Huskers Head to Texas for NCAA Tournament
2012 NCAA Tournament Regionals - First and Second Rounds
Teams Participating: Texas (#1), Nebraska (#2), North Texas (#3), Wichita State (#4)
Dates: Friday, May 10 (First Round)
Saturday, May 11 (Second Round)
Location: Austin, Texas
Venue: Penick-Nilson Tennis Center
Live Stats: TexasSports.com
The 17th-ranked Nebraska women's tennis team will head to Austin, Texas this weekend as the team competes in their third consecutive NCAA Tournament. Nebraska is seeded second overall in the regional hosted by the University of Texas and will face No. 3 seed North Texas in the first round of the tournament. The match is slated for a 10 a.m. (CT) start on Friday, May 11. No. 1 seed Texas and No. 4 seed Wichita State will square off on the opposing side of the bracket on Friday at 1 p.m. (CT). The winners of the two matches will advance to the second round match on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. (CT) with a berth in the round of 16 in Georgia on the line. All matches will be held at the Penick-Nilson Tennis Center in Austin.
The Huskers (23-4, 9-2 Big Ten) journey to Texas hoping to prove themselves after being upset in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament by eventual-tournament champion Purdue. The team has already captured the school record for most victories in a season after downing Minnesota and Wisconsin at the conclusion of regular-season play.
Nebraska will look to pick up their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2010 and the program's second of all time as the team takes to the court against the North Texas Mean Green (18-6, 6-0 Sun Belt). Big Ten Athlete of the Year and NU junior Mary Weatherholt will lead the Huskers out of the No. 1 position. The Prairie Village, Kan. native and First Team All-Big Ten selection will take aim at her 30th singles win of the season in the opening NCAA match. Her 29 singles wins and 25 doubles wins this season give her 54 combined wins on the season, the most by a player in Nebraska history.
Weatherholt is joined in the Husker lineup by senior Madeleine Geibert, who owns Nebraska's career combined victories record with 180. Geibert is 20-12 in singles action and has teamed with Stefanie Weinstein to make up the No. 42 doubles team in the nation at NU's No. 1 position. The duo has posted a 25-8 record this season, good for third all-time for doubles wins in a season at Nebraska.
Junior Patricia Veresova picked up her 50th combined win last weekend in Big Ten play, going to 2-0 in singles and doubles action. Veresova is ranked No. 111 in singles action and has picked up a 27-9 mark in singles play this year alongside a 22-5 mark alongside Weatherholt in doubles.
Junior Stefanie Weinstein also broke 50 combined wins last weekend with a win in doubles. Weinstein has rolled to a 23-7 singles mark and a 28-8 doubles mark this season. She is the other half of the 42nd-ranked doubles pairing in the country alongside Geibert. Junior Janine Weinreich has also enjoyed a breakout season fo rthe Huskers, rolling to a career-best 42 combined wins, including a sparkling 23-5 singles record playing primarily out of the No. 5 spot. Weinreich is ranked No. 97 nationallly in singles play.
Weatherholt Earns NCAA At-Large Bid
Junior Mary Weatherholt has earned an NCAA at-large bid in singles play, qualifying as one of the top 64 singles players in the country. The Prairie Village, Kan. native will compete at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships on May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Weatherholt was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year in women's tennis last week at the Big Ten Tournament and also earned unanimous First Team All-Big Ten honors. The junior has a school record 54 combined wins this season, including a 29-9 mark in singles play and a 25-5 mark in doubles action.
Weatherholt was one of only three Big Ten women's tennis athletes to earn a spot in singles competition, joining Michigan's Emina Bektas and Northwestern's Kate Turvy. Weatherholt consistently appeared throughout the season in the ITA Top 125 singles rankings, peaking as high as No. 40 nationally.
Weatherholt, Jacobson Nab Top Big Ten Honors
Two Nebraska women's tennis athletes and Head Coach Scott Jacobson took home conference accolades at the conference tournament banquet on April 26 Mary Weatherholt was named Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year and was a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection. Junior Patricia Veresova received Second-Team All-Big Ten honors, and Head Coach Scott Jacobson was awarded Big Ten Co-Coach of the Year alongside Michigan's Ronni Bernstein.
Weatherholt picked up NU's first Big Ten women's tennis Athlete of the Year honors after compiling an outstanding 10-1 Big Ten singles record out of the No. 1 position and a 9-1 conference mark in doubles. Weatherholt was also a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and took home one of 12 Big Ten Sportsmanship awards.
Veresova picked up her second all-conference accolade in two seasons with her Second Team All-Big Ten honors. The native of Piestany, Slovakia has played primarily out of the No. 2 singles position for NU this spring, racking up 26 singles wins and a 7-4 mark in Big Ten play.
Head Coach Scott Jacobson collected his second conference Coach of the Year honor in the last three seasons and his third award of his career. Jacobson was given the honor after leading the Huskers to a 23-3 record overall this season, including a 9-2 mark in conference play. Jacobson was a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year pick (2005, 2010) before NU joined the Big Ten this season.
Huskers Set School Record with 23rd Victory
Nebraska already has wrapped up the winningest season in school history after posting its 23rd victory to close the regular season at Wisconsin (6-1) on April 22. The Huskers carry a 23-4 record overall into this weekend's NCAA Tournament.
The Huskers won 22 matches in 2010 and 20 more in 2011, producing three straight 20-win campaigns. They are the first three 20-win seasons in school history.
