March 17, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's tennis team (6-6) notched their biggest win of the season, upsetting No. 6 Nebraska (15-2) 5-2 Sunday afternoon, snapping the Huskers ten match win streak.
After losing the doubles point and the first singles match, the Toreros would rally off five straight singles victories, highlighted by Marta Stojanovic's 6-3, 6-4 match-clinching win at the No. 4.
"I don't know what it was, but there was something about today," Head Coach Sherri Stephens said after the match. "There was a sense of peace, but at the same time I felt the girls were ready to play and they competed extremely well."
The Toreros just barely missed out on taking the doubles point. After Stephanie Hoffpauir and Anna Depenau lost 8-0 to the 7th ranked tandem of Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova at the No. 1, Cara Brown and Marta Stojanovic edged out Izabella Zgierska and Maggy Lehmicke 8-6 at the No. 3. The double point would come down to the No. 2 spot, where Laura Claus and Shani Blecher rallied back from a 3-6 deficit to tie it at 7-7. The Huskers were able to finish strong however at took the match 9-7 to give Nebraska the doubles point.
The Toreros would lose the first singles match at the No. 1 after Nebraska's 10th ranked Mary Weatherholt defeated Stephanie Hoffpauir 6-3, 6-1, but that would be the last loss for the Toreros.
Shani Blecher earned the first singles win with a 7-5, 6-0 victory at the No. 3. No. 87 Laura Claus followed that with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 2 and then it was Cara Brown's turn, who won 6-1, 7-5 at the No. 6.
With the Toreros holding a 3-2 lead, Marta Stojanovic clinched the victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win at the No. 4 to seal the upset. With the match already decided, Anna Depenau won in a third set tiebreaker at the No. 5. 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9).
Nine of the Toreros' 11 matches have come against ranked opponents, with this being the fourth against a top ten team.
"More than anything, this proves to the girls what we kind of knew, that we are just as good as most of the teams in the nation. We've been tested several times this year by some top teams, but we haven't quite broken through," Stephens said. "I think the girls were unsure if they could do it, and were starting to get a little nervous."
The Toreros began WCC play next week when they travel to Gonzaga (Friday at 10:00 a.m.) and Portland (Saturday at 11:00 a.m.).
"I'm hoping that all of this, all that we've worked for, has now shown itself in this match and we can continue that the rest of the way through the end of the season," Stephens said.
San Diego 5, #6 Nebraska 2
1. #10 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) def. Stephanie Hoffpauir (USD) 6-3, 6-1
2. #87 Laura Claus (USD) def. Patricia Veresova (NEB) 6-1, 6-3
3. Shani Blecher (USD) def. Stefanie Weinstein (NEB) 7-5, 6-0
4. Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. Maggy Lehmicke (NEB) 6-3, 6-4
5. Anna Depenau (USD) def. Janine Weinreich (NEB) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Cara Brown (USD) def. Izabella Zgierska (NEB) 6-1, 7-5
1. #7 Mary Weatherholt/Patricia Veresova (NEB) def. Stephanie Hoffpauir/Anna Depenau (USD) 8-0
2. Stefanie Weinstein/Janine Weinreich (NEB) def. Laura Claus/Shani Blecher (USD) 9-7
3. Cara Brown/Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. Izabella Zgierska/Maggy Lehmicke (NEB) 8-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,2,6,4,5)
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