Posted 7 months ago
By John Axtell
Urbana, Ill. – Midnight arrived a little after noon Monday for Mary Weatherholt’s Cinderella run through the NCAA women’s tennis singles championship as the University of Nebraska senior fell in the title match to defending champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford 6-4, 6-2.
Weatherholt started out strong and led in the first set, but Gibbs, a junior who plans to turn pro, was eventually able to dominate with a strong forehand.
The match was delayed in the second set when Weatherholt hyperextended her right knee…which had been operated on for the third time in September. She was able to continue after getting it heavily tape, but her mobility was severely limited.
The loss to Gibbs in the only career meeting between the two ended Weatherholt’s season at 30-2 in singles. She was also 22-3 in doubles with fellow All-American Patricia Veresova and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.
Weatherholt…the first Husker to reach the round of 32 at the NCAA tournament, much less reach the finals…finishes with a school-record 123 singles victories and a combined singles and doubles total of 208.
Weatherholt at NCAA Singles Championship (5-0)
First Round (May 22)
#11 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) def. #38 Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV), 6-4, 6-4
Second Round (May 23)
#11 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) def. #43 Klara Fabikova (Cal), 6-2, 6-1
Third Round (May 24)
#11 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) def. #3 Robin Anderson (UCLA), 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-0
Quarterfinals (May 25)
#11 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) def. #6 Lauren Henning (Georgia), 6-2, 6-2
Semifinals (May 26)
#11 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) def. #36 Alexa Guarachi (Alabama), 6-0, 6-3
Championship Match (May 27)
#13 Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) def. #11 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) 6-2, 6-4