Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Top Roos, 6-1

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb. -- In its season home opener and Sean Maymi's first home match as head coach, the Nebraska men's tennis team defeated the UMKC Kangaroos, 6-1, in a cold afternoon at the Dillon Tennis Center on Wednesday. The Huskers are now 3-3 on the season, and will travel to Dallas, Texas, to face No. 10 Baylor on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. CT.

In doubles competition, the senior duo of Toby Boyer and Jon Meyer maintained a lead through the whole match to beat Tom Kruse/Daniel Izadifar, 6-3, at the No. 3 spot. Freshman William Gleason and sophomore Isaac Nortey then knocked off Hunter Clark/Anil Patel, 6-3, to give NU the doubles point and a 1-0 lead. 

Nortey started off singles play with a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over Josh McDermott at the No. 6 position, while junior Chris Dean overcame Anil Patel at No. 5 also in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Gleason secured a Nebraska victory with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Hunter Clark at No. 4 to extend the Husker lead to 4-0. 

Senior Toby Boyer improved to 4-1 in the spring after a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Diego Giraldo at the No. 5 spot, as junior Micah Klousia won a hard-fought match against Tom Kruse at No. 2, 6-1, 3-6, 12-10. Freshman Victor Moreno Lozano dropped a three-set thriller to Ben Stride at the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 to finish off Nebraska's 6-1 win. 

The Huskers improved to 10-0 all-time against the Roos, who have visited Lincoln every season since 2015. 

Results

Singles

1. Toby Boyer (NU) def. Diego Giraldo (UMKC) 6-2, 6-4

2. Micah Klousia (NU) def. Tom Kruse (UMKC) 6-1, 3-6, 12-10

3. Ben Stride (UMKC) def. Victor Moreno Lozano (NU) 6-3, 3-6, 10-6

4. William Gleason (NU) def. Hunter Clark (UMKC) 6-2, 6-2

5. Chris Dean (NU) def. Anil Patel (UMKC) 6-1, 6-0

6. Isaac Nortey (NU) def. Josh McDermott (UMKC) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

1. Victor Moreno Lozano/Micah Klousia (NU) vs. Diego Giraldo/Ben Stride (UMKC) 4-4, unfinished

2. William Gleason/Isaac Nortey (NU) def. Hunter Clark/Anil Patel (UMKC) 6-3

3. Toby Boyer/Jon Meyer (NU) def. Tom Kruse/Daniel Izadifar (UMKC) 6-3

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,4,1,2,3)

Attendance: 72

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