Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska women’s tennis team (8-5, 0-1 Big Ten) lost their Big Ten opening match at home on Friday to Iowa (8-4, 1-0 Big Ten) by a score of 6-1. The Hawkeyes grabbed the doubles point in two matches before rolling to beat the Huskers 6-1 in the singles matches.
Beginning the match in doubles, Iowa took the first match at the No. 2 position when Shelby Talcott and Annette Dohanics outpaced Nebraska’s Maike Zeppernick and Izabella Zgierska 8-5. The Hawkeyes secured the point at the No. 1 spot when Morven McCulloch and Ruth Seaborne toppled NU’s Mary Hanna and Maggy Lehmicke 8-6. The No. 3 position did not finish with Iowa’s Aimee Tarun and Ellen Silver leading the Huskers’ Hannah Sulz and Lisa Andersson 7-6.
The Hawkeyes had the lead at 1-0 heading into singles before extending that advantage at the No. 2 position when McCulloch scorched Nebraska’s Zgierska 6-2, 6-2. With the match at 2-0, Iowa jumped further ahead at the No. 3 spot when Talcott outlasted the Huskers’ Andersson 6-3, 6-1. NU brought a point back at the No. 5 position to make the score 3-1 when Zeppernick dominated UI’s Silver 6-2, 6-1.
The match was sealed at the No. 4 spot when Iowa’s Dohanics defeated Nebraska’s Hanna 6-2, 6-3. The remaining matches played through with UI’s Tarun knocked off the Huskers’ Sulz 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 6 while fellow Hawkeye No. 86-ranked Seaborne defeated NU's Lehmicke 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 1.
The Huskers face Wichita State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the NU Vine Street Varsity courts on the university’s city campus, just southeast of the intersection at 17th and Vine streets.
Nebraska - 1
No. 70 Iowa - 6
1. No. 86 Ruth Seaborne (UI) def. Maggy Lehmicke (NU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Morven McCulloch (UI) def. Izabella Zgierska (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Shelby Talcott (UI) def. Lisa Andersson (NU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Annette Dohanics (UI) def. Mary Hanna (NU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Maike Zeppernick (NU) def. Ellen Silver (UI) 6-2, 6-1
6. Aimee Tarun (UI) def. Hannah Sulz (NU) 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish (2, 3, 5, 4, 6, 1)
1. Morven McCulloch/Ruth Seaborne (UI) def. Mary Hanna/Maggy Lehmicke (NU) 8-6
2. Shelby Talcott/Annette Dohanics (UI) def. Maike Zeppernick/Izabella Zgierska (NU) 8-5
3. Aimee Tarun/Ellen Silver (UI) vs. Hannah Sulz/Lisa Andersson (NU) 7-6, DNF
Order of finish (2, 1)