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Nebraska Caps Off Last Day at Drake Invitational

By NU Athletic Communications

Des Moines, Iowa -- The Huskers wrapped up their first weekend of action in the fall season with six singles victories on Saturday at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. 

On Friday, Nebraska reached the doubles competition final with Victor Moreno Lozano and Isaac Nortey. Head Coach Sean Maymi was satisfied with the results, but also commented on how the tournament served as a good opportunity to look for improvement areas before the Huskers travel to the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. on Oct. 2-9. 

"We have identified several things that each player can improve upon," Maymi said. "Over the next few weeks, before our tournament in Tulsa, we hope to see big improvements in these specific areas."

Freshman Mason Meier led the way for the Huskers on Saturday, as the newcomer had three matches decided on a super tie-break to earn a spot as a finalist in the Singles B bracket. Meier beat Yassine Derbani (Gustavus), 6-1, 2-6, 10-6 in the first round before knocking off Hugo Piles (Omaha), 6-2, 4-6, 11-9. In the semifinals, Meier topped Davis Lawley (Omaha), 6-1, 1-6, 10-8. As the championship match wasn't played, Meier concluded the tournament tied for first place in the Singles B draw.

Victor Moreno Lozano continued the freshmen success with two victories in the Singles A bracket. He defeated Patrick Whaling (Gustavus), 6-4, 6-3 and Stratton Brown (Creighton), 7-5, 6-3 before losing to Bayo Phillips (Drake), 6-3, 6-2. Isaac Nortey knocked off Nathan Reekie (Omaha), 7-6, 6-2, but fell to Rahul Manoah (Northwest Missouri State), 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 in the following round.

In the Singles C draw, Alvaro Moreno Lozano lost a tough three-set match to Michael Kritzinger (NC), 7-5, 5-7, 10-6. Jon Meyer also fell short to Ethan Henry (Omaha), 6-1, 7-5 in the first round. 

Results

Singles A

Victor Moreno Lozano def. Patrick Whaling (Gustavus Adolphus), 6-4, 6-3

Victor Moreno Lozano def. Stratton Brown (Creighton), 7-5, 6-3

Bayo Phillips (Drake) def. Victor Moreno Lozano, 6-3, 6-2

Isaac Nortey def. Nathan Reekie (Omaha), 7-6, 6-2

Rahul Manoah (Northwest Missouri State) def. Isaac Nortey, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8

Singles B

Mason Meier def. Yassine Derbani (Gustavus Adolphus), 6-1, 2-6, 10-6

Mason Meier def. Hugo Piles (Omaha), 6-2, 4-6, 11-9

Mason Meier def. Davis Lawley (Omaha), 6-1, 1-6, 10-8

Singles C

Michael Kritzinger (NC) def. Alvaro Moreno Lozano, 7-5, 5-7, 10-6

Ethan Henry (Omaha) def. Jon Meyer, 6-1, 7-5

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