Lincoln, Neb- The No. 57 Nebraska mens tennis team (9-8) face three more conference foes this week. Nebraska will play Iowa at home, before hitting the road to face No. 60 Purdue and Indiana on Saturday and Sunday. Wednesdays match against Iowa will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the 17th and Vine st. Courts in Lincoln (weather permitting). Saturdays match will take place at Purdue at 2 p.m.The last match of the weekend will be against Indiana at Indiana. It will begin Sunday, April 7th at 12 p.m. Live stats will be available for Wednesdays home match, and results for Saturday and Sunday can be found on Huskers.com.
Last Friday the Huskers suffered a painful loss to No. 7 Ohio State 6-1. This put their conference record 0-3.
Tom Blackwell captured the teams lone victory at the No. 4 singles, with an impressive victory over #43 Connor Smith. Tom fell in the first set , but went on to win the second set and the tie breaker. The final score was 2-6, 6-4, 10-7. Andre Stenger came close to beating #13 Blaz Rola in the first set, but lost in the tie breaker. Andre fell to the 13th ranked player 7-6 (2), 6-1.
"We were beat by a solid team today", said Coach Kerry McDermott. "We didn't play that bad, but they were the better team today. We have to regroup and be ready for Penn State on Sunday."
The Huskers managed their first conference win against Penn State, knocking off the Nittany Lions 4-3 on Sunday.
Nebraska started strong securing the doubles point with victories at the No.1 and No.2 doubles. The Huskers pair of Andre Stenger and Eric Sock defeated the Nittany Lion's Guanhua Chen and Chris Young 8-5, while NU's Bradford Zitsch and Dusty Boyer beat Penn's states team of Russel Bader and Matt Barry 8-4. This was Andre Stenger and Eric Socks second pairing of the season. Scott Elsass and Brandon Videtich were ahead at No.3 doubles when the point was decided.
All singles victories came down to the third set's.The first win of the day belonged to Tom Blackwell, his second win of the weekend. He defeated Roman Trkulja in a hard fought battle after splitting sets. The final score was 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Like Blackwell, Sebastian Florczyk lost the first set, but he was able to come back in the second set. After splitting sets Florczyk defeated C.J. Griffin 6-7, 6-3, 6-1. The outcome at No. 2 singles would determine the winner. This put a lot of pressure on Dusty Boyer. He won the first set against Bryan Welnets 6-4, but fell in the second 4-6. Dusty clinched the match for the Huskers, winning 7-5 in the third set.
"It was good to get out first conference win today", said Coach Kerry McDermott. " Solid performance in doubles today, and that was the difference in the match today. Singles we didnt play a complete match as a team and it showed. The three guys that came through in singles today: Dusty, Tom, and Sebastian showed their teammates that the will to win is a talent iteslef. The match came down to Dusty Boyer, and for a Freshman he is a GAMER (COOL HAND LUKE), and he knows how to win! We have to get ready for Iowa Wednesday, and be ready to battle again."
Scouting the Iowa Hawkeyes
Overall Record 2013: 7-9
Conference Record 2013: 0-4
Head Coach: Steve Houghton- 32nd year
Scouting the No. 60 Purdue Boilermakers
Overall Record 2013: 14-6
Conference Record 2013: 1-3
Head Coach: Pawel Gajdzik- 4th year
Scouting the Indiana Hoosiers
Overall Record 2013: 11-10
Conference Record: 3-2
Head Coach: Randy Bloemendaal- 5th year
The Huskers will return to Lincoln for a week of practice before facing two more conference rivals, Michigan and Michigan State. Nebraska will play Michigan April 12, at 4 p.m.. Then on April 14th Michigan State at noon.