Sophomore Hayley Haakenstad helped contribute a doubles win on the day for the Big Red.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Fall to Commodores, 4-1

By NU Athletic Communications

Nashville, Tenn. – The Nebraska women’s tennis fell 4-1 to the No. 2 nationally ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in its first regular season match of 2018.

The match, part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend started at 3 p.m. CT with competitive doubles action.

Huskers Vasanti Shinde and Katerina Matysova put on a show during doubles play, often tied in a close race with their opponents from host Vanderbilt. The duo battled back after every point to raise one of their own, until overcoming Emily Smith and Fernanda Contreras in a 6-4 victory.

Also claiming a victory on the evening, was doubles duo Claire Reifeis and Hayley Haakenstad. Powering through tough tennis, the sophomore pair earned a well-fought 7-5 final decision. This win at the No. 3 doubles position gave Nebraska the doubles point walking in to singles action.

Fighting a plethora of ranked singles competitors, Nebraska could not claim a singles win.

Senior Brianna Lashway pocketed a set win over Emma Kurtz of the Commodores and was headed into her third deciding set when the match was called at 4-1.

Haakenstad was also ahead in her set, leading 5-2 against Vanderbilt’s Emily Smith before the match ended sending Nebraska into day two of the ITA Kickoff Weekend.

The Huskers will play Virginia on Saturday at 9 a.m. and doubles action will lead off the morning at the Currey Tennis Center.

For live match video and stats, visit Fans who wish to stay up to date can also check for daily recaps and results.

Doubles Results

  1. #19 Emma Kurtz/Christina Rosca (VANDY) vs. Brianna Lashway/Paula Del Cueto Castillo (NEB) 6-6, 3-2, unfinished
  2. 2. Hayley Haakenstad/Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Summer Dvorak/Astra Sharma (VANDY) 7-5
  3. 3. Vasanti Shinde/Katerina Matysova (NEB) def. Emily Smith/Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) 6-4


Singles Results

  1.       Astra Sharma (VANDY) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB18) 6-1, 6-1
  2.       #4 Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) def. Claire Reifeis (NEB18) 6-0, 6-1
  3.       #19 Christina Rosca (VANDY) def. Paula Del Cueto Castillo (NEB18) 6-1, 7-5
  4.       Brianna Lashway (NEB) vs. Emma Kurtz (VANDY) 6-4, 4-6, unfinished
  5.       #96 Summer Dvorak (VANDY) def. Katerina Matysova (NEB) 6-0, 6-3
  6.       Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) vs. Emily Smith (VANDY) 5-2, unfinished

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,1,5,3)



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