Mary Weatherholt hopes to be Nebraska's winningest women's tennis player concluding 2013.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Spring Season Starts At Home For Huskers

By NU Athletic Communications

No. 17 Nebraska (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
vs. Eastern Michigan (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
Saturday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m. (Lincoln, Neb. - Nebraska Tennis Center)

The No. 17 Nebraska women's tennis team (0-0,0-0 Big Ten) host Eastern Michigan for their first spring match on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. The Huskers look forward to a successful campaign in 2013 starting with the Eagles.

Following the most successful season in school history last spring of 2012, NU hopes to build on their foundation and ascend further into the premiership of college tennis. Last season's record, 24-5, 9-2 Big Ten, sets the bar high for the Huskers, who aren't afraid of the challenging task to do even better.

Weatherholt is on track to be the winningest women's tennis player in school history if she persists in the success she has had so far during her reign at Nebraska. Already notched at fourth on the list of career combined wins (156) for the Huskers, Weatherholt needs only 26 victories in singles and doubles combined to topple the number one spot (181), held currently by former comrade and 2012 graduate Madeleine Geibert. Holding numerous spots in the record book for Nebraska, the senior from Prairie Village, Kan. will be a hot commodity to pay attention to this season because she is en route to more record-breaking success.

Weinstein is also a staple in Nebraska's lineup putting up great performances in the past in both singles and doubles. The senior from Much, Germany, is a specialist on the doubles side holding the top spot in the record books for season doubles individual wins (29) and the third (26), fourth (20), and fifth (19) spot on the season doubles teams wins list with former teammate and current winningest player Geibert. With only 17 victories in either singles or doubles, Weinstein could move into the top five list of career combined wins and join Weatherholt and Geibert as she currently sits at sixth with 135 wins.

Veresova, a senior from Piestany, Slovakia, is also in the record books sitting at third on the list for season combined wins with 52 in 2011-12, trailing only behind fellow teammates Weinstein in second (54, 2011-12) and Weatherholt in first (56, 2011-12)

The Huskers made it to the Big Ten Tournament in their first season as a part of the conference and look to continue that achievement this year and possibly come away with a championship win. With their conference record at 9-2 they tied for third in the Big Ten last season and are on the hunt to top the table this season. With Jacobson at the helm, NU made it to their third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance in 2012 and they have made it a goal to tally on their fourth consecutive this season. Falling in the second round to Texas last year, the Huskers will be pushing to make it even farther in 2013.

Huskers Add Two Freshmen To The Roster
The Huskers add two new players to their roster to come to a total of eight players replacing the two lost graduates Geibert and Holmberg. Joining the team are Maggy Lehmicke and Lauren Wagner. Lehmicke, a native of Kirkland, Wash., played tennis for Chrysalis School and Northwest High Performance during her pre-college career is not a stranger to the court. Lehmicke was decorated as the No. 74 player nationally in high school  and the No. 2 player in the Northwest Region and State of Washington alike. Wagner, a native of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., trained at the Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, Calif., participating in various national tournaments. Wagner chose Nebraska stating that she loves the coaches, the current players, the campus and the idea of Nebraska athletics that academics are important. Head Coach Scott Jacobson believes both players will be a tremendous addition to the team individually as both a player and a person.

Nebraska in the National Rankings
The Huskers made the top 25 to begin their campaign this season sitting at No. 17 nationally in the ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings. The school's current record for highest national ranking is 16th achieved last season before heading to the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska will make a push to surpass this mark and ascend the ranks.

The Huskers are the third-highest ranked Big Ten team, falling only to No. 13 Northwestern and No. 16 Michigan. Illinois sits at No. 24 marking a total of four Big Ten teams in the top 25. Only two Big Ten teams didn't make the ITA rankings, being, Iowa and Michigan State, which makes it a total of ten teams from the Big Ten to make the cut rounded out by No. 27 Purdue, No. 41 Minnesota, No. 49 Indiana, No. 50 Penn State, No. 57 Ohio State, and bottom of the pole No. 75 Wisconsin.

Looking Ahead
Nebraska will have their second match at home before hosting the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. NU will hold a dual against Creighton on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. before welcoming Tennessee, Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech to town for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.

Following the Kick-Off event, the Huskers will face their first Big Ten opponent at home against Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m.

Scouting the Eastern Michigan Eagles
Head Coach: Ryan Ray
2012 Record: 9-15 (5-3 MAC)
National Ranking: NR

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will travel to Lincoln this weekend for a double-header at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The Eagles start their double-header on Friday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. against the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers before facing your Nebraska Huskers on Saturday.

Head Coach Ryan Ray is in his seventh season at the head of the EMU squad.


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