The Nebraska softball team moved to 9-6 on the season after shutting out New Mexico in the final game of the Troy Cox Classic on Sunday morning. The Huskers only needed one to pick up the win over the Lobos (6-9), 1-0.

Sarah Harness and Kaylin Kinney combined for the shutout, holding New Mexico to five hits. Harness (3-2) earned the win while Kinney recorded her first save of the season.

Amber Linton (4-3) pitched the complete game for the Lobos, giving up one run and four hits while striking out six.

Offensively, all it took was a two-out double from Mya Felder to secure the win. Ava Bredwell added a double while Brooke Andrews and Caitlynn Neal each tallied a single.

The Lobos led off with a double from Peyton Robinson, but a strikeout, interference call and a fly out stranded one runner in the first inning for New Mexico.

The Big Red threatened in the bottom of the second. Felder led off, reaching on a New Mexico fielding error. With one out, Bredwell was walked, putting Felder in scoring position at second. But, two ground outs got the Lobos out of the inning as the score stayed at 0-0.

New Mexico looked to score in the third after NU committed a fielding error with two outs, putting Rachael Hathoot at second, but the Huskers held the Lobos, going into the bottom of the inning tied at 0-0.

The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the third inning. Sydney Gray led off with a walk. With one out, Brooke Andrews singled to center field. Neal reached on a fielder's choice, as Andrews was out at second and Dakota Carter, who pinch ran for Gray, advanced to third. Felder doubled down the left field line, driving in Carter for the only run of the day, and taking the 1-0 lead.

New Mexico reached scoring position in the top of the fourth after two walks and a fielder's choice, but Harness recorded her second strikeout of the day to hold the Lobos scoreless through four.

NU looked to extend its lead in the bottom of the fourth after Katelyn Caneda and Abbie Squier were both hit by pitches with one out, but a fly out and a strikeout kept the score at 1-0.

Kinney entered the game in the top of the fifth inning. New Mexico's Keyannah Chavez led off with an infield single and worked her way around the bases after two ground outs. A fly out stranded Chavez as the score remained, 1-0.

Kinney worked out of a bases loaded situation in the top of the sixth. A single put the first runner on while a fielder's choice recorded the first out. Back-to-back singles loaded the bases but a strikeout and a ground out got the Big Red out of the inning, holding the Lobos scoreless.

In New Mexico's final at bat, Hathoot reached third after a fielding error and a ground out, but a final fly out clinched the 1-0 victory for the Huskers.

The Huskers return to action next weekend, March 3-5, at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. NU will take on Weber State, TAMU Commerce, No. 13 Arizona and CSUN.

Huskers Record Two Wins on Sunday

Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 56 Nebraska women's tennis team (10-1, 0-0 Big Ten) recorded two wins as it hosted a double header on Sunday against Wyoming (4-6, 0-0 Mountain West) and Kansas City (4-9, 0-0 Summit League) at the Dillon Tennis Center.
 
To start off the day, the Huskers bested the Cowgirls 4-1. The action started with doubles play. The undefeated duo of Raphaëlle Lacasse and Samantha Alicea played in the No. 1 position against Sophie Zehender and Ana Fernandez, beating them 6-2. On Court 2, Isabel Adrover Gallego and Anfisa Danilchenko dropped the match against Maria Oreshkina and Violetta Borodina 6-3. Lucy Loy and Ana Carmen Zamburek clinched the overall doubles point for Nebraska in the No. 3 spot against Wyoming's Noesjka Brink and Nikol Dobrilova 6-4. 
 
Lacasse began singles play for the Huskers in the No. 4 position and was defeated by Violetta Borodina, 6-2, 6-2. Alicea picked up the first singles point for NU 6-4, 6-3 against Oreshkina on Court 2. In the No. 5 spot, Danilchenko bested Dobrilova 6-3, 7-6 (3). To clinch the overall win, Adrover Gallego beat Brink 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-3 on Court 3. 
 
The match against Wyoming concluded with unfinished matches on Courts 1 and 6. 
 
For the second match of the day, the Huskers battled the Roos, winning 5-0. To kick off doubles action, the team of Loy and Carmen Zamburek swept Kansas City's Eva Kresovic and Catherine Chrobak 6-0 on Court 3. Lacasse and Alicea followed suit in the No. 1 spot and bested Michela Xibilia and Laura Munoz-Baroja 6-1. The match on Court 2 went unfinished.
 
