Izabella Zgierska and Maike Zeppernick posted a 2-0 record last weekend in double play.
Photo by BreAnna Haessler/NU Media Relations

Nebraska Welcomes Ranked Opponents

By NU Athletic Communications

No. 32 Nebraska (12-1) vs. No. 58 Iowa (5-3)
Date: Friday, March 9, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: Nebraska Tennis Center
Start time: 5 p.m.

No. 32 Nebraska (12-1) vs. No. 30 Tulsa (9-2)
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: Nebraska Tennis Center
Start time: 11:30 a.m.

The No. 32 Nebraska women's tennis team (12-1) will host a pair of ranked opponents this weekend as they welcome the No. 58 Iowa Hawkeyes (5-3) and the No. 30 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-2) to Lincoln. The Huskers will face the Hawkeyes in their Big Ten opener on Friday evening at 5 p.m. NU will take a day off before challenging the Golden Hurricane on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in a rematch of the Huskers' first-round matchup last year in the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday's match against Tulsa may be held at the 17th & Vine St. Courts in Lincoln, weather permitting. Fans should stay tuned to Huskers.com for any venue change announcements, which will be posted early Sunday morning.

Geibert on Pace to Shatter School Record
Senior Madeleine Geibert is quickly closing in on Sandra Noetzel's school record for career combined wins (172, 1996-2000). Geibert is tied for No. 2 all-time with former Husker Imke Reimers, holding 164 combined wins in singles and doubles play during her career at Nebraska. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany is on pace to set a school record in just five matches.

Geibert is 13-5 (8-2 spring) in singles and 16-3 (10-1 spring) in doubles play in 2011-12.

Head Coach Scott Jacobson Closes in on 300 Career Wins
Nebraska women's tennis head coach Scott Jacobson entered the 2011-12 season with 285 career victories. Midway through the season, Jacobson is closing in on his 300th career victory. Entering this weekend's matches against Iowa and Tulsa, Jacobson has 297 career victories.

Jacobson, a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year selection (2005, 2009), has guided the Huskers to four NCAA tournament appearances in the past seven  years, including two consecutive appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Nebraska in the National Rankings
The Huskers climbed to No. 32 nationally in the latest ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings, released March 6. The Huskers remain at third among Big Ten teams, coming in behind No. 14 Northwestern and No. 16 Michigan. Five Big Ten opponents trail the Huskers: No. 39 Minnesota, No. 41 Indiana, No. 45 Illinois, No. 53 Penn State and No. 58 Iowa. 

Tracking the Rankings
Date           Rank
Jan. 3            #39
Jan. 24          #39
Feb. 2           #29
Feb. 7           #29
Feb. 16         #28
Feb. 22         #27
Feb. 29         #36
March 6        #32

Scouting the Iowa Hawkeyes
Head Coach: Katie Dougherty
2012 Record: 5-3
National Ranking: No. 58

The Iowa Hawkeyes entered the week with a 5-3 record in 2012 that includes wins over Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Illinois State. The Hawkeyes are led by Katie Dougherty, who is in her third season as head coach of the program.

Iowa has been paced on the court by senior Sonja Molnar, who has appeared exclusively at the No. 1 singles position for the Hawkeyes. Molnar is ranked No. 110 nationally in singles play and holds a 7-1 record this spring that includes a 1-1 mark against ranked opponents.   

Nebraska last faced the Hawkeyes last season in Iowa City, cruising past Iowa with a 5-2 victory.

Scouting the Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Head Coach: Dean Orford
2012 Record: 9-2
National Ranking: No. 30     

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane come to Lincoln with a 9-2 record in 2012, carrying wins over No. 33 North Carolina State, No. 31 Oklahoma, No. 53 Kansas State and No. 40 North Texas. Both of Tulsa's losses have come at the hands of Top 25 opponents.     

Head Coach Dean Orford is in his seventh season at the helm of the program. The Golden Hurricane have been a mainstay in the NCAA Tournament over the past two seasons, advancing to the second round both years. 

Nebraska and Tulsa last squared off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Ann Arbor, where the Golden Hurricane knocked the Huskers out of contention with a 4-2 win.

Doubles Dominance
The Huskers have received a big boost this season from their outstanding doubles play. NU has posted a 38-1 record this season in doubles play, with the only loss coming at the No. 3 position against Northwestern on Jan. 29. Nebraska has swept doubles play in every match they have won so far this season.

Six Huskers remain undefeated in singles play, led by junior Stefanie Weinstein's mark of 13-0 this spring. Weinstein has partnered with senior Madeleine Geibert the majority of the season, compiling an 11-0 record while holding a ranking of No. 23 nationally.

Looking Ahead
After a busy month of tennis, the Huskers will take a break next week before hitting the road during spring break. Nebraska will travel to No. 47 Long Beach State on Tuesday, March 20 for a 4 p.m. CT (2 p.m. PT) match. NU will return to the midwest for their first Big Ten road trip, going head-to-head with No. 45 Illinois on Saturday, March 24 at noon.



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