Huskers Set For Two Conference Matches
Lincoln, Neb.- The No. 60 Nebraska mens tennis team (10-10) will face two Big Ten foes this weekend at home, No. 24 Michigan (11-7), and No. 48 Michigan State (9-11). Nebraska will play Michigan on Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m, then Michigan State on Sunday, April 14th, at noon. If the weather is above 50 degrees the matches will be played at the 17th and Vine St. Courts. If it is below 50 degrees the matches will be played at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The Huskers are coming off of a weekend on the road, where they faced two conference rivals, Purdue and Indiana. The Huskers fell in both matches, putting their conference record at 2-5.
The No. 58 Nebraska mens tennis team (10-9) was defeated by No. 69 Indiana (14-10) Sunday, April 7, at the IU Varsity Courts. The Hoosiers managed a 6-1 win over the Huskers. This puts Nebraska's conference record at 2-5. The Huskers faced three conference opponents this week, including Iowa, Purdue, Indiana. Nebraska defeated Iowa at home, before heading to Indiana. Two days later the Huskers suffered a 7-0 sweep at the hands of No. 63 Purdue.
Nebraska struggled in doubles play, with losses at No. 2 and 3 doubles. First NU's pair of Bradford Zitsch and Dusty Boyer were defeated by Josh MacTaggart and Daniel Bednarczyk 8-5. Then the point was decided after Scott Elsass and Brandon Videtich lost to Dimitrije Tasic and Chris Essick by the same score of 8-5. NU's top doubles pair of Eric Sock and Andre Stenger faced Indiana's ranked pair, #28 Isade Juneau and Sam Monette. The score was 7-6 Indiana when the point was decided.
In singles play the Huskers managed one victory at No. 4 singles. The Huskers Marc Herrmann won a hard fought battle over the Hoosiers Dimitrije Tasic 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8). Playing for the first time at No. 1 singles, Dusty Boyer came close to knocking off Josh MacTaggart, but fell short in the tiebreaker losing 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (10-8).
"This was a tough weekend", said Coach Kerry McDermott. "The team will need to learn from this weekends matches and move on. At this point in the season its about finding ways to win and keeping positive when things aren't going your way".
Scouting the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines
2013 overall record: 11-7
2013 conference record: 6-1
Head Coach: Bruce Berque (9th Season)
The Wolverines come to Nebraska with four consecutive wins. The latest was a 5-2 win over No. 29 Illinois on Saturday, April 6.
Scouting the No. 48 Michigan State Spartans
2013 overall record: 9-11
2013 conference record: 3-4
Head Coach: Gene Orlando (21st season)
The Spartans won two of their last three matches. They knocked off two conference opponents, Purdue 6-1 and Northwestern 5-2, before falling 4-3 to Illinois.
The Huskers will face one more Big Ten rival, Minnesota at home next Friday, April 9, at 3 p.m.