Reifeis Nabs B1G Honor, Huskers Hurdle to No. 21
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska women's tennis team advanced nine spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s national rankings on Tuesday, reaching the No. 21 position. Sophomore Claire Reifeis was also announced as the Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week after a ranked clinch for match point in Nebraska’s 4-3 defeat of then-No. 19 Ohio State last Wednesday.
Nebraska’s jump in ranking comes after a energized upset of then-ranked No. 19 Ohio State. The Buckeyes dropped to No. 23 after their 4-3 loss to the Huskers in Columbus last Wednesday. This is the highest the Big Red has been ranked since 2013, when the team finished the season at No. 16.
The victory over No. 19 Ohio State puts Nebraska's all-time series record with the Buckeyes at a 6-6 tie and marks the team’s first top-20 win since 2013.
Reifeis nabbed both a singles and a doubles win for the Huskers in their victory over the Buckeyes on March 7. Teaming up with sophomore Hayley Haakenstad, the two led a crucial takedown of OSU’s Olivia Sneed and Mary Beth Hurley, 7-6 (10-8) to secure the doubles point in Nebraska’s win.
In singles, Reifeis was the last on the courts as she led a tenacious three-set triumph over Ohio State’s No. 61 Shiori Fukuda, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2. Her victory locked in the fourth and final point for Nebraska, bringing the Big Red its first win over Ohio State since early Spring 2013. The sophomore is currently pacing the Huskers with a team-best 11-2 spring singles record on the season. This is the first Big Ten weekly honor of Reifeis' collegiate career.
Vasanti Shinde was the last Husker to receive this honor on March 8, 2017.