Lincoln, Neb. – The University of Nebraska women's tennis program will welcome three exciting new players to a talented roster for the 2017-18 season. Joining the Huskers are incoming freshman Emily Rees, DePaul transfer Marina Cozac and Missouri transfer Brianna Lashway.
A native of Portland, Ore., Emily Rees is presently ranked second in her home state and has been ranked as high as No. 125 at the national level.
“Emily is going to be a tremendous addition to our program with her tremendous work ethic and belief in the philosophy of our program,” Head Coach Scott Jacobson said. “She will fit in extremely well, and we are excited that she chose Nebraska.” Rees chose Nebraska over Missouri, Boise State, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
A Chicago native, Cozac combined for 45 victories in her two seasons at DePaul. Cozac, who will be a junior next season, posted a 22-17 singles record and a 23-16 doubles record with the Blue Demons. She totaled 11 combined wins in 2016-17, winning five singles matches while going 6-5 in doubles action. As a freshman, Cozac posted a 17-8 overall singles record, including a 1-0 record vs. ranked opponents. Cozac also combined for a 17-11 doubles record.
“Cozac had some impressive wins for a very strong DePaul program. We Believe Marina is going to set the standard for work ethic at Nebraska,” Coach Jacobson said. “Not only has she proven to be a phenomenal player, Marina is also a phenomenal person. She has a tremendous heart, tremendous passion, a tremendous love for the game and is a great competitor. We are expecting great things from Marina over the course of the next two years here at Nebraska.”
Lashway, a native of Bradenton, Fla., will be a senior at Nebraska this fall after spending her first three seasons at Missouri. Lashway combined for 86 total wins in her three seasons at Missouri, including 45 singles victories and 41 doubles wins. She recorded at least 10 singles victories in each of her three seasons, winning 17 singles matches as a freshman, 18 as a sophomore and 10 as a junior, when she played primarily out of the No. 1 spot. In doubles play, Lashway posted 12 wins as a freshman, 20 victories as a sophomore and nine victories as a junior. She chose Nebraska after also considering Washington, Oklahoma State and Maryland.
"Brianna is definitely playing the best tennis of her college career. She played No. 1 singles the majority of her junior year as well as No. 1 doubles at Missouri,” Coach Jacobson said. “We've been fortunate to see Brianna play on several occasions and have always been impressed with her grit and determination. She is an incredible competitor and definitely playing at the highest level that we've ever seen her compete. Brianna hits a really big ball and we believe her best tennis is yet to come here at Nebraska.”
“We are grateful to all three for entrusting us with their future," Jacobson added. "We believe all will have a positive and powerful impact on our Husker family moving forward."