Huskers Hit the Road to Face Wolverines, Spartans
Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-8) at No. 23 Michigan Wolverines (5-4)
Saturday, March 16
11 a.m. CT
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Varsity Tennis Center
Live Video and Stats: GoBlue.com
Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-8) at Michigan State Spartans (9-6)
Sunday, March 17
11 a.m. CT
East Lansing, Mich.
MSU Tennis Center
Live Video: Playsight
Live Stats: MSUSpartans.com
The Nebraska women’s tennis team is back in action with road matchups against Michigan and Michigan State following a two week break. The Huskers will be away from the Dillon Tennis Center for the first time since Feb. 6, when NU traveled to Lawrence, Kan. to take on the No. 11 Jayhawks.
Last time out:
Nebraska is coming off a 0-2 weekend at the Dillon Tennis Center. On March 2, NU fell to No. 31 Washington State, 4-1. Junior Claire Reifeis picked up Nebraska’s lone point with her 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 triumph over Tiffany Mylonas at No. 2 singles.
On March 3, Nebraska suffered a close loss to Iowa State, falling 4-3 to the Cyclones. Following a dominating doubles performance, the Huskers were unable to close out the match in singles competition. Claire Reifeis and Jeannie Lozowski won their respective matches at No. 2 and No. 3, but the remaining Huskers fell to ISU.
The defending Big Ten Champions are set to host Nebraska at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines hold a 5-4 record on the season, including a 6-1 win over No. 6 Texas and a 4-0 win over No. 20 Pepperdine. On Feb. 2, Michigan defeated in-state rival Michigan State, 6-1, to begin conference play 1-0. The Wolverines have competed against seven top-25 opponents in their nine dual meets this season. They’re 3-4 in those competitions.
Michigan features four ranked singles players in No. 4 Kate Fahey, No. 21 Chiara Lommer, No. 29 Brienne Minor and No. 89 Giulia Pairone.
The Wolverines are led by senior standout, Kate Fahey. Fahey earned the title of 2018 Big Ten Athlete of the Year with a 27-9 singles record and a 9-2 mark in the Big Ten playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot. On March 9, No. 4 Fahey picked up a 6-2, 7-5 win over No. 18 Maria Mateas of Duke. Fahey and the Wolverines will host the Iowa Hawkeyes at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday, March 17 to wrap up their weekend. Michigan leads the all-time series with NU 7-0.
Scouting Michigan State:
Michigan State enters Sunday’s match with a 9-6 record on the season, including dominant wins over Connecticut and Marquette. In 2018, the Spartans went 16-9 overall and made it to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament before falling to Michigan, 4-0.
In her debut season, freshman Lauren Lemonds has gotten off to a strong start for MSU. Lemonds enters Sunday’s dual meet against the Huskers following a 6-1, 6-1 win over San Diego at No. 2 singles. Nicole Stephens is the Spartans’ top performer so far. She’s 15-4 on the year and is 9-4 in her last 10.
Michigan State currently leads the all-time series against the Huskers, 6-2.
• Junior Claire Reifeis is a team-best 11-3 in singles play this year. She’s also won her last three matches overall.
• Jeannie Lozowski and Hayley Haakenstad have taken their last two doubles decisions together at No. 3. They’re 3-4 together overall on the year.
• Freshman Jessica Aragon and partner Claire Reifeis are a team-best 7-2 together on the doubles court this season.
• This week, NU announced the signing of Isabel Adrover Gallego, a Mallorca, Spain, native, to its class of 2019.
The Huskers return to the Dillon Tennis Center on March 22 to host the No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes. The next day, they’ll travel to State College, Pa., to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions at 8 a.m. CT on March 24.