NU Falls to Gonzaga, 4-1
Durham, N.C., -- The Nebraska women’s tennis team fell to Gonzaga, 4-1 in the consolation match of the ITA Weekend Kick-Off. This weekend’s competition was hosted by Duke University at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Facility.
Starting the morning with doubles, the Huskers dropped sets at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage.
At No. 3, the team of Marina Cozac and Jeannie Lozowski got out to a quick start taking a 3-2 lead over Haruna Tsuruta and Kate Ketels. Cozac and Lozowski were unable to close out the match, falling 6-3.
The Huskers entered singles competition with the same lineup as their first round match vs. Old Dominion.
Vasanti Shinde took on nationally ranked Sophie Whittle (No. 5) at No. 1 singles. Shinde fell 6-2, 6-0 to the first team All-WCC singles player.
At the No. 6 spot, Jeannie Lozowski played Gonzaga’s Sara Komer. Lozowski fell in a close first set 5-7 and was defeated in the second 6-2.
With a 3-0 advantage, the Bulldogs were one win away from closing out the match.
Junior, Claire Reifeis was able to maintain her undefeated singles record with a come-from-behind victory over Graciela Rosas. After dropping the first set 6-0, Reifeis came out strong in the second set, picking up a 6-3 win and forcing a deciding third set. The Indianapolis, Ind., native picked up the Huskers lone win on the day with a dominant 6-2 third set triumph.
Marina Cozac, Jessica Aragon and Hayley Haakenstad all fought to keep the Huskers alive. At No. 5, Haakenstad forced a first set tiebreaker vs. Sara Komer, but would fall 7-6 (1), 6-2. With that win, play concluded and the Bulldogs claimed the match, 4-1.
The Huskers return home next weekend to take on Kansas State, UMKC and South Dakota at the Dillon Tennis Center.
Results vs. Gonzaga:
1. Sophie Whittle (GON) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-2, 6-0
2. Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Graciela Rosas (GON) 0-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Marina Cozac (NEB) vs. Domonique Garley (GON) 4-6, 6-2, 2-4, unfinished
4. Jessica Aragon (NEB) vs. Haruna Tsuruta (GON) 5-7, 2-6, 2-1, unfinished
5. Vlada Medvedcova (GON) def. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) 7-6 (1), 6-2
6. Sara Komer (GON) def. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) 7-5, 6-2
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,6,2,5)