Huskers Drop Match to Texas A&M
The Nebraska women’s tennis team fell to Texas A&M on Sunday in Lincoln, 5-2. The No. 34 Huskers (17-6, 5-4 Big 12) struggled in the top half of their singles lineup against the No. 35 Aggies (13-6, 6-3 Big 12) and fell to 0-2 on the weekend.
The Huskers grabbed the first victory of the day in No. 3 doubles, where Jennifer Holmberg and Maike Zeppernick (NU) rolled past Sheri Olivier and Nazari Urbina (TAMU), 8-1. Nebraska couldn’t find their rhythm in the other two doubles matches and Texas A&M jumped out to early leads in both, capturing the first point with wins in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
With a 1-0 lead, the Aggies snatched up three consecutive straight-set victories in singles to clinch the match. Patricia Veresova (NU) fell at the No. 2 position to Morgan Frank (TAMU), 6-3, 6-4. The Aggies took another point as Janine Weinreich (NU) was defeated in No. 3 singles by Christi Liles (TAMU), 9-7, 6-2. At the No. 1 spot, No. 27-ranked Urbina (TAMU) topped Madeleine Geibert (NU), 6-1, 6-2.
The Huskers would get on the board thanks to Frederike Putthoff (NU), who topped Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) in a strong comeback victory in No. 6 singles, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0. The Big Red tacked on another point as Holmberg (NU) took the tiebreaker at the No. 4 position over Christi Potgieter (TAMU), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9).
The Aggies managed to tack on one more point in the last match-up at the No. 5 spot. Despite Zeppernick’s (NU) comeback bid, she fell to Stephanie Davidson (TAMU), 6-2, 5-6, 1-0 (10-8).
The Huskers have only two remaining regular season matches before they move into conference championships action. The Big Red will face Colorado on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Boulder before returning to Lincoln on Saturday for their last-ever Big 12 home match. NU will face Iowa State at the 17th & Vine St. Courts at noon to close out Big 12 regular season conference play.
1. Christi Liles/Christi Potgieter (TAMU) def. No. 85 Madeleine Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein (NU), 8-3
2. Stephanie Davidson/Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Patricia Veresova/Janine Weinreich (NU), 8-3
3. Jennifer Holmberg/Maike Zeppernick (NU) def. Sheri Olivier/Nazari Urbina (TAMU), 8-1
1. No. 27 Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Madeleine Geibert (NU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Patricia Veresova (NU), 6-3, 6-4
3. Christi Liles (TAMU) def. Janine Weinreich (NU), 9-7, 6-2
4. Jennifer Holmberg (NU) def. Christi Potgieter (TAMU), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9)
5. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) def. Maike Zeppernick (NU), 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)
6. Frederike Putthoff (NU) def. Lauren Santacroce (TAMU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-0
Doubles (3, 2, 1)
Singles (2, 3, 1, 6, 4, 5)