Tallahassee, Fla. - The No. 60 Nebraska men's tennis team (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) fell to the No. 36 Florida State Seminoles (7-0, 0-0 ACC) 5-2 on Monday. The Huskers dropped all three doubles match to go down 1-0 early and were able to gain ground with two singles matches as they lost to the highly ranked Seminoles.
The Huskers went down early by slipping in two quick doubles matches, giving Florida State the lead 1-0. At the No. 2 position, FSU's Grayson Goldin and Marco Nunez toppled NU's Marc Herrmann and Beau Treyz 6-2 to begin the match while the Seminoles' Dominic Cotrone and Blake Davis ousted Nebraska's Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch 6-3 at the No. 1 spot to grab the doubles point. The final doubles match at the No. 3 spot went unfinished between Florida State's Michael Rinaldi and Cristian Gonzalez Mendez and the Huskers' Dusty Boyer and Andrew Dzulynsky.
Entering singles with the disadvantage, Nebraska clawed back in two matches but ultimately wound up defeated by the end of the match. The No. 6 position finished first where FSU's Goldin outpaced Vasileios Stavropoulos 6-2, 6-1 while the Seminoles' Gonzalez Mendez ousted NU's Dzulynsky 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 3. Down 3-0, Nebraska's Herrmann beat Florida State's Davis 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot while FSU's Rinaldi knocked off the Huskers' Treyz 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 5.
With the match secured at 4-1, the teams completed the last two singles matches. At the No. 1 spot the Seminoles' Cotrone edged Nebraska's Boyer 6-1, 6-5 (5) while the Huskers' Tom Blackwell claimed victory over FSU's Nunez 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 4 position. Concluding the final two singles matches, Florida State emerged the victor by a score of 5-2.
"We actually had a chance to win the doubles point but didn't," Head Coach Kerry McDermott said. "Both Marc (Herrmann) and Tom (Blackwell) played well enough to give our team a chance to win. Unfortunately, in the other four singles matches we really didn't make things close enough to pose a threat in winning. We competed pretty well but our guys need to find ways to dig deeper mentally, especially on deuce games where matches are won and lost. It was good to get these matches in this weekend and get ready for Texas Tech next Saturday in Los Angeles at the ITA Kick-off tournament."
The Huskers head to Los Angeles next on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26 for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event hosted by UCLA. Nebraska faces Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9 a.m. to begin the event.
No. 60 Nebraska - 2
No. 36Florida State - 5
1. Dominic Cotrone (FSU) def. Dusty Boyer (NU) 6-1, 6-5 (5)
2. Marc Herrmann (NU) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Tom Blackwell (NU) def. Marco Nunez (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Beau Treyz (NU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Grayson Goldin (FSU) def. Vasileios Stavropoulos (NU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish (6, 3, 2, 5, 1, 4)
1. Dominic Cotrone/Blake Davis (FSU) def. Brandon Videtich/Bradford Zitsch (NU) 6-3
2. Grayson Goldin/Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Marc Herrmann/Beau Treyz (NU) 6-2
3. Michael Rinaldi/Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) vs. Dusty Boyer/Andrew Dzulynsky (NU) DNF
Order of finish (2, 1)