Big Ten Medal of Honor: Mary Weatherholt, Nebraska Women's Tennis
June 5, 2013
Mary Weatherholt put together one of the most dominant seasons in Nebraska women’s tennis history during the 2013 season. The senior from Prairie Village, Kan., led Nebraska to the Big Ten regular-season title – its first conference crown in women’s tennis since 1978 – and the school’s first-ever appearance in the 16-team NCAA Team Championships. She earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles competition, becoming the first tennis player in school history to earn All-America honors in singles. Weatherholt posted a 30-2 record and was the 2013 NCAA Singles runner-up, the best finish ever by a Husker women’s tennis player. Weatherholt also paired with Patricia Veresova at No. 1 doubles and reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2013, finishing with a 22-3 record. The All-America honors were just part of the accolades Weatherholt received during the 2012-13 academic year. She went unbeaten at No. 1 singles in the Big Ten and was selected as the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Year for the second straight season. In her two seasons of Big Ten tennis, she is a combined 21-1. She won the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for her leadership and sportsmanship on the court. In the classroom, Weatherholt, who is a graduate student after graduating in May of 2012, was selected as the University of Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year across all sports.