Izabella

Zgierska

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Year: Senior
Hometown: Miesbach, Germany
High School: Gymnasium Miesbach

Bio

Honors & Awards
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2014, 2015; Spring 2013, 2014)
  • Nebraska Herman Team GPA Award (2012, 2013, 2014)

2014-15: Senior

Izabella Zgierska maintained her role at the No. 2 singles spot for NU’s lineup in her final season as a Husker, earning an 11-2 singles mark while going 2-9 in Big Ten play. She teamed up with Mary Hanna to fill the No. 1 doubles spot finishing with a 14-7 record, going 4-7 against Big Ten opponents. 

After bumping up to the No. 2 singles spot in her junior year, Zgierska continued her role at that spot in her senior year, and began the year strong with a five-match hot streak.  Her play was highlighted by strong wins over nationally ranked teams, including her three-set victory over No. 51 Denver’s Sonja Radosevic and No. 59 Minnesota’s Caroline Ryba.

Zgierska teamed up with Maggy Lehmicke, Lisa Andersson and Mary Hanna early in the spring season, suffering only one loss in the first 12 matches. Zgierska and Hanna made an impressive run at the No. 1 spot, fueling the Huskers’ doubles success throughout the spring season.  The duo produced seven consecutive victories to begin their impressive outing at the top of the lineup. 

2013-14: Junior

Zgierska was the lone junior on the Huskers roster playing from the No. 2 singles exclusively and filling the No. 2 and 3 doubles spots throughout 2014. Zgierska finished with a 13-20 overall singles record and a 9-15 spring mark and going 2-9 in the Big Ten. Zgierska partnered with Maike Zeppernick the whole spring finishing with a 11-16 overal and 8-10 spring tally, going 2-6 in Big Ten play.

Off the court, Zgierska helped the Huskers earn their fourth straight Herman Award for highest team GPA of all Nebraska women's sports and found herself as one of four Huskers to earn Academic All-Big Ten in 2014. She also earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2014.

2012-13: Sophomore
Zgierska was the lone sophomore on Nebraska’s eight-player roster. Zgierska played at No. 5 and 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Zgierska tallied an 11-15 singles record, including an 9-11 mark in the spring and 4-3 in Big Ten play. Zgierska battled an injury early in the spring that forced her to retire from a match on Jan. 22 against Amanda Noonan of Creighton. Prior to her final regular-season victory on April 19 for the regular-season, Zgierska saw a five-match slump, not capturing a win from March 8 to April 19.

Zgierska tallied a 10-10 doubles record, including a 9-9 spring mark and a 2-4 record in the Big Ten. Her primary partner was Maggy Lehmicke. The team paired up for all of her matches except one on Feb. 15 against Illinois State with Zeppernick.

Zgierska and Lehmicke had a hot streak of six matches from Feb. 10 to March 8. The duo suffered a six-match losing streak to conclude the regular season.

2011-12: Freshman
Zgierska solidfied the Huskers’ doubles lineup during the Big Ten season. She teamed with fellow German Janine Weinreich to post a 7-3 record at the No. 3 doubles spot in 11 Big Ten matches.

Zgierska and Weinreich combined to go 7-3 over NU’s final 11 matches of the season (match vs. Purdue at Big Ten Tournament not completed), including an 8-1 win over North Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The duo also closed the regular season with three straight Big Ten wins against Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Their only Big Ten losses came to Michigan and Purdue.

Overall, Zgierska posted a 14-3 doubles record, including a 3-0 mark with Mary Weatherholt and a 4-0 record with Maike Zeppernick at the No. 4 spot.

Zgierska also produced a 7-5 record in singles competition as a freshman, including a 2-0 mark in Big Ten play. Zgierska defeated Michigan State’s Julianna Gruber in three sets at the No. 6 spot on April 15. Zgierska made her first Big Ten appearance with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Iowa’s Katie Zordani at the No. 4 spot on March 9. Zgierska was 1-0 at No. 4, 5-3 at No. 5 and 1-2 at No. 6 singles on the year.

Before Nebraska
Zgierska played tennis in Germany and attended high school at Miesbach. She was ranked as high as No. 117 nationally in Germany.

Personal
Izabella is a native of Miesbach, Germany, where she was born on Nov. 9, 1992. She is the daughter of Cezary and Joanna Zgierska and has one sister, Sara. Izabella is majoring in business administration at Nebraska. She earned Academic All-Big Ten in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and is a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

SINGLES
Year Spring Big Ten  Fall Total
2011-12 7-5 2-0 0-0 7-5
2012-13 9-11 4-3 2-4 11-15
2013-14 9-15 2-9 4-5

13-20

2014-15 11-12 2-9 3-3

14-15

Totals 36-43 10-21 9-12 27-55
DOUBLES

Year Spring Big Ten  Fall Total
2011-12 14-3 6-2 0-0 14-3
2012-13 9-9 2-4 1-1 10-10
2013-14 8-10 2-6 3-6 11-16
2014-15 16-8 4-7 3-2 19-10
Totals 47-30 14-19 7-9 54-39
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