Season Ends In NCAA Second Round
May 11, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. (UNLVRebels.com) - In what was the first meeting between the programs in 22 years, Big Ten Conference power Nebraska dominated doubles play and then did just enough in singles to earn a 4-1 victory over UNLV in Saturday's second round of the NCAA Tournament at a windy NU Varsity Courts.
The 57th-ranked Lady Rebels ended their season at 20-8 while the No. 16 Cornhuskers improved to 24-5 and advanced to the Round of 16 next week. The only previous time these schools played in women's tennis came in 1991 when UNLV won 7-2 in Las Vegas.
The Huskers were impressive in doubles to begin things this afternoon and took a 1-0 lead. Stefanie Weinstein and Janine Weinreich doubled up Aleksandra Josifoska and Janine Erasmus 8-4 at the second spot and Izabella Zgierska and Maggy Lehmicke downed Ella Bourchier and Iren Kotseva 8-3 on court three. The final match, at the top of the lineup, was halted with NU leading that one 7-4.
Moving to singles, the Huskers won the showdown at the No. 1 position as 11th-ranked Mary Weatherholt improved to 25-1 and snapped 38th-ranked Aleksandra Josifoska's 13-match winning streak with a quick 6-3, 6-1 triumph. UNLV cut the lead in half when Lucia Batta, ranked 59th, swept Patricia Veresova 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. The win improved Batta to 37-5 overall and made her the first UNLV starting player in history - men's or women's - to go undefeated in dual matches with an eye-popping 27-0 mark in 2013. Also, her 37 overall wins this season also tie her with Hall of Famer Marianne Vallin (1994) for the second most in program history.
NU soon picked up a win on court five when Lehmicke defeated Bourchier 6-3, 6-2 and ended it when Weinreich defeated Erasmus 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4. UNLV senior Nives Pavlovic had split sets in her match at No. 3 and freshman Kotseva was about to do the same on court six when their matches were halted.
"They tested us, that's for sure," Nebraska head coach Scott Jacobson said. "We had some battles down here. UNLV top-to-bottom is really solid so in the end I think our depth really helped. It was exciting to see the team get it done against a program who is playing at their highest level of the season as well."
UNLV, which was making its sixth NCAA trip in the last seven years, reached the second round for only the third time in history.
"Nebraska outplayed us today in some difficult conditions and they certainly earned their seed," said UNLV head coach Kevin Cory. "I think we were a little tired after a hard-fought battle yesterday. Overall this trip was a good ending to the year."
The season is not over for two Lady Rebels as both Josifoska and Batta will head to the NCAA Singles Tournament, which starts May 22 at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The draw will be released the day before the event begins.
2013 NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT
#16 NEBRASKA 4, #57 UNLV 1
May 11, 2013, at Lincoln, NE
(NU Varsity Courts)
1. #11 Mary Weatherholt (NU) def. #38 Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) 6-3, 6-1
2. #59 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Patricia Veresova (NU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Stefanie Weinstein (NU) vs. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 DNF
4. Janine Weinreich (NU) def. Janine Erasmus (UNLV) 6-4, 6-4
5. Maggy Lehmicke (NU) def. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 6-3, 6-2
6. Izabella Zgierska (NU) vs. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) 7-5, 2-5 DNF
Doubles competition 1. #3 Mary Weatherholt/Patricia Veresova (NU) vs. Lucia Batta/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 7-4 DNF 2. Stefanie Weinstein/Janine Weinreich (NU) def. Aleksandra Josifoska/Janine Erasmus (UNLV) 8-4 3. Izabella Zgierska/Maggy Lehmicke (NU) def. Ella Bourchier/Iren Kotseva (UNLV) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,2,5,4)