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Univ. of Nebraska (Lincoln) Women Team News
Huskers Continue Big Ten Schedule
Thursday, 03/29/2012

The No. 18 Nebraska women's tennis team (16-2, 2-1 Big Ten) will continue their conference slate this weekend against Ohio State and Penn State. The Huskers enter this weekend fresh off a strong 5-2 upset win over No. 14 Northwestern last week.

No. 18 Nebraska (16-2, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. Ohio State (5-11, 0-3 Big Ten)
Date: Friday, March 30, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: NU Varsity Courts (17th & Vine St.)
Start Time: 3:30 p.m.

No. 18 Nebraska (16-2, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 46 Penn State (10-4, 2-1 Big Ten)
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: NU Varsity Courts (17th & Vine St.)
Start Time: 10 a.m.

The Huskers will host the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions this weekend, beginning with Friday's match against Ohio State (5-11, 0-3) at 3:30 p.m. The Huskers will wrap up their weekend on Sunday, facing Penn State (10-4, 2-1 Big Ten) at 10 a.m. Both matches will be held outdoors at the NU Varsity Courts on 17th and Vine St. in Lincoln; in case of inclement weather, the matches will be moved indoors to the Nebraska Tennis Center.

Weatherholt Captures Big Ten Weekly Award
Redshirt junior Mary Weatherholt was named the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week for March 27. The honor marked Weatherholt's first Big Ten weekly award and the fourth given to a Nebraska athlete this season. It was the second consecutive week the honor had been given to a Nebraska athlete (Patricia Veresova, March 13).

Weatherholt posted an overall record of 4-0 last weekendThe 58th-ranked native of Prairie Village, Kan. scored wins over 16th-ranked Kate Turvy of Northwestern and 92nd-ranked Allison Falkin of Illinois in No. 1 singles.

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 ranks No. 2 all-time at Nebraska with 170 combined wins in singles and doubles play during her career. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany needs just two more victories to reach Noetzel's record. Geibert is 14-9 (9-6 spring) in singles and 19-5 (13-2 spring) in doubles play in 2011-12.

Nebraska in the National Rankings
The Huskers have climbed to No. 18 in the latest ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings, released March 27. The ranking marks Nebraska's highest rank in school history, topping their previous record of No. 25.

The Huskers are the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten, trailing only No. 14 Michigan and No. 15 Northwestern. A total of seven Big Ten schools found themselves in the rankings this week, including four in the Top 25.

Mary Weatherholt continues to rise in the national singles rankings, coming in at No. 40 nationally. Teammate Janine Weinreich also appeared in the singles rankings at No. 109 overall.

In the doubles rankings, Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein fell to No. 40 nationally after logging a loss at Long Beach State last weekend. This week marked the 11th-consecutive week the duo has been ranked.

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
March 6       #32
March 13      #23
March 20      #25
March 27      #18

Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
2012 Record: 5-11 (0-3 Big Ten)
National Ranking: No. NR

The Ohio State Buckeyes enter the weekend at 5-11 overall, including an 0-3 mark in conference play. The Buckeyes are searching for their first Big Ten win after dropping a pair of matches last weekend against Purdue and Indiana. The Buckeyes have lost seven matches this season by a final score of 3-4.

Junior Gabby Steele leads the Buckeyes this season with 15 wins, including a 9-1 record in her last 10 matches. Steele has appeared primarily at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions for Ohio State.

Ohio State is led by head coach Chuck Merzbacher, who is in his 15th season as head coach of the Buckeyes. Nebraska and Ohio State are even all-time at 2-2.

Scouting the Penn State Nittany Lions
Head Coach: Dawna Denny
2012 Record: 10-4 (2-1 Big Ten)
National Ranking: No. 46

The Penn State Nittany Lions come to Lincoln with a 10-4 overall record that includes a mark of 2-1 in Big Ten action. The Nittany Lions went 1-1 last weekend, falling to Indiana by a score of 6-1 on Friday before topping Purdue 4-3 on Sunday.

Penn State is paced by junior Petra Januskova, who is ranked 61st nationally with a 13-1 record this spring. Januskova has appeared exclusively at the No. 1 singles position for the Nittany Lions.

Head Coach Dawna Denny is in her fifth season at the helm of the Penn State program. This weekend's match marks the first meeting between the Huskers and the Nittany Lions.

Looking Ahead
The Huskers will hit the road again next weekend, traveling to face No. 33 Purdue and No. 41 Indiana as they continue Big Ten conference action. Nebraska will first compete in West Lafayette against the Boilermakers on Saturday at noon before taking on the Hoosiers on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Bloomington.

Jacobson Notches 300th Coaching Win in California
Nebraska women's tennis head coach Scott Jacobson registered the 300th victory of his career with the Huskers' 4-3 win at Long Beach State on March 20. Jacobson entered the season with 285 victories and has led the Huskers to a 15-1 record to open the season.

The 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 back-to-back bids in 2010 and 2011.