Huskers Down Hawkeyes in Big Ten Opener
Lincoln, Neb.-The No. 32 Nebraska women's tennis team (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) downed the No. 58 Iowa Hawkeyes (5-4, 0-1 Big Ten) 6-1 on Friday to pick up their first conference win as members of the Big Ten. The Huskers swept all three doubles matches for the 13th time this season en route to their victory, which is Head Coach Scott Jacobson's 298th career win.
The teams took to the doubles courts first on Friday evening, where Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova (NU) made quick work of Morven McCulloch and Christina Harazin (UI) in No. 2 doubles, picking up a solid 8-2 win. The duo of Janine Weinreich and Jennifer Holmberg (NU) then secured the doubles point for the Big Red, downing Katie Zordani and Ellen Silver (UI), 8-4 in No. 3 doubles.
The No. 23 ranked duo of Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein completed the doubles sweep for the Huskers, emerging victorious from a battle in No. 1 doubles against Sonja Molnar and Shelby Talcott (UI). After falling behind by a score of 2-5, the Husker pair rattled off five consecutive points to take a 7-5 lead and used their momentum to finish with a strong 8-6 victory.
After a break, the match moved to singles action, where No. 55 ranked Mary Weatherholt took the first win for the Huskers. Despite tweaking her ankle late in the second set, Weatherholt fought through the injury to crush Iowa's Shelby Talcott, 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles. No. 110 ranked Janine Weinreich struck next, extended NU's lead to 3-0 win her solid 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Hawkeyes' Christina Harazin at the No. 5 position.
Patricia Veresova would clinch the match for Nebraska in No. 1 singles, downing No. 110 Sonja Molnar 7-5, 6-1. The win was Veresova's first victory over a ranked opponent this season and gave NU a 4-0 lead.
The Hawkeyes continued to battle, picking up a victory in No. 3 singles as Morven McCulloch topped NU's Madeleine Geibert, 6-0, 3-6, 4-6. The Huskers didn't relent, however, as freshman Izabella Zgierska topped Katie Zordani of Iowa, 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 4 position to push Nebraska's lead to 5-1.
Nebraska's final win of the night came on the No. 6 singles court, where Maike Zeppernick gritted out a long match that included a 7-5 (14-12 )tiebreaker win in the first set to take the victory over Iowa's Ellen Silver, 7-6 (14-12), 7-5.
Nebraska's win moves the Big Red to 1-0 in conference play and extends their winning streak to 12 consecutive matches. The Huskers will be back in action on Sunday against No. 30 Tulsa at 11:30 a.m. The match may be outdoors at 17th and Vine St. Courts, weather permitting. Fans should stay tuned to Huskers.com for the venue announcements on Sunday morning.
No. 32 Nebraska 6
No. 58 Iowa 1
Nebraska Tennis Center
1. Madeleine Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein (NU) def. Sonja Molnar/Shelby Talcott (UI), 8-6
2. Mary Weatherholt/Patricia Veresova (NU) def. Morven McCulloch/Christina Harazin (UI), 8-2
3. Janine Weinreich/Jennifer Holmbert (NU) def. Katie Zordani/Ellen Silver (UI), 8-4
Order of finish
(2, 3, 1)
1. Patricia Veresova (NU) def. No. 110 Sonja Molnar (UI), 7-5, 6-1
2. No. 55 Mary Weatherholt (NU) def. Shelby Talcott (UI), 6-0, 6-1
3. Morven McCulloch (UI) def. Madeleine Geibert (NU), 6-0, 3-6, 4-6
4. Izabella Zgierska (NU) def. Katie Zordani (UI), 6-4, 6-4
5. No. 106 Janine Weinreich (NU) def. Christina Harazin (UI), 6-3, 6-4
6. Maike Zeppernick (NU) def. Ellen Silver (UI), 7-6 (14-12), 7-5
Order of finish
(2, 5, 1, 3, 4, 6)