Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt earned an NCAA at-large bid in singles play, qualifying as one of the top 64 singles players in the country. The junior from Prairie Village, Kan., will represent the Huskers at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Weatherholt will face California's Zsofi Susanyi in Friday's first round, which is scheduled to begin at Noon central time. Susanyi is ranked 13th nationally in the ITA rankings and helped Cal to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She enters her match with Weatherholt carrying a 37-7 record this season.
Weatherholt, who heads to the NCAA Championships after closing the year ranked No. 47 in the ITA Top 125, ranked as high as No. 40 in the rankings during the season. The Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection. She was also the ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award winner. Weatherholt helped the Huskers to a school-record 24 team victories and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In the team portion of the NCAA Tournament, Weatherholt and the Huskers opened with a 4-0 first-round win over North Texas in Austin, Texas, on May 11. Weatherholt rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over North Texas' Kseniya Bardabush at No. 1 singles. Weatherholt added to her school-record single-season combined wins total of 56 by teaming with Patricia Veresova for an 8-3 victory over the North Texas pair of Bardabush and Starkova.
In the second round against Texas, Weatherholt battled a minor injury, which slowed her and Veresova in a 9-8 (2) loss to UT's Gayton-Leach and Damico. After the loss at No. 2 doubles, Weatherholt suffered a 6-2, 6-1 setback to the Longhorns' 40th-ranked Aerial Ellis at No. 1 singles. The Huskers dropped the second-round match to Texas, 4-2.
Weatherholt enters the NCAA Championships with a 30-10 mark in singles play and a 26-6 mark in doubles action. She ranks third in Nebraska history with 156 career combined wins.
Weatherholt is one of three Big Ten women's tennis players to earn spots in the NCAA Championships in singles competition, joining Michigan's Emina Bektas and Northwestern's Kate Turvy.
Huskers Cap Best Season in School History at NCAA Tourney
The Nebraska women's tennis team capped the most successful season in school history with a narrow 4-2 loss at No. 13 Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas, on May 12. The Huskers finished with a 24-5 overall record, including a 9-2 mark in their first season in the Big Ten.
The Huskers opened their third straight NCCA Tournament by rolling to a 4-0 win over North Texas in the first round on May 11. NU swept the Mean Green without dropping a set on the way to the Huskers' second NCAA Tournament win in school history.
Texas took the doubles point with two pivotal wins at No. 2 (9-8, 2) and No. 3 (9-7). Mary Weatherholt, who was battling a minor injury after teaming with Patricia Veresova in the hard-fought 9-8 (2) loss at No. 2 doubles, dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision to UT's Aerial Ellis at No. 1 singles.
Nebraska battled back with singles victories from Veresova at No. 2 and Stefanie Weinstein at No. 5, but losses by Madeleine Geibert at No. 3 and three-set loss by Janine Weinreich at No. 5, were enough to give Texas the match and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Nebraska made a smooth transition from the Big 12 to the Big Ten in 2012. The Huskers tied for third with a 9-2 conference record. Coach Scott Jacobson captured Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year honors, while Mary Weatherholt claimed Big Ten Player-of-the-Year accolades. Weatherholt, a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, was joined on the All-Big Ten teams by Patricia Veresova, who earned second-team honors.
Weatherholt was also named Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner.
Nebraska's success on the season came against arguably the toughest schedule in school history. The Huskers registered an impressive 11-5 record against ranked opponents, including a 5-2 win over then-No. 14 Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats were the highest ranked team the Huskers defeated in 2012.
Nebraska went a perfect 14-0 against regular-season non-conference foes. The Huskers achieved their highest ITA team ranking in school history at No. 17 on multiple occasions during the 2012 campaign.
NU's 24 victories were a school record, while senior Madeleine Geibert set the career record for combined wins with 181 and career doubles wins with 91. Junior Mary Weatherholt added a single-season school-record 56 combined victories.
Huskers Set School Record with 24th Victory
Nebraska closed the winningest season in school history by posting its 24th win of the year with a 4-0 victory over North Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas, on May 11. The Huskers fiinished the year with a 24-5 overall record.
Nebraska's previous top win total came with 22 in 2010. The Huskers surpassed that mark by picking up win No. 23 in the regular-season finale at Wisconsin. NU's five losses on the season tied for the second-fewest losses in school history.
Jacobson, Perez, Weatherholt Earn ITA Honors
Nebraska women's tennis coaches Scott Jacobson and Hayden Perez and the Huskers' top player Mary Weatherholt were recently honored with Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional awards.
Coach Scott Jacobson claimed the first Wilson/ITA Central Region Coach -of-the-Year award of his career. Jacobson, who has guided the NU program for 21 years, led the Huskers to the most successful season in school history in 2012. Jacobson captured his first Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year award after leading the Huskers to a 24-5 overall record that included a 9-2 Big Ten mark. He was previously the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2010.
Perez, who has served as an assistant under Jacobson for six years, added ITA Central Region Assistant Coach-of-the-Year accolades for the third time in his career. Perez also won the award in 2007 and 2010. Perez has helped coach the Huskers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Weatherholt earned the ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship award. Weatherholt has been the top player for the Huskers in 2012, rolling to a 30-10 singles record and 26-6 doubles record. She has been ranked as high as No. 40 in the ITA rankings, and is No. 47 going into the NCAA Championships.
Weatherholt holds the school record for season combined wins with 56 in 2012, while ranking No. 2 on the NU career charts with 93 singles wins. In her first season in the Big Ten, Weatherholt was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in women's tennis, while earning unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honors. Weatherholt joined NU men's tennis player Christopher Aumueller in a Husker sweep of the ITA regional awards.
Former Husker women's tennis player Lisa Hart, who currently coaches at Washington State, received the Northwest Region Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year award. Hart played under Coach Jacobson from 1995 to 1998. She was an assistant coach for the Huskers from 2000 to 2001, helping the Huskers compile a 36-13 record in two seasons.
The Huskers will be in attendance at the National Awards banquet on May 22 the day before Weatherholt competes in the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
Geibert Sets Standard in Career Combined Wins at NU
Senior Madeleine Geibert finished her career with the Nebraska record for most career combined wins. Geibert registered 181 combined wins in singles and doubles play during her career. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany, went 20-13 in singles action and 26-8 in doubles play in 2011-12. Geibert's 91 career doubles victories were also a school record.
Jacobson Notches 300th Coaching Win
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 led the Huskers to a 24-5 record in 2012. He pushed his school-record victory total to 309 at season's end.
The 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year and a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year (2005, 2009), Jacobson has guided the Huskers to five NCAA Tournament appearances in the past eight years, including three straight trips in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He has also led Nebraska to its first two NCAA Tournament victories in school history, including a first-round win over North Texas in 2012.
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 honor 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 honor. The native of Piestany, Slovakia has played primarily out of the No. 2 singles position for NU this spring, racking up 28 singles wins, including 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 regular-season record, including a 9-2 mark in conference play.
Jacobson was a two-time Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year pick.