Huskers Top Previously Undefeated Louisville 4-2
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska women’s tennis team earned its fifth-straight home victory on Friday night against the visiting Louisville Cardinals. Louisville, who the Huskers had never played prior to tonight, came into tonight’s dual meet with a perfect 9-0 record before falling to the Huskers.
NU went up 1-0 after taking the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Jessica Aragon and Claire Reifeis moved to 6-2 together on the season after making quick work of UL’s Nikolina Jovic and Raven Neely at No. 2. The Cardinals won the first game before Aragon and Reifeis battled back to win six of the next seven to win the match.
Seniors Marina Cozac and Vasanti Shinde won their fifth match in the last six outings together, defeating Sena Suswam and Diana Wong 6-2. NU’s Hayley Haakenstad and Jeannie Lozowski battled hard but ultimately fell, 5-7, at No. 3 doubles.
Louisville scored its first point of the night at the No. 3 singles spot as Raven Neely defeated Marina Cozac, 6-1, 6-3.
Hayley Haakenstad won her fourth singles match in her last five tries as she defeated Louisville’s Diana Wong at No. 6 singles to put the Huskers back up 2-1. Haakenstad is now 4-1 on the year when she plays in the sixth spot in the lineup.
A junior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., Jeannie Lozowski played admirably against Louisville’s Nikolina Jovic. Jovic, the #114 singles player in the country according to the ITA Tennis Rankings, came into the match undefeated at 9-0. Lozowski dropped the first set, 3-6, but hung tough in the second set before falling in a tiebreaker, 6-7 (6-8).
Claire Reifeis put the Huskers back on top, 3-2, with her team-high eighth singles win. She defeated Louisville’s Aleksandra Mally 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1. Reifeis is now 4-1 at the No. 1 singles position.
Plano, Texas native Jessica Aragon sealed the deal for NU after she bested Louisville’s Chloe Hamlin at the No. 5 singles spot. The freshman won handily (6-2) in the first set before falling 5-7 in set two. She was able to grind out a 6-4 set three victory to clinch the match for her team and simultaneously earn her fifth career singles win as a Husker.
Vasanti Shinde, the Husker senior who turned 22 years old today, battled back from a 1-6 loss in set one to win the second set, 6-4. Her match went unfinished as she remained tied at four with the Cardinals’ Sena Suswam
With the win, Nebraska moves to 6-5 (0-0 Big Ten) on the year while Louisville drops to 9-1 (1-0 ACC). The Cardinals will battle Wichita State tomorrow at 2 p.m. before heading back to Kentucky.
Results vs. Louisville
1. Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Aleksandra Mally (UL), 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1
2. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) vs. Sena Suswam (UL), 1-6, 6-4, 4-4, unfinished
3. Raven Neely (UL) def. Marina Cozac (NEB), 6-1, 6-3
4. #114 Nikolina Jovic (UL) def. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Jessica Aragon (NEB) def. Chloe Hamlin (UL), 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
6. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) def. Diana Wong (UL), 6-3, 6-3
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Nebraska takes on Wichita State on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Dillon Tennis Center will host once again as the Huskers aim for their sixth-straight home victory.
How to Follow Along:
Fans can follow along with the action at Huskers.com, where there will be a live video stream and live stats updated throughout the match.