Nebraska Battles Back to Top Cowgirls
The Nebraska women's tennis team rebounded following a tough loss on Friday to defeat the Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Sunday, 4-3. The No. 29 Huskers (13-1, 1-1) used persistent and determined play to defeat the Cowgirls (4-8, 1-1) and end the weekend on a positive note.
Nebraska started the day in doubles action at the 17th & Vine St. Courts in Lincoln. Oklahoma State took the first victory of the afternoon, as C.C. Sardinha and Malika Rose (OSU) downed Patricia Veresova and Maike Zeppernick (NU), 8-3 in No. 3 doubles.
Play at the first two positions was intense, and both matches went to tie-breaker action before victories were claimed. At the No. 1 position, Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein (NU) found themselves down early, but fought back late to snag the win against Nataliya Shatkovskaya and Kanyapat Narattana (OSU), 9-8.
The point decision would come down to the No. 2 spot, where Jennifer Holmberg and Janine Weinreich (NU) found themselves up early against Sasha Belova and Sarah Meghoufel (OSU). Belova and Meghoufel wouldn't go down easily, however, and came back to take the match to a tie-breaker. Weinreich and Holmberg took control from that point on, claiming the match victory by a score of 9-8 and clinching the doubles point for Nebraska.
Oklahoma State claimed the first point in singles action at the No. 6 position. Holmberg was ahead of opponent Meghoufel, 3-2, when an injury forced her to retire. OSU took a 2-1 lead after Narattana topped Frederike Putthoff (NU) at the No. 5 spot, 6-2, 6-1.
Nebraska then took two victories in quick succession, starting with Weinstein's 6-0, 6-1 decision over Sardinha at the No. 3 position. Geibert followed soon thereafter, snagging a win over Shatkovskaya, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 spot for the Big Red.
The match at the No. 4 position finished next, where Weinreich fell to Rose, 6-3, 6-3. With the dual all tied up at 3-3, the deciding point would come down to the No. 2 match between Veresova and Belova. Veresova picked up the first victory with ease, but found herself down 3-0 to Belova early in the second set. Veresova didn't give up and pushed back, taking the match all the way to a tie-break before she clinched the victory, 6-2, 7-6, as well as the win for the Huskers.
Nebraska will have a busy week ahead of them. While the team will be off classes for spring break, they will be on the road to face No. 23 Tulsa and No. 69 Missouri. NU's matchup with Tulsa on Wednesday will begin at 11 a.m., while their dual with Missouri will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
No. 29 Nebraska - 4
Oklahoma State - 3
No. 71 Geibert/ Weinstein (NU) def. Shatkovskaya/ Narattana (OSU), 9-8
Holmberg/ Weinreich (NU) def. Belova/ Meghoufel (OSU), 9-8
Sardinha/Rose (OSU) def. Veresova/Zeppernick (NU), 8-3.
Madeleine Geibert (NU) def. Nataliya Shatkovskaya (OSU), 6-1, 6-4
Patricia Veresova (NU) def. Sasha Belova, 6-2, 7-6
Stefanie Weinstein (NU) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU), 6-0, 6-1
Malika Rose (OSU) def. Janine Weinreich (NU), 6-3, 6-3
Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Frederike Putthoff (NU), 6-2, 6-1
Sarah Meghoufel (OSU) def. Jennifer Holmberg (NU), 2-3 (retired-inj.)
Order of finish
Doubles (3, 1, 2)
Singles (6, 5, 3, 1, 4, 2)