Singles play kicked off with Alicea defeating Munoz-Baroja in the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 6-1. Consecutive wins proceeded on Courts 4, 2 and 5. Danilchenko bested Kate Miley on Court 4 6-3, 6-0. In the No. 2 position, Adrover Gallego beat Chrobak 6-0, 6-3 and to conclude play, Lacasse defeated Joanna Cardona on Court 5, 6-1, 6-2. 

The final match of the day was called with unfinished matches on Courts 1 and 6. 

Up next, the Huskers stay at home to welcome Wichita State on March 10 at 5 p.m. CT.  

Results
       
Nebraska 4, Wyoming 1                                                  
Singles competition                                                         
1. Ana C. Zamburek (NEB) vs. Sophie Zehender (WYO) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 3-4, unfinished 
2. Samantha Alicea (NEB) def. Maria Oreshkina (WYO) 6-4, 6-3
3. Isabel A. Gallego (NEB) def. Noesjka Brink (WYO) 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3
4. Violetta Borodina (WYO) def. Raphae¨lle Lacasse (NEB) 6-2, 6-2
5. Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) def. Nikol Dobrilova (WYO) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) 
6. Jillian Roa (NEB) vs. Ana Fernandez (WYO) 6-4, 5-7, 2-1, unfinished
                                                           
Doubles competition                                                       
1. Raphae¨lle Lacasse/Samantha Alicea (NEB) def. Sophie Zehender/Ana Fernandez (WYO) 6-2 
2. Maria Oreshkina/Violetta Borodina (WYO) def. Isabel A. Gallego/Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) 6-3 
3. Lucy Loy/Ana C. Zamburek (NEB) def. Noesjka Brink/Nikol Dobrilova (WYO) 6-4
                                                           
Match Notes:
Wyoming 4-5
Nebraska 9-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,5,3) 
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Nebraska 5, Kansas City 0                                             
Singles competition                                             
1. Ana C. Zamburek (NEB) vs. Michela Xibilia (UMKC) 6-2, 5-1, unfinished 
2. Isabel A. Gallego (NEB) def. Catherine Chrobak (UMKC) 6-0, 6-3
3. Samantha Alicea (NEB) def. Laura Munoz-Baroja (UMKC) 6-2, 6-1
4. Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) def. Kate Miley (UMKC) 6-3, 6-0
5. Raphae¨lle Lacasse (NEB) def. Joanna Cardona (UMKC) 6-1, 6-2
6. Jillian Roa (NEB) vs. Eva Kresovic (UMKC) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
 
Doubles competition
1. Raphae¨lle Lacasse/Samantha Alicea (NEB) def. Michela Xibilia/Laura Munoz-Baroja (UMKC) 6-1
2. Isabel A. Gallego/Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) vs. Joanna Cardona/Kate Miley (UMKC) 3-4, unfinished 
3. Lucy Loy/Ana C. Zamburek (NEB) def. Eva Kresovic/Catherine Chrobak (UMKC) 6-0
                                                           
Match Notes:
Kansas City 4-9
Nebraska 10-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,4,2,5)
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Christopulos Named to U.S. Senior National Team

 
U.S. Senior National Team
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Christopulos Named to U.S. Senior National Team

 
Nebraska men's gymnast Taylor Christopulos was named to the U.S. Senior National Team at the 2023 Winter Cup. Christopulos was one of 12 gymnasts named to the team Sunday evening. He is the first Husker to be named to the U.S. Senior National Team in over 20 years. 

Christopulos earned a combined score of 156.850 after two days of all-around competition, enough for a sixth-place finish. The junior added a fifth-place finish on floor with a combined score of 27.400. Christopulos also tallied sixth-place finishes on pommel horse (26.900) and vault (28.050). 

The Layton, Utah, native is a 2023 team captain for the Huskers and a returning All-American. Christopulos has been a standout performer for Nebraska over the last two years. The junior has helped Nebraska to two second-place finishes at the Big Ten Championships and two fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships. In 2021, he earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and was named Nebraska Athletics Outstanding Male Newcomer across all sports. Christopulos also earned second-team All-Big Ten honors after earning the silver medal on vault at the Big Ten Championships. 

Christopulos has been a leader outside of the gym, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors and CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition. He is a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member and a Nebraska Silver Academic Medallion recipient. He has also been named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for his contributions to the Lincoln community.
 

