Huskers Prepare to Host Wolverines and Spartans
No. 17 Nebraska (20-2, 6-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 14 Michigan (13-6, 6-1 Big Ten)
Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: NU Varsity Courts
Start Time: 3 p.m.
No. 17 Nebraska (20-2, 6-1 Big Ten) vs. Michigan State (8-10, 0-7 Big Ten)
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: NU Varsity Courts
Start Time: 3 p.m.
The 17th-ranked Nebraska women's tennis team (20-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will welcome the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans to Lincoln this weekend. The Huskers will look for their second victory this season against an ITA Top 20 team as they face 14th-ranked Michigan (13-6, 6-1 Big Ten) on Friday at 3 p.m. before facing Michigan State (8-10, 0-7 Big Ten) on Sunday at noon. Both matches will be held at the NU Varsity Courts on 17th and Vine St.
Nebraska will look to extend a five-match conference winning streak this weekend after a pair of 5-2 wins over Big Ten foes Indiana and Purdue last weekend.
NU is tied with Michigan and Northwestern for first in the Big Ten standings this week, as all three squads hold a 6-1 mark in conference play. Nebraska's lone conference loss this season came in a 4-3 setback at Illinois. Following that match, Nebraska took a 5-2 victory over current-No. 11 Northwestern. The Huskers will try to take a lead in conference play this weekend with a win over the Wolverines.
2012 Huskers Take Aim at Program Records
As the 2012 Huskers continue one of the most successful seasons in school history, members of the squad are on track to shatter several individual and team records this spring. The team as a whole has compiled a total of 20 wins this season, tying the No. 2 all-time record for most team wins (20, 2011). NU's total of two losses this season is also currently the fewest in program history.
In addition, three Huskers currently hold over 40 combined singles and doubles wins this season and are on track to vie for the season combined wins record of 51, set by Doneta Holmen in 1989-90. With four regular season matches remaining as well as conference and NCAA play on the horizon, Mary Weatherholt (47), Stefanie Weinstein (45) and Patricia Veresova (43) all have a shot at breaking into the top five all-time for season combined wins at NU.
Nebraska in the National Rankings
Nebraska remained at No. 17 nationally in this week's ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings, released April 10. It is the second consecutive week NU has been ranked 17th overall; the ranking marks a new program record for the Huskers.
The Huskers are the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten, trailing only No. 11 Northwestern and No. 14 Michigan. Seven Big Ten schools claimed spots in the rankings this week, with a total of four in the Top 20. Illinois fell to No. 23 overall after a loss to Michigan last weekend. Minnesota is ranked No. 31, Purdue is No. 34 and Indiana comes in at No. 47 overall this week.
Nebraska is 10-2 this season against schools currently ranked in the ITA Top 25, has six wins against opponents in the Top 50, including a victory over No. 14 Northwestern. The Huskers have also knocked off No. 26 Tulsa, No. 40 Arkansas and No. 47 Penn State. Last week, NU picked up two more wins against top-50 foes, topping No. 34 Purdue and No. 47 Indiana.
Additionally, five Huskers found themselves in the ITA Division I Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Rankings this week. NU was led by senior Mary Weatherholt, who achieved a rank of 43rd nationally. Weatherholt holds a spring singles record of 18-4 that includes a 5-2 mark against ranked opponents. Also appearing in the singles rankings for April 10 was juniors Janine Weinreich (No. 94) and Patricia Veresova (No. 116).
In the doubles rankings, senior Madeleine Geibert and junior Stefanie Weinstein picked up a ranking of 44th nationally. The duo has partnered for a 21-7 overall record in 2011-12, including a 15-4 mark this spring and a perfect 3-0 record against ranked opponents.
Tracking the Rankings
Jan. 3 #39
Jan. 24 #39
Feb. 2 #29
Feb. 7 #29
Feb. 16 #28
Feb. 22 #27
Feb. 29 #36
March 6 #32
March 13 #23
March 20 #25
March 27 #18
April 3 #17
April 10 #17
Scouting the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines
Head Coach: Ronni Bernstein
2012 Record: 13-6 (6-1 Big Ten)
National Ranking: No. 14
The Michigan Wolverines enter this weekend's matches with a 13-6 overall record that includes a 6-1 mark in conference play. Michigan will come to Lincoln following their first conference loss this season, a 3-4 loss at the hands of No. 11 Northwestern.
Freshman Emina Bektas has led the Wolverines on the court this season. Bektas has notched a 25-7 singles record thus far in her freshman campaign and is currently the 11th-ranked singles player in the nation.
Head Coach Ronni Bernstein is in her fifth season at the helm of the Michigan program. Nebraska and Michigan have met once previously on the courts, with the Wolverines holding a 1-0 advantage over the Huskers.
Scouting the Michigan State Spartans
Head Coach: Simone Jardim
2012 Record: 8-10 (0-7 Big Ten)
National Ranking: NR
The Michigan State Spartans will travel to Lincoln this weekend holding an 8-10 record, including an 0-7 mark in Big Ten action. The Spartans are still searching for their first Big Ten win of the season after finish last weekend with an 0-7 loss to No. 23 Illinois.
The Spartans are led by sophomore Katarina Lingl, who holds a team-best 10-8 record in singles play this season. Lingl has seen action at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions in 2012.
Head Coach Simone Jardim is in her fourth season as head coach of the Spartans. The Spartans hold a 1-0 all-time lead against the Huskers.
Nebraska will conclude their Big Ten conference slate next week with a home match and an away match. NU will welcome the No. 33 Minnesota Golden Gophers to Lincoln on Friday, April 20 for a 2 p.m. dual at the NU Varsity Courts on 17th and Vine St. In case of inclement weather, the match will be moved to the Nebraska Tennis Center.
NU will then wrap up regular season conference action on Sunday, April 22 with a match against the Wisconsin Badgers at 11 a.m. The match will take place at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the University of Wisconsin campus.
Jacobson Notches 300th Coaching Win in California
Nebraska women's tennis head coach Scott Jacobson registered the 300th victory of his career with the Huskers' 4-3 win at Long Beach State on March 20. Jacobson entered the season with 285 victories and has led the Huskers to a 15-1 record to open the season.
The 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 back-to-back bids in 2010 and 2011.
Geibert Breaks School Record
Senior Madeleine Geibert owns the Nebraska record for most career combined wins. Geibert has registered 176 combined wins in singles and doubles play during her career. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany, is 18-9 (13-6 spring) in singles and 21-7 (15-4 spring) in doubles play in 2011-12.