Huskers Set For Last Two Conference Matches
Lincoln, Neb.- The No. 62 Nebraska mens tennis team (10-12) will face No. 32 Minnesota in their final home match on Friday, April 19th at 3 pm. The Huskers fell 5-2 to No. 26 Michigan and 5-2 to No. 45 Michigan State. The Huskers conference record is currently 2-7.
For Fridays match, if the weather is above 50 degrees and it is not raining the match will be played at the 17th and Vine st. Courts. If the weather is below 50 or it is raining the match will be played at the Nebraska Tennis Center.
After the Huskers final home match this weekend they will hit the road to face one more conference rival, No. 69 Wisconsin. The Huskers will face off against Wisconsin on Sunday, April 21 at 1 P.M.. The last time the Huskers faced the Badgers was last April. Nebraska knocked off Wisconsin 4-0 in their last meeting.
In the first match of the weekend the No. 60 Nebraska men's tennis team (10-11) suffered a painful 5-2 loss to No. 24 Michigan (12-7) on Friday at the Nebraska Tennis Center. This put their conference record at 2-6.
The Huskers started off slow with losses at No. 1 and 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles Brandon Videtich and Scott Elsass won a close match against Michigan's Shaun Bernstein and Justin Rossi 8-7.
The Huskers fought hard in singles, capturing 2 wins of the 4 needed to clinch the match. The first victory came at No. 2 singles where Dusty Boyer had an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over Alex Petrone. Next Andre Stenger fell at No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-2 to Evan King. Then Sebastian Florczyk fell 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 singles to Alex Buzzi.
The next win belonged to Marc Herrmann at No. 4 singles, a strong 6-2, 6-1 victory over Michael Zhu. At this point the Huskers needed to win the remaining two matches in order to beat Michigan.
Playing at No. 3 singles for the first time this year, Tom Blackwell split sets with Vlad Stefan after losing the second set 6-4. Shortly after Andrew Dzulynsky split sets at No. 6 singles. Tom lead most of the third set before falling behind 4-5. Vlad Stefan won the final game to clinch the match for Michigan, giving them their fourth point. Dzulynsky lost in a tiebreaker in the third set for a final score of 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
“It was a tough loss”, said Coach Kerry McDermott. “ We won some small battles, but in the end came up short getting the win. We have to move on and get ready for Michigan State on Sunday.”
The Huskers were unable to rebound from their first loss, and suffered another at the hands of No. 45 Michigan State. No. 60 Nebraska mens tennis team (10-12) was defeated 5-2 Sunday, April 14 by the No. 48 Michigan State at the Nebraska Tennis Center. This put their conference record at 2-7.
The Huskers struggled in doubles, trying out new pairings against the Spartans. At No. 1 doubles the team of Andre Stenger and Brandon Videtich dropped a tight 8-5 loss to Harry JAdun and Gijs Linders. At. No. 2 doubles Bradford Zitsch and Scott Elsass fell 8-4 to John Mullane and Drew Lied. The Huskers lone doubles victory belonged to Dusty Boyer and Marc Herrmann, when they knocked off Aaron Pfister and Doug Zade 8-6.
In singles the Huskers managed two wins. The first finish was at No. 3 singles, where Marc Herrmann knocked off the Spartans Denis Bogatov 6-2, 6-2. Next Andre Stenger was defeated by Aaron Pfister 6-4, 6-3.
Eric Sock was defeated 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles, by Gijs Linders, while Tom Blackwell was knocked off 6-4, 6-2 by John Mullane at No. 4 singles. The next finish was the teams second win, belonging to Andrew Dzulynsky at No. 6 singles. He won in a tiebreaker against Harry Jadun, for a final score of 7-5, 4-6 (10-8). The teams final finish was at No. 2 singles, when Dusty Boyer lost in the third set to Drew Lied, for a final score of 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.
"It was good to see Marc and Andrew get wins in singles today", said Coach Kerry McDermott. " Got to give Michigan State credit, as they played a complete match today".
Scouting the No. 32 Minnesota Gophers(11-9)
Most recently the Gophers knocked off Purdue 5-2 and Indiana 6-1.
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Conference: Big Ten
Head Coach: Geoff Young
2013 Record: 11-9
2013 Conference Record: 7-2
2012 Record: 13-8
Conference Record 2012: 8-3
Scouting the No. 69 Wisconsin Badgers
Head Coach: Greg Van Emburgh
Overall record: 11-10
2012 Record: 12-12
2012 conference record: 4-7 (8th)
After the Huskers face Wisconsin they will head to the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The Big Ten Championships will take place April 25-28.