Denver, Colo. - The No. 40 Nebraska men's tennis team notched its sixth straight victory by knocking off No. 65 Denver, 4-1 Saturday.
The Huskers, who improved to 7-3 overall and locked up their fourth win over a ranked foe this season, started off the day with two doubles victories to secure the doubles point.
At the No. 1 spot, Andre Stenger and Marc Herrmann played Denver's Jens Vorkefeld and Max Krammer, but did not finish. The score was 7-5 before the match was called. At the No. 2 spot Bradford Zitsch and Dusty Boyer defeated the Pioneers' Fabio Biasion and Henry Craig 8-4. The next win came from Brandon Videtich and Scott Elsass, as they beat Luke Manley and Frederick Bjorne 8-1.
"Glad to get this win today, as it was much tougher than it looked on paper," Coach Kerry McDermott said. "We went into doubles up 2-0 because they have some injuries in their lineup. We got defaults at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. We played very good doubles and got impressive and decisive wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. We were up a break at No. 1 when the doubles point got clinched."
The Huskers got two defaults due to injured players from Denver. The singles victory that clinched the match was Eric Sock's win over Bjorne 6-3, 6-0.
"There was tremendous pressure to get only one more singles match, and Denver had nothing to lose and everything to gain," McDermott said. "Eric Sock came out strong and closed the coffin for a 6-3, 6-0 victory to seal the match. It was our first match outside since October, so that made it even nicer to come away with the win. We will use this match as a confidence booster, and get ready for our first Big Ten match next week at Northwestern."
The Huskers head to Evanston, Ill., to battle the Wildcats on Saturday, March 9, at noon. Results will be posted to Huskers.com.
#40 Nebraska 4, #65 Denver 1
March 2, 2013
1. (NU) Andre Stenger/Marc Herrmann vs. (DU) Jens Vorkefeld/Max Krammer 7-5 DNF
2. (NU) Bradford Zitsch/Dusty Boyer def. (DU) Fabio Biasion/Henry Craig 8-4
3. (NU) Brandon Videtich/Scott Elsass def. (DU) Frederick Bjorne/Luke Manley 8-1
1. (NU) Andre Stenger vs. Jens Vorkefeld 6-4, 3,-4 DNF
2. (DU) Henry Craig vs. (NU) Marc Herrmann 6-4, 4-2 DNF
3. (DU) Max Krammer def. (NU) Dusty Boyer 6-2, 6-0
4. (NU) Eric Sock def. (DU) Frederick Bjorne 6-3, 6-0