West Lafayette, Ind. - The Nebraska men's tennis team saw some impressive results in doubles at the Big Ten Singles Championships on Friday. The Husker duo of Marc Herrmann and Beau Treyz advanced to the semifinal round of the main doubles draw while Andrew Dzulynsky and Vasileios Stavropoulos made it through to the consolation doubles semifinals after a tough first round loss in the main draw.
In the doubles first round of play, Nebraska's Court Clark and Charlie Shin fell to Northwestern's Fedor Baev and Strong Kirchheimer 5-8 while fellow Husker pair Herrmann and Treyz narrowly edged out Iowa's Michael Swank and Nils Hallestrand 8-7 (3). NU's Dzulynksky and Stavropoulos were ousted by Indiana's Matthew McCoy and Daniel Bendarczyk 5-8 while fellow Big Red duo Tom Blackwell and Dusty Boyer lost to Northwestern's Alp Horoz and Alberto Zanotti 5-8. The final Nebraska pair of Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch outpaced Iowa's Jonas Dierckx and Matt Hagan 8-4.
In the doubles second round, NU's Herrmann and Treyz slimly defeated Wisconsin's Alexander Kokorev and Petr Satral 8-7 (5) in a fantastic, nail-biter match while teammates Videtich and Zitsch were dropped by Wisconsin's Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg 6-8.
Moving on to the third round quarterfinals, Herrmann and Treyz outshot Northwestern's Baev and Kirchheimer 8-6 to advance to the semifinals.
In the doubles consolation bracket first round, the Huskers' Shin and Clark lost to Indiana's Alekzander Davila and Elliott Yee 5-8 while Nebraska teammates Dzulynsky and Stavropoulos outlasted Purdue's Matt Bouggy and Lucas Dages 8-6. NU's Boyer and Blackwell fell to Purdue's Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne 4-8.
In the second round of doubles consolation Stavropoulos and Dzulynsky beat Michigan State's Will Davis and Paul Heeder 8-3 to move on to the semifinals of consolation play.
Nebraska only had four players advance in the singles main draw. In his preliminary match to advance to the first round, Stavropoulos toppled Purdue's Dages 6-2, 6-3.
In the first round of the singles main draw, Nebraska's Boyer swept Purdue's Bouggy 6-0, 6-0 while Husker teammate Stavropoulos outpaced Minnesota's Eric Rueh 6-1, 7-6 (3). NU's Herrmann beat Penn State's Nika Dolidze 6-4, 6-3 as Big Red teammate Treyz defeated Iowa's Swank 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Huskers' Shin fell to Northwestern's Zanotti 5-7, 4-6 while the scarlet and cream's Clark lost to Michigan State's John Patrick Mullane 1-6, 2-6. Nebraska's Bradford Zitsch fell to Wisconsin's Wikberg 0-6, 4-6 while fellow Husker Blackwell was ousted by Iowa's Hagan 6-1, 2-6, 2-6. NU's Dzulynsky fell to Iowa's Hallestrand 5-7, 4-6 while fellow Husker Videtich was defeated by Indiana's Dimitrjie Tasic 4-6, 2-6.
"The doubles team of Marc (Herrmann) and Beau (Treyz) continue to play solid doubles and are in the semifinals tommorrow and I like their energy and attitudes," Nebraska Head Coach Kerry McDermott said. "Vasileios (Stavropoulos) and Andrew (Dzulynsky) are in the semifinals of consolations and its good to see them bounce back after a first round loss. Singles were a little disappointing as we only got Marc, Beau, Dusty (Boyer), and Vasileios through the first round. Hopefully these guys can get a good showing and get much further in the tournament."
Nebraska's Herrmann and Treyz are set to face Minnesota's Eric Frueh and Ruben Weber in the doubles semifinals while fellow Husker pair Dzulynsky and Stavropoulos will battle Iowa's Dierckx and Hagan in the doubles consolation semifinals.
Nebraska has four players in the second round of the singles main draw. Boyer is scheduled to challenge Michigan's Alex Buzzi while Husker teammate Stavropoulos takes on Northwestern's Kirchheimer. NU's Herrmann goes head-to-head with Michigan State's Davis while Big Red teammate Treyz faces Indiana's Davila.
In the singles consolation bracket, Nebraska's Shin faces Iowa's Joey White while NU's Clark is scheduled against Minnesota's Weber. The Huskers' Zitsch faces Iowa's Juan Estenssoro while fellow Nebraska player Blackwell will play the winner between Purdue's Dujovne and Northwestern's Horoz. NU's Dzulynsky faces Purdue's Mateus Silva while fellow Husker Videtich takes on Iowa's Andres Estenssoro.
The results of Saturday's matches will be posted here on Huskers.com at the conclusion of the day's matches. Go Big Red!