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Huskers Fall Short to Indiana, 5-2

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb.—The Nebraska women’s tennis team falls to 8-13 on the season (0-5 B1G) with Friday afternoon’s 5-2 loss to Indiana, while the Hoosiers improve to 13-7 (3-2 B1G). The Huskers kicked off the match with wins at No. 3 and No. 2 doubles to secure the doubles point and take the 1-0 lead. 

 

Jeannie Lozowski and Hayley Haakenstad had a strong showing at the No. 3 position, taking the 6-2 win over Michelle McKamey and Somer Henry of Indiana. 

 

At No.2, Claire Reifeis and Jessica Aragon came back from a 1-4 deficit to steal the match from Indiana’s Caitlin Bernard and Natalie Whalen, 7-5. With that win, Reifeis and Aragon improve to 9-4 as a doubles pair. 

 

Vasanti Shinde and Marina Cozac led 5-4 in their match at the No.1 spot when doubles concluded. 

 

Despite the 1-0 advantage, the Huskers were unable to close out the match in singles competition. At No. 4,Marina Cozac dropped her match to Indiana’s Jelly Bozovic, 6-4, 6-3. 

 

Junior, Claire Reifeis transitioned to the No. 1 singles spot after spending last weekend playing out of No. 2. The Indianapolis, Ind., native was unable to close out her match to Madison Appel of Indiana, falling 6-1, 2-6, 3-6.

 

Playing out of No. 6, Hayley Haakenstad picked up NU’s lone singles point. The junior took down Indiana’s Somer Henry in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5. 

 

With the match score tied at 2-2, freshman Jessica Aragon took on Michelle Mckamey at No. 5 singles. After dropping the first set 4-6 and fighting back to take the second 6-3, Aragon couldn’t hold on to get the win, dropping the final set 6-1.

 

The Hoosiers just needed one more win to clinch the match. After taking the first set in a tiebreaker, Jeannie Lozowski couldn’t hold on to top Caitlin Bernard. Lozowski fell at No. 3, 7-6, 3-6, 2-6. 

 

Playing out of the No. 2 spot, Senior Vasanti Shinde was the last Husker on the court. The Pune India native took the first set from Natalie Whalen with a 7-6 (8-6) tiebreaker victory. In the second set, Shinde fell to Whalen 3-6. With Shinde down 2-3 in the third set, the match retired, and the Hoosiers received the point making the final score 5-2. 

 

Up Next:

The Huskers are back at the Dillon Tennis Center this Sunday to take on the Purdue Boilermakers at noon CT. Free donuts and bagels will be available to fans.

 

Results vs. Indiana:

 

Singles

1. Madison Appel (IND) def. Claire Reifeis (NEB) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

2. Natalie Whalen (IND) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-7, 6-3, 3-2

3. Caitlin Bernard (IND) def. Jeannie Lozowksi (NEB) 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2

4. Jelly Bozovic (IND) def. Marina Cozac (NEB) 6-4, 6-3

5. Michelle McKamey (IND) def. Jessica Aragon (NEB) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

6. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) def. Somer Henry (IND) 7-5, 7-5

 

Doubles

1. Vasanti Shinde/Marina Cozac (NEB) vs. Madison Appel/Jelly Bozovic (IU) 5-4, unfinished

2. Claire Reifeis/Jessica Aragon (NEB) def. Caitlin Bernard/Natalie Whalen (IU) 7-5

3. Hayley Haakenstad/Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) def. Michelle McKamey/Somer Henry (IU) 6-2

 

Order of Finish 

Singles (4,1,6,5,3)

Doubles (3,2)

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