Nebraska senior Mary Weatherholt advanced to the U.S. Open National Playoff Championships by winning the Missouri Valley Sectional, June 28-30 in Prairie Village, Kan.
Competing in her hometown, Weatherholt won a 3-6, 6-0, 7-5 thriller over Sherazad Benamar in the sectional championship match on Saturday, June 30. After dropping the first set, Weatherholt rallied for a sweep of the second set, but had to fight off three match points while trailing 5-3 in the decisive third set. Weatherholt battled back and reeled off victories in four straight games to claim the win in a match that lasted more than three hours.
Weatherholt, who went 4-0 on the weekend in Kansas, earned a trip to the U.S. Open National Playoff Championships, Aug. 17-20, in New Haven, Conn. The winner of the 16-player draw will receive a wild-card berth into U.S. Open qualifying singles.