Huskers Top Buckeyes, Rise to 17-2
Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 18 Nebraska women's tennis team captured the doubles point and three singles victories en route to a 4-0 win over Ohio State on Friday. The Huskers (17-2, 3-1 Big Ten) clinched the dual against the Buckeyes (5-12, 0-4 Big Ten) and were close to wins in No. 4 and No. 5 singles when the dual was called off due to inclement weather.
The afternoon's doubles play was highlighted by a trio of tightly contested matches. Nebraska scored first in No. 1 singles, where the 40th-ranked pair of Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein (NU) topped Fidan Manashriova and Gabby Steele (OSU), 8-5.
Janine Weinreich and Izabella Zgierska (NU) clinched the doubles point for Nebraska, downing Kelsey Dieters and Tiffany Dittmer (OSU) in No. 3 doubles, 8-5. The Buckeyes picked up a win at the No. 2 position to wrap up doubles play.
Nebraska and Ohio State moved to singles action, where 40th-ranked Weatherholt pushed NU's lead out to 2-0 on the afternoon win a win in No. 1 singles. The redshirt junior downed Kara Cecil (OSU), 6-2, 6-3.
Geibert struck next, making quick work of Ohio State's Manashirova, 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 singles to extend Nebraska's lead to 3-0. Sophomore Maike Zeppernick (NU) clinched the victory for the Huskers, topping the Buckeyes' Dittmer, 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 6 position.
The Huskers were close to clinching victories at the remaining three positions, but a thunderstorm moving in on the Lincoln area forced the final three matches to be abandoned. Nebraska's 4-0 victory gives them their 17th victory this season and their third conference win in the Big Ten.
Nebraska will host one more conference match this weekend, a dual against No. 46 Penn State on Sunday morning. The match is slated for a 10 a.m. start at the NU Varsity Courts on 17th and Vine St. in Lincoln. In case of inclement weather, the match will be moved to the Nebraska Tennis Center.
No. 18 Nebraska - 4
Ohio State - 0
NU Varsity Courts
1. No. 40 Mary Weatherholt (NU) def. Kara Cecil (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Patricia Veresova (NU) vs. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) 7-5, 4-1 (incomplete)
3. Madeleine Geibert (NU) def. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Stefanie Weinstein (NU) vs. Gabby Steele (OSU) 4-6, 7-5 (8-6) (incomplete)
5. No. 109 Janine Weinreich (NU) vs. Kelsey Dieters (OSU) 7-6, 5-2 (incomplete)
6. Maike Zeppernick (NU) def. Tiffany Dittmer (OSU) 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish (1, 3, 6)
1. No. 40 Madeleine Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein (NU) def. Fidan Manashriova/Gabby Steele (OSU) 8-5
2. Kara Cecil/Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Mary Weatherholt/Patricia Veresova (NU) 8-6
3. Janine Weinreich/Izabella Zgierska (NU) def. Kelsey Dieters/Tiffany Dittmer (OSU) 8-5
Order of finish (1, 3, 2)