LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan.
22) - The Creighton women's tennis team fell 6-1 at No. 17 Nebraska Tuesday
afternoon to open the 2013 spring dual match season.
The Bluejays (0-1) opened the year with one singles win
in a tough road environment at No. 17 Nebraska (2-0). The host Cornhuskers
jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with a three-match
sweep before claiming five of six singles contests.
At No. 1 doubles, CU senior Anna Kirshenbaum and freshman
Sam Anderson fell 8-2 to Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova. On
court two, the Creighton tandem of sophomore Jennie Hartjes and freshman Karlin
Naslund dropped an 8-3 decision to NU's Maike Zeppernick and Janine Weinreich
to give the Huskers the point.
In the No. 3 doubles slot, the CU team of sophomore Amanda
Noonan and junior Analese Snyder came up short at 8-4 to Nebraska's Izabella
Zgierska and Maggy Lehmicke.
The Bluejays struggled to win games on the singles courts
as Nebraska players surrendered two games or fewer in five of the six matches.
Nebraska's Zeppernick claimed the first singles point
with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over CU sophomore Liz Vermilion on court six. On court
three, Kirshenbaum fell 6-1, 6-1 to Weinreich to give NU a 3-0 lead. Anderson
dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision on court four to Lehmicke, who claimed the team
match point with the win.
Noonan secured a point for Creighton at No. 5 singles
after Zgierska retired from the match after taking a tight first set at 7-5. Hartjes
later fell 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles to Weatherholt to put Nebraska up 5-1. On
court two, Snyder suffered a 6-0, 6-1 result to Veresova to end the day.
Creighton takes a couple of weeks off from competition
until its next match against another Big Ten foe when the Bluejays travel to
Iowa City, Iowa, to take on Iowa Feb. 8.