Huskers Shoot to Lead at Westbrook

The Nebraska women's golf team put up a pair of outstanding rounds to surge to the top of the leader board through 36 holes at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., on Sunday.

The Huskers matched No. 24 Ohio State for the best opening round, posting a team score of 286 (-2) on the par-72, 6,248-yard layout at the Westbrook Village Golf Club. Nebraska was even better in the second round, as the Big Red fired the best 18-hole score of the day with a 280 (-8), while the Buckeyes managed a 288. The Huskers (566, -10) enter Tuesday's final round with an eight-shot lead over the Buckeyes (574, -2). Denver matched Ohio State's 574 (-2) with a pair of one-under-par scores of 287, as the Pioneers also sit eight strokes back of Nebraska.

Freshman Kelli Ann Strand (Challis, Idaho) sits in a five-way tie atop the individual leader board with a 36-hole total of 140 (-4). Strand opened the day with a one-under-par 71, before leading the Big Red with a second-round 69 (-3).

Minnesota's Mariana Mesones (73-67) and Emma Carpenter (71-61) matched Strand's 140, as did Maeve Rossi (72-68) from Rutgers and Ohio State's Caley McGinty (70-70).

Husker graduate student Megan Whittaker (Elkhorn, Neb.) added impressive rounds of 70 and 71 to close the day in a tie for sixth at 141 (-3), just one shot back of the tournament leaders. Nebraska sophomore Miu Takahashi (Nasu-Machi, Japan) continued her strong play with two rounds of 71 to end the first 36 holes at 142 (-2) in a tie for 11th, just two strokes behind the leaders.

Junior Lindsey Thiele (Wahoo, Neb.) put four Huskers in the top 15 with rounds of 74 and 69 to close Sunday in a tie for 14th at 143 (-1).

Michaela Vavrova (Bojnice, Slovakia) rounded out Nebraska's lineup in a tie for 50th (150) in the 79-player field, while Andrea Velez (Pereira, Colombia) managed a 155 to tie for 72nd through 36 holes while competing as an individual outside the Husker lineup.

Nebraska will take aim at the tournament title in Tuesday's final round, beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. (CT). Live scoring will be provided by GolfStat.com.

Westbrook Spring Invitational
Feb. 26-27, 2023
Peoria, Arizona (Westbrook Village GC)
Par 72, 6,248 Yards

Team Standings (Two Rounds)

1. (49) Nebraska - 286-280-566 (-10)
T2. (24) Ohio State - 286-288-574 (-2)
T2. (44) Denver - 287-287-574 (-2)  
4. Minnesota - 296-280-576 (E)
5. UNLV - 296-283-578 (+3)
T6. (36) College of Charleston - 291-289-580 (+5)
T6. Kansas - 294-286-580 (+5)
8. Rutgers - 293-288-581 (+6)
9. Penn State - 291-293-584 (+10)
T10. Kansas State - 296-291-587 (+13)
T10. Oklahoma - 294-293-587 (+13)
12. Iowa - 293-298-591 (+17)
13. Missouri - 298-294-592 (+18)
14. Wisconsin - 300-302-602 (+28)

Individual Leaderboard (Two Rounds)
T1. Kelli Ann Strand, Nebraska - 71-69-140 (-4)

T1. Mariana Mesones, Minnesota - 73-67-140 (-4)
T1. Maeve Rossi, Rutgers - 72-68-140 (-4)
T1. Emma Carpenter, Minnesota - 71-69-140 (-4)
T1. Caley McGinty, Ohio State - 70-70-140 (-4)
T6. Megan Whittaker, Nebraska - 70-71-141 (-3)
T6. Veronica Joels, UNLV - 70-71-141 (-3)
T6. Kary Hollenbaugh, Ohio State - 70-71-141 (-3)
T6. Noa Van Beek, Kansas State - 70-71-141 (-3)
T6. Jordan Rothman, Kansas - 69-72-141 (-3)

Nebraska Individuals
T1. Kelli Ann Strand - 71-69-140 (-4)
T6. Megan Whittaker - 70-71-141 (-3)
T11. Miu Takahashi - 71-71-142 (-2)
T14. Lindsey Thiele - 74-69-143 (-1)
T50. Michaela Vavrova - 76-74-150 (+6)
*T72. Andrea Velez - 76-79-155 (+11)
*competed as an individual outside the Nebraska lineup