Minneapolis, Minn. – The Nebraska women’s tennis team pocketed eight more wins on the second day of the USTA/ITA Central Regional Championships at the Baseline Tennis Center.
Nebraska started the morning strong in Minneapolis with four of the five Husker duos securing tight wins in doubles action.
Leading the victories were Jeannie Lozowski and Katerina Matysova who defeated the South Dakota pair of Ellie Burns and Nanette Nylund, 8-6. Freshman pair Hayley Haakenstad and Claire Reifies followed suit with an 8-7 (2) tiebreaker win over Elvira Lopez and Astrid Santos of Northern Iowa.
Bringing home the third win for the Big Red was Lisa Andersson and Mary Hanna, who snagged an 8-4 win over Missouri State’s Ekaterina Donetskova and Fati Khamissi. Also claiming a victory was the sophomore pair of Elizabeth Gould and Sydney Harlow. Gould and Harlow made quick work of Molly Crum and Elif Gabb of South Dakota State with an 8-4 finish.
All winning Nebraska duos move on to the second round of open draw doubles Saturday.
Reifeis, the No. 17 seed in singles, secured the first solo win for the Huskers on Friday, earning a hard-fought 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Karyna Bihel from Minnesota. Reifeis then fell to No.5 Shannon Hudson of Arkansas, 6-2, 6-3. Reifeis slips into the consolation singles bracket.
The Big Red claimed its final three wins of the day in consolation singles. Vasanti Shinde, Haakenstad and Andersson all notched victories to push Nebraska's win total to eight on the day.
Shinde defeated Darby Rosette of Creighton, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (3). Haakenstad secured a 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 win over Xi-Wei Cai, while Andersson pulled out a victory over Tiffany Hollerbeck of SIU-Edwardsville, 6-1, 6-3. The Husker trio plays again Saturday in consolation action.
Play is set to resume at approximately 9 on Saturday morning and will continue on Sunday with the quarterfinals of singles and semifinals in both doubles and singles play. Competition comes to a close on Monday, Oct. 17 with finals matches.
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Open Draw Singles
Rongrong Leenabanchong (Tulsa) def. M’Balia Bangoura (NEB), 6-2, 6-1
No.17 Maria Toran-Ribes (Kansas) def. Katerina Matysova (NEB), 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
No.5 Shannon Hudson (ARK) def. No.17 Claire Reifeis (NEB), 6-2, 6-3
No.17 Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Karyna Bihel (MINN), 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
Natsuho Arakawa (ARK) def. Mary Hanna (NEB), 7-5, 6-2
No.17 Tanaporn Thongsing (Wichita State) def. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB), 6-0, 6-4
Cassidy Spearman (MIZ) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB), 6-2, 6-2
Vasanti Shinde (NEB) def. Darby Rosette (Creighton), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(3)
Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) def. Xi-Wei Cai, 7-6, 1-6, 1-0
Lisa Andersson (NEB) def. Tiffany Hollerbeck (SIUE), 6-1, 6-3
No.17 Samantha Budai def. Elizabeth Gould (NEB), 6-1, 6-3
Athena Chrysanthou (SIU-C) def. Sydney Harlow (NEB), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(7)
No.9 Douglas/Van Heuvelen (IOWA) def. Bangoura/Shinde (NEB), 8-4
Lozowski/Matysova (NEB) def. Burns/Nylund (SDU), 8-6
Haakenstad/Reifeis (NEB) def. Lopez/Santos (N. Iowa), 8-7(2)
Andersson/Hanna (NEB) def. Donetskova/Khamissi (Missouri State), 8-4
Gould/Harlow (NEB) def. Crum/Gabb (SDSU), 8-4