Weatherholt Sets School Record for Combined Single-Season Wins
Mary Weatherholt has been rewriting the Nebraska record book since arriving on campus for the 2008-09 season, and that has continued as a redshirt junior in 2011-12. The Prairie Village, Kan., native set the school record for combined singles and doubles wins in a season (53) with a pair of victories at Wisconsin on April 22 and has since increased that total to 54 with a doubles win against Purdue last weekend. Weatherholt, who owns 29 singles wins and 25 doubles victories, broke the previous record of 51 set by Doneta Holmen in 1989-90. As a freshman, Weatherholt set the NU records for singles victories (36) in a season and singles winning percentage (36-4, .900). She also owns Nebraska's career singles winning percentage record of .828 (92-19).
As impressive as Weatherholt's individual totals have been in 2011-12, she is not alone in rewriting the Husker tennis record book. Junior teammate Stefanie Weinstein has tied for third in season combined wins, with 50 victories (23 singles, 27 doubles) this year. Fellow junior Patricia Veresova also picked up her 50th combined win last weekend (27 singles, 23 doubles). The First Team All-Big Ten selection is tied for third alongside Veresova.
Nebraska's all-time wins leader, senior Madeleine Geibert, has added 45 victories (20 singles, 25 doubles) this year, while junior Janine Weinreich has contributed 42 wins (23 singles, 19 doubles).
Prior to the 2011-12 season, only four players in school history (Doneta Holmen (51), 1989-90; Sandra Noetzel (50), 1996-97; Weatherholt (50, 2008-09; Geibert (50), 2009-10) had produced 50-win campaigns.
Geibert Setting Standard at Nebraska for Career Combined Wins
Senior Madeleine Geibert owns the Nebraska record for most career combined wins. Geibert has registered 180 combined wins in singles and doubles play during her career. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany, is 20-12 in singles and 25-8 in doubles play in 2011-12.
Scouting the No. 13 Texas Longhorns
Head Coach: Patty Fendick-McCain
2012 Record: 17-7 (7-2 Big 12)
National Ranking: No. 11
NCAA Regional Seed: No. 1
The Texas Longhorns will enter Friday's match against fourth-seeded Wichita State as the No. 1 seed and hosting institution of the Austin, Texas NCAA Regional. The Longhorns are ranked No. 13 nationally in the most recent ITA team rankings and have compiled an overall record of 17-7 so far this season, including a 9-5 record against ITA Top 25 teams.
Texas earned an automatic NCAA berth after capturing the Big 12 Conference tournament crown last weekend. The Longhorns were seeded fourth overall and rolled past No. 5 seed Oklahoma State, No. 1 seed and Big 12 regular season champion Texas Tech and No. 3 seed Texas A&M to capture UT's first Big 12 title since 2005.
The Longhorns have been led this season by junior All-American Aeriel Ellis, who was awarded an NCAA at-large bid in singles play and is currently ranked No. 38 nationally. Ellis holds an overall 17-16 record in singles and has played primarily out of the No. 1 position for Texas. Sophomore Elizabeth Begley has also been a key feature of UT's lineup, posting an overall record of 34-7 on the season. Begley was a perfect 9-0 in conference play, earning her the Big 12 No. 6 singles championship.
Coach Patty Fendick-McCain and the Longhorns will be a familiar foe for the Huskers, as the two teams played annually during Nebraska's time in the Big 12. The two teams last met on April 15, 2011 in Lincoln, with Texas coming away with a 5-2 victory over NU.
Scouting the No. 56 North Texas Mean Green
Head Coach: Sujay Lama
2012 Record: 18-6 (6-0 Sun Belt)
National Ranking: No. 56
NCAA Regional Seed: No. 3
The third-seeded North Texas Mean Green will face No. 2 seed Nebraska in the first round of Friday's regional. The 56th-ranked Mean Green have picked up a 18-6 overall record this season that included a perfect 6-0 mark in Sun Belt Conference play and a Sun Belt Conference Championship.
North Texas posted three wins this season over ITA Top 50 teams this season, including victories over No. 53 Kansas State, No. 44 TCU and No. 50 Cal Poly. The Mean Green peaked as high as No. 40 nationally in the ITA Rankings this spring.
Nebraska and North Texas have a total of four common opponents this season in Wichita State, Tulsa, Kansas State and Arkansas. NU compiled a flawless 4-0 record against those opponents, while the Mean Green posted a mark of 1-3.
North Texas has received solid contributions this spring from freshman Kseniya Barbadush, an All-Sun Belt Conference singles selection. Barbadush went 10-9 this season in dual play, including a 5-1 record in conference play under 2012 Sun Belt Coach of the Year Sujay Lama.
Scouting the No. 58 Wichita State Shockers
Head Coach: Colin Foster
2012 Record: 21-5 (7-0 Missiouri Valley)
National Ranking: No. 58
NCAA Regional Seed: No. 4
The Wichita State Shockers are seeded No. 4 overall in the Austin, Texas NCAA Regional and will look to take down No. 1 seed Texas in the first round of the regional. The Shockers earned their sixth NCAA Tournament berth after the team captured their fourth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference championship. Wichita State has posted a record of 21-5 this season, including an undefeated 7-0 mark in conference play.
The Shockers have reached as high as No. 58 in the national rankings this season, thanks in part to the contributions of senior Lutfiana Budiharto. Budiharto recently received an at-large singles bid to the NCAA Championships after compiling a 21-5 overall mark in singles this season, including a 21-3 record at the No. 1 position.
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 23-3 record so far this season to push his school-record victory total to 308.
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.