Huskers Prevail in Doubleheader
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska women’s tennis team went 2-0 against Colorado State and North Dakota today, moving its record to 8-6 in non-conference play. NU has now won six of its last seven dual meets at the Dillon Tennis Center.
Seniors Marina Cozac and Vasanti Shinde locked down the doubles point for the Huskers after defeating CSU’s No. 1 pair, Nancy Ghanem and Alyssa Grijalva, 6-2. Cozac and Shinde have won four of their last five doubles matches together.
In singles play, Hayley Haakenstad was the first Husker to win her match as she defeated Riley Reeves of Colorado State. The Chanhassen, Minn., native put the Huskers up 2-0 in the team score with a dominating, 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 6 singles spot. Haakenstad has taken five of her last six decisions, all coming out of the sixth spot in the lineup.
Port Saint Lucie Fla., native Jeannie Lozowski gave the Huskers a 3-0 advantage as she defeated Alyssa Grijalva of Colorado State, 6-1, 6-3. Playing out of the No. 3 singles spot for the first time this season, Lozowski continued her strong play as of late. She’s now won in three of her last four decisions.
Junior Claire Reifeis dropped her match at No. 2 singles to Stella Cliffe of Colorado State 6-2, 6-3. Today’s loss to Cliffe marks Reifeis first defeat at No. 2 singles in the 2019 season.
Needing just one more single win to claim the match, Jessica Aragon stepped up big for Nebraska. The Freshman out of Plano, Texas defeated Priscilla Palermo 6-3, 6-1 clinching the match for the Huskers.
Play would continue into third set super-tiebreakers at both No. 1 and No. 4. Marina Cozac battled back-and-forth with Nancy Ghanem, eventually falling 6-4, 1-6, 8-10 in Cozac’s first contest at No. 4 singles.
Playing at No.1, senior Vasanti Shinde would fall to Emily Luestschwager, breaking Shinde’s win streak of seven straight. The nationally-ranked singles player fell to Luestschwager of Colorado State, 6-3, 5-7, 5-10.
Following a two-hour break in the action, the Huskers welcomed North Dakota to the Dillon Center. The match began with doubles competition where the Huskers stuck with the same double’s lineup.
The No. 1 pair of Vasanti Shinde and Marina Cozac dominated their opponents from North Dakota, claiming a 6-2 win. Claire Reifeis and Jessica Aragon followed close behind, picking up the 6-3 win at No. 2 singles.
Claire Reifeis quickly defeated Isa Sullivan of North Dakota, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1, giving the Huskers a 2-0 advantage.
At No. 3 singles, Marina Cozac pulled off the 6-1, 6-2 victory over Preethi Kasilingam. Cozac is now 3-3 for the Big Red playing at No. 3 position.
Playing at No. 2 for the first time this season, Jeannie Lozowski would push Nebraska to the win, defeating Kaede Amano in a swift 6-4, 6-0 match. At No. 5, Hayley Haakenstad took care of business with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Zahra Finnigan and giving the Big Red the 5-0 win over the Fighting Hawks.
Making her debut for the Huskers this season was Emma Worley. The Junior from Northville, Mich., took on Alex Revenig of North Dakota. Their match went unfinished with Worley leading 2-6, 6-3, 2-0.
Results vs. Colorado State:
1. Emily Luetschwager (CSU) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 3-6, 7-5, 10-5
2. Stella Cliffe (CSU) def. Claire Reifeis 6-2, 6-3
3. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) def. Alyssa Grijalva (CSU), 6-1, 6-3
4. Nancy Ghanem (CSU) def. Marina Cozac 4-6, 6-1, 10-8
5. Jessica Aragon (NEB) def. Priscilla Palermo (CSU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) def. Riley Reeves (CSU), 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish:
Results vs. North Dakota:
1. Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Isa Sullivan 6-1, 6-0
2. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) def. Kaede Amano (UND) 6-4, 6-0
3. Marina Cozac (NEB) def. Preethi Kasilingam (UND) 6-1, 6-2
4. Jessica Aragon (NEB) vs. Allie Ochotorena (UND) 6-7 (10-8), unfinished
5. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) def. Zahra Finnigan (UND) 6-0, 6-2
6. Emma Worley (NEB) vs. Alex Revenig (UND) 2-6, 6-3, 2-0, unfinished
Order of Finish:
Nebraska will complete non-conference play next weekend with dual meets in consecutive days against Washington State and Iowa State. NU will host Washington State at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 and Iowa State at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 3.
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.