Nebraska’s Season Ends at NCAA Tournament
Ann Arbor, Mich.—The Nebraska women’s tennis team concluded their 2011 campaign with a 4-2 first-round loss to Tulsa in the NCAA Championships. No. 44 Nebraska (20-8, 7-4 Big 12) played a tight match against No. 22 Tulsa (26-2, 3-0 C-USA) in which NU narrowly lost the doubles point and wasn’t able to hang on in singles action.
Tulsa took the first set of doubles play at the No. 3 position, but the Huskers battled back to capture the No. 1 position victory. No. 80 Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein (NU) defeated Alexandra Kichoutkin and Jo-Anne Karaitiana (TU), 8-5 in No. 1 doubles to set things even. Geibert and Weinstein’s final record for the spring season is 17-7, just two wins shy of their performance in 2010.
The doubles point would be captured on the No. 2 court, where Patricia Veresova and Janine Weinreich (NU) took Anastasia Erofeeva and Ewa Szatkowska (TU) to a tie-breaker. Nebraska was unable to hold on, falling by a score of 9-8 (5).
The Golden Hurricane jumped out to a 1-0 lead and pushed that out to 2-0 with Michelle Farley’s (TU) victory over Janine Weinreich (NU) at the No. 4 position, 6-1, 6-2.
The Huskers rebounded, putting their first point of the day on the board as Veresova topped Erofeeva in No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2. All-Big 12 singles selection Veresova will finish her spring with a team-leading 21 victories, including an impressive 17-3 mark at the No. 2 position.
Tulsa claimed another point with a win in No. 5 singles. Sam Vickers (TU) defeated Jennifer Holmberg (NU), 6-3, 6-1, giving the Golden Hurricane a 3-1 lead and putting Tulsa on the edge of a victory.
Nebraska again pushed pack, slimming Tulsa’s lead to 3-2 as Weinstein cruised past Szatkowska, 6-2, 6-3 in No. 3 singles. Weinstein will finish the season with 19 victories in the spring and a combined 36 victories overall.
With an intense battle on the No. 1 singles court in play, Tulsa was able to secure the victory in No. 6 singles instead. Maike Zeppernick (NU) fell at the hands of Karaitiana by a score of 6-3, 6-4. The win allowed Tulsa to clinch the match by a score of 4-2, abandoning play at the No. 1 singles position.
Despite the disappointment of the season-ending loss, the 2011 Nebraska women’s tennis team still saw multiple impressive accomplishments throughout this year. The Huskers finish their season with 20 victories, the second-most in program history and resting only behind the 2010 team’s total of 22 wins. NU was able to capture the program’s second consecutive NCAA appearance and will look to achieve great things next season as it returns 9 of ten players and the entirety of its championship-qualifying lineup.
Nebraska vs. Tulsa
NCAA Championships—First Round
Varsity Tennis Center
Ann Arbor, Mich.
1. Alexandra Kichoutkin (TU) vs. Madeleine Geibert (NU), 5-7, 7-6 (6), abandoned
2. Patricia Veresova (NU) def. Anastasia Erofeeva (TU), 6-2, 6-2
3. Stefanie Weinstein (NU) def. Ewa Szatkowska (TU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Michelle Farley (TU) def. Janine Weinreich (NU), 6-1, 6-2
5. Sam Vickers (TU) def. Jennifer Holmberg (NU), 6-3, 6-1
6. Jo-Anne Karaitiana (TU) def. Maike Zeppernick (NU), 6-3, 6-4
1. Madeleine Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein (NU) def. Alexandra Kichoutkin/Jo-Anne Karaitiana (TU), 8-5
2. Anastasia Erofeeva/Ewa Szatkowska (TU) def. Patricia Veresova/Janine Weinreich (NU), 9-8 (5)
3. Bonny Davidson/Sam Vickers (TU) def. Jennifer Holmberg/Maike Zeppernick (NU), 8-4
Order of finish
Doubles (3, 1, 2)
Singles (4, 2, 5, 3, 6)