No. 13 Nebraska runs away from Big Ten foe No. 19 Purdue for 6-1 victory
LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 13 Nebraska (17-3, 6-0 Big Ten) defeated No. 19 Purdue (12-3, 4-2 Big Ten) on Friday with a score of 6-1 at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The Huskers and Boilermakers have met three times in history including Friday's match, with Nebraska now leading the series 2-1. Nebraska dominated doubles before moving into singles to seal the victory.
In doubles play, Nebraska struck first at the No. 2 position, where Janine Weinreich and Stefanie Weinstein toppled Purdue's Lynda Xepoleas and Daniela Vidal 8-2. The Boilermakers quickly regained ground at the No. 3 spot where Gisella Pere and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum defeated Nebraska's Maggy Lehmicke and Izabella Zgierska 8-5. The doubles point was decided at the No. 1 position in a nail-biter that resulted in a 8-5 victory for Nebraska's No. 11 Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova against Purdue’s No. 39 Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt to make the score 1-0.
Nebraska quickly pushed the lead to 2-0 in singles when No. 13 Weatherholt knocked off Purdue's Xepoleas 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 1 position before fellow Husker Lehmicke defeated Boilermaker Kapitany 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot to bump the margin to 3-0.
The Huskers sealed the team victory at the No. 2 position, where Veresova edged out Purdue's Schmidt 6-4, 6-3, making the team score 4-0. The match at the No. 4 position finished early, resulting in a victory for Purdue's Bernard-Feigenbaum against Nebraska's Weinreich, who retired in the second set at 7-5, 3-3, giving the Boilermakers a point at 4-1.
In the two remaining matches, Nebraska's Weinstein narrowly defeated Purdue's Vidal 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) at the No. 3 position before the dual ended at the No. 6 spot where Nebraska's Maike Zeppernick defeated Purdue's Pere 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5) to finalize the match score at 6-1 for the Huskers.