NU/area news, 4/6

NU/area news, 4/6

Titles at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles lifted the Lincoln East girls tennis team to the Omaha Westside Invitational championship Friday at Koch Family Center in Omaha.

East junior Bianca Rademacher outlasted Brownell-Talbot's Brianna Liu 8-6 in the semifinal round at No. 1 singles, before defeating Omaha Marian senior Julia King 8-5 in a matchup of two of the state's top Class A singles players.

The Spartans also got a boost from the team of Kristina Le and Elly Johnsen. The third-seeded team defeated Lincoln Southwest's Ella Dean and Meg Hove in the No. 2 doubles final.

A pair of Lincoln Southeast wins completed a city sweep of the championship matches. The Knights' Evie Barnett defeated East's Brooke Sailer 8-3 in the No. 2 singles final, and Katie Whitehead and Caroline Miller teamed up to beat Elkhorn South's Ridley Miller and Lizzy Nelson in the No. 1 doubles final.

The top three spots in the 24-team field belonged to Capital City teams. Defending state champion East won with 100 points, and Southeast was second at 93. Lincoln Southwest (70 points) was third.

TENNIS: The Nebraska women picked up their first Big Ten victory, beating Maryland 6-1 Friday at the Dillon Tennis Center. Nebraska (9-14, 1-6 Big Ten) took the doubles point for the third straight time after getting wins from Jessica Aragon/Claire Reifeis at No. 2 and Hayley Haakenstad/Jeannie Lozowski at No. 3. Reifeis added a 6-4, 6-4 win over Millie Stretton at No. 1 singles, and Lozowski, Marina Cozac, Aragon and Haakenstad also won in singles for the Huskers.

TRACK: Nebraska had a pair of fifth-place finishes in the hammer throw on the first day of the Husker Spring Invitational on Friday at Weir Stadium. James Joycey had a personal record of 196 feet, 7 inches for fifth in the men's event, and Anna Purchase led the Huskers with a 188-1 in the women's hammer throw. The meet resumes Saturday with field events starting at 11:30 a.m. and action on the track starting at 1 p.m.

BASKETBALL: Iowa's Megan Gustafson was named the Associated Press national player of the year. Gustafson is the first Big Ten Conference women’s basketball player ever to receive the AP national player of the year award. This year, Gustafson led the nation in scoring (27.8 points per game), field-goal percentage (.696) and double-doubles (33) for the second consecutive season, while also ranking third nationally in rebounding (13.4 per game).


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