||Univ. of Nebraska (Lincoln)
||Shawnee Mission South
||Friday, August 02, 1991
Honors & Awards
NCAA Singles Championship Qualifier (2012)
Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year (2012)
ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award (2012)
First-Team All-Big Ten (2012)
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree (2012)
All-Big 12 Singles Team (2009, 2010)
Big 12 Doubles Champion (No. 3, 2010)
Big 12 Freshman of the Year (2009)
Nebraska Career Record for Singles Winning Pct. (.809)
Nebraska Season Record for Combined Victories (56, 2012)
Nebraska Season Record for Singles Victories (36, 2009)
No. 3 at Nebraska for Season Combined Victories (50, 2009)
Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll (2009, 2010, 2011)
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2012)
Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2011, 2012)
ITA Scholar-Athlete Award (2011)
Mary Weatherholt solidified herself as one of the top players in Nebraska history in 2011-12. The redshirt junior from Prairie Village, Kan., finished with a 30-11 singles record on the year, and her 30 wins were tied for second on NU's single-season list, trailing only her 36 wins as a freshman in 2008-09. The Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, Weatherholt earned her first trip to the 2012 NCAA Women's Singles Championship as an at-large selection.
Weatherholt went 10-1 at the No. 1 spot in Big Ten action with her only loss coming in a 6-2, 6-2 setback to Michigan's No. 11 Emina Bektas on April 13 in Lincoln. Weatherholt ended her junior season with a 6-4, 7-5 loss to California All-American Zsofi Susanyi in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship.
Weatherholt finished her junior season ranked No. 49 in the ITA singles rankings, and she also produced 26 doubles victories. Her 56 combined singles and doubles wins established a Nebraska record, breaking Doneta Holman's mark of 51 in 1989-90. She has climbed to No. 2 in Nebraska history with 93 career singles wins in just over three seasons, trailing only Sandra Noetzel's school-record 101 victories (1996-2000). Weatherholt's 93-22 career record (.809) ranks as the top winning percentage in school history, nearly 100 points higher than No. 2 Nancy Tyggum (.729, 1987-90).
Weatherholt has added a 62-22 career doubles mark and her 156 career combined wins ranks No. 3 in school history. She posted a 26-6 doubles record in 2011-12, including an 8-3 Big Ten mark paired with Patricia Veresova at No. 2. The duo's only Big Ten losses came to Ohio State, Purdue and Michigan.
An outstanding student, Weatherholt carries nearly a 3.9 GPA as a business administration major at Nebraska. She was an academic All-Big Ten selection, and she was honored as the ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award winner. She was also Nebraska's winner of a 2012 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for women's tennis.
Weatherholt suffered a knee injury early in the fall season and took a redshirt season. She earned spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters, and she earned a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award for her contributions in the community.
Weatherholt continued her assault on the Nebraska record book by rolling to a 26-6 record as a sophomore. Her .812 winning percentage placed her No. 5 on the Nebraska single-season list. She also climbed to No. 1 in career singles winning percentage (.861) with a 62-10 mark through her first two seasons at Nebraska.
Weatherholt played the season exclusively at the No. 1 or 2 positions, capturing 20 singles wins in the spring. At the end of the season, Weatherholt was named the the All-Big 12 Singles Team for the second consecutive year.
Weatherholt also had a stellar season in doubles, where she played much of the season at the No. 3 position with Jennifer Holmberg. The duo’s 13 wins were second-best on the team, and their 9-1 Big 12 mark led the squad. In April, Weatherholt and Holmberg captured the Big 12 No. 3 doubles championship.
Weatherholt also found success in the classroom in 2009-10, earning first-team academic All-Big 12 honors, while claiming spots on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters.
Weatherholt turned in one of the best individual seasons in Nebraska history as a freshman in 2008-09. She started her season with a bang, winning a pair of fall tournaments, including the singles title at the Midland Invitational, on her way to a 16-2 fall singles record. Weatherholt carried her fantastic fall into the beginning of the spring season. She won her first 11 singles matches, the first 10 of those in straight sets.
Weatherholt suffered her only two losses of the spring season after her 11-0 start, falling to Baylor's Jelena Stanivuk and Texas A&M's Morgan Frank. Weatherholt rallied to win her final nine matches of the season, giving her a 20-2 spring singles record. She capped the season by being named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and also earned a spot on the All-Big 12 singles team. Weatherholt's singles record of 36-4 set the NU single-season record for singles wins, bettering the previous record of 30 that Sandra Noetzel set back in the 1998-99 season. Her 50 combined wins on the season ranked second all-time at NU, falling one short of Doneta Holmen's record of 51 wins set in 1989-90.
Off the court, she earned spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters.
Weatherholt was the top-ranked player in the state of Kansas after playing her high school tennis at Shawnee Mission South. She was the 2006 Class 6A singles champion and was ranked as high as No. 28 in the nation in the 18-and-under division. Weatherholt is the highest-ranked American-born player to ever play tennis at Nebraska.
Mary was born on Aug. 2, 1991, in Kansas City, Mo. She is the daughter of Nancy Weatherholt and Reynold Simpson. Mary has two brothers, Rob Simpson and Will Simpson. A business administration major, Weatherholt earned academic All-Big Ten honors and earned the ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award in 2012. She claimed first-team academic All-Big 12 honors in 2010. She is also six-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.