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No. 36 Nebraska (10-1) vs. Saint Louis (4-3)
Date: Friday, March 2, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: Nebraska Tennis Center
Start time: 7 p.m.

No. 36 Nebraska (10-1) vs. Colorado (5-3)
Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: Nebraska Tennis Center
Start time: Noon


The No. 36 Nebraska women's tennis team (10-1) will wrap up their week with a pair of home matches at the Nebraska Tennis Center this weekend. The Huskers will host the Saint Louis Billikens (4-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Colorado Buffaloes (5-3) on Sunday at noon.

The Huskers are currently riding a nine-match winning streak that began in early February. Additionally, the Huskers have posted an exceptional mark of 32-1 so far in doubles play. NU has swept doubles play in every match they have won so far this season.

Geibert on Pace to Shatter School Record
Senior Madeleine Geibert is quickly closing in on Sandra Noetzel's school record for career combined wins (172, 1996-2000). Geibert is currently tied for No. 2 all-time with former Husker Imke Reimers, holding 164 combined wins in singles and doubles play during her career at Nebraska. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany is on pace to set a new school record in just a few matches.

Geibert is 13-5 (8-2 spring) in singles and 16-3 (10-1 spring) in doubles play in 2011-12.

Head Coach Scott Jacobson Closes in on 300 Career Wins
Nebraska women's tennis head coach Scott Jacobson entered the 2011-12 season with 285. Just a few short months later, Jacobson is well on track to earn his 300th career victory. Entering this weekend's matches against Saint Louis and Colorado, Jacobson has 295 career victories.

Jacobson, a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year selection (2005, 2009), has guided the Huskers to four NCAA tournament appearances in the past seven  years, including two consecutive appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Nebraska in the National Rankings
The Huskers fell to No. 36 nationally in the first computerized ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings of the 2012 season, released Feb. 29. The Huskers are fourth among Big Ten teams, trailing No. 8 Northwestern, No. 11 Michigan and No. 31 Minnesota. Nebraska comes in ahead of No. 44 Purdue, No. 46 Illinois and No. 47 Penn State.

 Mary Weatherholt held strong in the singles rankings this week, appearing at No. 55 nationally. Teammate Janine Weinreich also picked up the No. 108 ranking for the Huskers.

In the doubles polls, Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein held on to their top 25 ranking, coming in at No. 23 nationally. Geibert and Weinstein have defeated three ranked opponents this season and are the third-highest ranked doubles pair in the Big Ten.

Tracking the Rankings
Date            Rank
Jan. 3         #39
Jan. 24        #39
Feb. 2         #29
Feb. 7         #29
Feb. 16       #28
Feb. 22       #27
Feb. 29       #36

Scouting the Saint Louis Billikens
Head Coach: Jonathan Zych
2012 Record: 4-3
National Ranking: NR

The St. Louis Billikens are 4-4 so far in 2012, holding wins over Wright State, Bradley, Western Illinois and SIU Edwardsville. The Billkens are led by Jonathan Zych, who is in his 11th season as head coach.

Saint Louis has been paced this season by senior Jenny Nalepa, who has appeared exclusively at the No. 1 position for the Billikens, where she has posted a 7-1 record this spring. Nalepa has also appeared at the No. 1 singles position alongside freshman Maria Toro Moreno, where the duo has compiled a 7-2 record.

The Huskers last faced the Billikens in spring 2008, sweeping past them by a score of 7-0. Nebraska is 5-0 all-time against Saint Louis.

Scouting the Colorado Buffaloes
Head Coach: Nicole Kenneally
2012 Record: 5-3
National Ranking: NR

The Colorado Buffaloes are 5-3 so far in 2012 with wins over Air Force, Houston, Colorado State and New Mexico. CU head coach Nicole Kenneally is in her 13th season at the helm of the program.

The Buffaloes are in their first year of Pac-12 competition and will come to Lincoln to face old conference foe Nebraska in a matchup of former Big 12 schools.

The Huskers last faced Colorado in 2011, rolling to a 7-0 win. Nebraska and CU are deadlocked all-time at 18-18.

Looking Ahead
The Huskers will continue their home stand next week in Lincoln, hosting their Big Ten home opener against Iowa while also welcoming No. 30 Tulsa. Nebraska and Iowa will square off on Friday, March 9 at 5 p.m. to open NU's Big Ten slate. The Huskers will then look for revenge against Tulsa on Sunday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. The traditionally tough Golden Hurricane knocked NU out of the NCAA Tournament last season in their first-round matchup in Michigan.


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