Huskers Fall Just Short to Gophers in 4-3 Defeat
Minneapolis, Minn. -- The Nebraska women’s tennis team fell just short to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a road tilt at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. NU picked up three singles wins but dropped the doubles point as the Gopher took the 4-3 victory. With the loss, the Huskers fall to 10-16 (2-8 B1G).
The Gophers took the doubles point after wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots to go up 1-0. NU answered back with wins at the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 singles spots, but it wasn’t enough, as Minnesota came away with the victory.
Jeannie Lozowski and Hayley Haakenstad dropped their singles match at No. 3, 6-0, to give Minnesota the early advantage. Claire Reifeis and Jessica Aragon led 3-2 in their match at No. 2, but the Gopher duo of Tiffany Huber and Cammy Frei took the next four games to win the match, 6-3.
Seniors Marina Cozac and Vasanti Shinde’s match went unfinished at the No. 1 spot, but they led 5-2 at the time the match was called.
NU fell behind 2-0 after junior Jeannie Lozowski fell to Bita Mancera, 6-2, 6-2. The Gophers later went up 3-0 in the team score after Camila Vargas defeated Hayley Haakenstad, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 6 singles. Coming into the match, Haakenstad had won five out of her last six singles matches.
True freshman Jessica Aragon put the Huskers on the board with a 7-5, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 spot in the lineup. The Plano, Texas, native has come on strong as of late, winning three out of her last four at the No. 5 spot.
Minnesota clinched the dual meet with a victory at the No. 2 spot as Tiffany Huber defeated NU’s Vasanti Shinde, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, to put the Gophers up 4-1. The Big Ten foes still played out the final two matches, however, and the Huskers took both of them to bring the final score to 4-3.
Marina Cozac took a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win in her penultimate match as a Husker at the No. 4 spot. Cozac has now won three of her last four decisions.
Junior Claire Reifeis continued to stay red hot, winning her fourth straight match at No. 1 as she outlasted Minnesota’s Tiffany Kreinis, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3. Reifeis now has a team-best 18 singles wins this spring and has won seven of her last eight matches overall.
The Huskers will travel east to Madison, Wis., to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the regular season finale tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. NU defeated the Badgers in Lincoln last year, 4-0.
Results vs. Minnesota:
1. Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Tina Kreinis (MN), 6-1, 6-7, 6-3
2. Tiffany Huber (MN) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Bita Mancera (MN) def. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB), 6-2, 6-2
4. Marina Cozac (NEB) def. Cammy Frei (MN), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. Jessica Aragon (NEB) def. Caitlyn Merzbacher (MN), 7-5, 6-4
6. Camila Vargas (MN) def. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB), 6-2, 6-2
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