Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Host Air Force and Creighton to Begin Season

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Air Force Falcons

Saturday, Jan. 19

10 a.m. CT

Lincoln, Neb.

Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center

Live Streaming: Huskers.com

 

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Creighton Bluejays

Saturday, Jan. 19

2:30 p.m. CT

Lincoln, Neb.

Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center

Live Streaming: Huskers.com

 

Lincoln, Neb., -- The Nebraska women’s tennis team will open the 2019 regular season on Saturday morning at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center. The Huskers welcome the Air Force Academy Falcons and the Creighton Bluejays to Lincoln for back-to-back matchups.

 

The Big Red will start the day vs. Air Force at 10 a.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. match against Creighton.

 

The last time the Huskers and the Falcons met was in 2016, when the Huskers picked up a 6-2 win at home. Historically, Nebraska leads the series over Air Force, 10-0. Last season, Air Force went 14-7 overall and 1-4 in the Mountain West Conference.

 

In the second match of the day, the Huskers will challenge in-state foe, Creighton. In all 29 meetings, the Huskers haven’t dropped a match to the Bluejays. In 2018, the Jays put up a 15-8 record and have seven players returning from the 2018 squad.

 

With three seniors, four juniors and just one freshman, Nebraska will be competing with an experienced lineup on Saturday.

 

Senior Vasanti Shinde leads the Big Red in experience and in wins. Last season, the Pune, India native racked up 23 total doubles wins with partner Katerina Matysova, forming the Huskers winningest duo of last season. She was also able to record 12 singles victories in the spring.

 

Shinde is joined in the senior class by Elizabeth Gould and Marina Cozac. Cozac, who joined the Huskers following her sophomore season after transferring from DePaul, had a stellar singles showing in fall invitational play and will look to make an immediate impact on the singles lineup. In doubles, Cozac paired up with Elizabeth Gould, chalking up three wins as a duo. In 2018, Gould competed at the No. 3 doubles position, where she picked up a 6-0 win over SIUE.

 

Juniors Claire Reifeis, Jeannie Lozowski, Hayley Haakenstad and Emma Worley make up the largest group of Huskers.

 

Coming off of a 25-9 singles record last year and an individual championship at the Minnesota Invite during the fall season, Reifeis will be a top competitor for the Big Red. She also dominates on the doubles court with partner Hayley Haakenstad. Playing primarily out of the No. 2 doubles spot in 2018, Reifeis and Haakenstad pulled off wins over No. 19 Ohio State and the 2018 Big Ten Champions, Michigan.

 

After spending the fall season recovering from a wrist injury, Jeannie Lozowski will take a prominent role in the singles lineup. Last spring, Lozowski went 7-3 playing out of the No. 6 position, which included wins over Colorado State and Wisconsin.

 

Junior Emma Worley didn’t see much action last spring, but is hopeful to play an important role in the singles game this season. At the ITA Central Regionals this fall, Worley pulled off a 6-0, 7-5 win over Oklahoma.

 

Closing out the group of Huskers is freshman Jessica Aragon. Aragon joins the scarlet and cream from the Dent Tennis Academy in Plano, Texas. In fall invitational play, Aragon put together a 4-1 singles record as well as a 6-4 doubles mark with partner Vasanti Shinde.

 

How to watch: For home matches, fans can watch a free live video stream and follow along with live stats on Huskers.com. Fans can stay up to date with Nebraska women’s tennis by following the team on Twitter @HuskersWTennis or by visiting Huskers.com for recaps and results following the matches.

Promotion: There will be free pastries and bagels for the first 70 fans to attend the morning competition.

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