Huskers Down Spartans for 21st Team Victory
Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 17 Nebraska women's tennis team downed Michigan State on Sunday afternoon by a score of 6-1. The match was a strong bounce back for the Big Red after the team suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of No. 14 Michigan on Friday. The Huskers (21-3, 7-2 Big Ten) swept doubles play and five of six singles positions, with Michigan State's (8-12, 0-9 Big Ten) only point of the day coming from the retirement of NU's athlete in No. 2 singles.
The No. 1 doubles pair of Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein (NU) took the first win of the day, snapping up a victory over Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova (MSU), 8-2. Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova (NU) quickly followed, grinding out a victory over Marina Bohrer and Dana Guentert (MSU) in No. 2 doubles, 8-6 and giving NU a 1-0 lead in the match.
Nebraska completed its sweep of doubles action at the No. 3 position as Janine Weinreich and Izabella Zgierska (NU) downed Katarina Lingl and Julianna Gruber (MSU), 8-4.
The Huskers took their 1-0 lead to singles play against the Spartans and didn't waste any time extending it. Nebraska's Geibert picked up NU's first singles win at the No. 3 position, cruising past MSU's Silesova by a score of 6-0, 6-4.
43rd-ranked Weatherholt struck next for the Big Red in No. 1 singles, cruising past Olga Chernova (MSU), 6-3, 6-0 to give NU a 3-0 lead on the match.
Nebraska's match-clinching fourth point came at the No. 5 position courtesy of 94th-ranked Weinreich, who picked up her second singles win of the weekend with a solid 6-3, 6-2 victory over Michigan State's Guentert. Weinstein then added to Nebraska's lead as she captured a 6-3, 6-3 win over the Spartans' Lingl in No. 4 singles.
Michigan State would capture their lone victory of the day at the No. 2 position. After NU's Veresova took the first set, MSU's Bohrer came back to capture the second set and the match win as Veresova was forced to retire.
NU concluded the match on a high note with Zgierska's tiebreaker victory over Michigan State's Gruber in No. 6 singles. Zgierska took the first set by a score of 6-3, but Gruber battled back to pick up the second set and push the match to a tiebreaker. Zgierska jumped out to an early lead in the tiebreaker and didn't look back, cruising to a 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5) win to put the final score of the dual at 6-1 in favor of Nebraska.
The Huskers' win gives NU its 21st team victory this spring. That total is second all-time in Nebraska program history and trails the No. 1 mark (22, 2010) by only one victory. NU will be back in action in their final home dual of the season on Friday, April 20 against No. 31 Minnesota. The match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at the NU Varsity Courts in Lincoln.
No. 17 Nebraska - 6
Michigan State - 1
Nebraska Tennis Center
1. No. 43 Mary Weatherholt (NU) def. Olga Chernova (MSU), 6-3, 6-0
2. Marina Bohrer (MSU) def. No. 116 Patricia Veresova (NU) , 1-6, 6-3 (retired)
3. Madeleine Geibert (NU) def. Michaela Silesova (MSU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Stefanie Weinstein (NU) def. Katarina Lingl (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. No. 94 Janine Weinreich (NU) def. Dana Guentert (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Izabella Zgierska (NU) def. Julianna Gruber (MSU) 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)
Order of finish (3, 1, 5, 4, 2, 6)
1. No. 44 Madeleine Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein (NU) def. Nicole Herzog/Michaela Silesova (MSU) 8-2
2. Mary Weatherholt/Patricia Veresova (NU) def. Marina Bohrer/Dana Guentert (MSU) 8-6
3. Izabella Zgierska/Janine Weinreich (NU) def. Katarina Lingl/Julianna Gruber (MSU) 8-4
Order of finish (1, 2, 3)