Freshman Stefan Gollner is 4-2 in singles play this season.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Ready to Open Conference Play at Home

By NU Athletic Communications
With their quick two-game road trip complete, the No. 54 Nebraska Cornhuskers are set to open up its Big Ten Conference play on Friday, March 2 against the No. 18 Illinois Fighting Illini. Friday's match against the Illini will be held at the Nebraska Tennis Center and is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The Huskers are 6-4 on the season while the Fighting Illini are 5-3. This will mark the first match in the Big Ten Conference for both squads.

The Illini are coming off a tough loss at the hands of No. 5 Florida, 6-1, on Feb. 12 and enter Lincoln with a pair of players ranked in singles play along with one team ranked in doubles. Ranked No.18 in the country, the Illini are the highest ranked team the Huskers will have faced at this point in the season.

Last Week in Virginia
After some slight travel difficulties, Nebraska went 1-1 this past weekend in Virginia. On Saturday, the Huskers downed William & Mary, 4-3, with senior co-captains Christopher Aumueller and Benedikt Lindheim leading the way. However, Monday's match against the No. 38 VCU Rams was a different story. VCU won the doubles point and took all the momentum into singles play and defeated the Huskers, 4-1.

Freshman Gollner Helping Huskers Out All Over
Nebraska's freshman Stefan Gollner has been playing everywhere for the Huskers this season. He's seen time at the No. 2 spot in singles play along with the No. 3, 4 and 5 spots and is 4-2 this year. He's also playing doubles with teammate Eric Sock. The two are 4-5 on the season.

Huskers Drop to No. 54 Latest Rankings
In the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings released on Feb. 27, the Huskers dropped eight spots to No. 54 in the country. In singles play the Huskers have two players ranked in No. 61 Christopher Aumueller and No. 71 Benedikt Lindheim. The two seniors also pair together to form Nebraska's on doubles team at No. 11 in the country.

NU in the Rankings
Date     Ranking

1/3         #40
1/24      #39
2/2        #40
2/7        #38
2/22      T-#46
2/28      #54

Scouting the Illini
The Illini are 5-3 this season and ranked No. 18 in the country. Illinois has two ranked singles players in No. 4 Dennis Nevolo, who is 4-2 on the year while playing at the No. 1 and 2 spots in the Illini lineup. The second ranked player in singles play is No. 21 Roy Kalmanovich. The two also form the only ranked doubles team for the Illini and are ranked No. 41 in the country. Illinois is 2-3 this season against ranked opponents and 2-2 on the road. The Fighting Illini are coached by Brad Dancer. This is Dancer's sixth season.

Follow the Huskers with Live Stats
Live stats will be available for the Huskers' matches this weekend. Follow the link at the top of the page.


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