Huskers Return Home for Three-Match Series
Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Denver Pioneers (4-1, 0-0 Summit)
Saturday, Feb. 9, Noon CT
Lincoln, Neb. (Dillon Tennis Center)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Omaha Mavericks (2-5, 0-0 Summit), Creighton Bluejays (1-4, 0-0 Big East)
Sunday, Feb. 10, Noon & 5 p.m. CT
Lincoln, Neb. (Dillon Tennis Center)
Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s tennis team (3-4, 0-0 Big Ten) will host Denver (4-1, 0-0 Summit), Omaha (2-5, 0-0 Summit) and Creighton (1-4, 0-0 Big East) in a three-match series this weekend at the Dillon Tennis Center.
The Huskers will face off with the Bears on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Noon CT before a rivalry doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 10. NU will play the Mavericks at Noon CT and the Creighton Bluejays at 5 p.m. CT.
The Pioneers (4-1) come off a four-game home winning streak after losing at Wichita State, 5-2, in the opening match. Most recently, Denver swept Air Force, 7-0, on Friday, Feb. 1.
Omaha went 0-3 in its three-match road sequence on Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, losing at Tulsa, vs. Abilene Christian and at #RV Arkansas. The Mavs are 2-5 on the season, as their two wins took place at home in a doubleheader against Northern Illinois on Jan. 25.
The Jays (1-4) had a tough start to the season with their only win vs. Doane, 7-0, on Jan. 25. Creighton lost at No. 21 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Oklahoma to start off the season, and most recently at DePaul and Northern Illinois on Feb. 1 and 2.
The Huskers hold a 10-6 all-time lead over the Bears. Most recently, NU hosted Denver in 2018 for a hard-fought 4-3 win at the Dillon Tennis Center.
Nebraska has a 33-7 all-time record against Omaha, who has visited Lincoln every year since 2014 -- and lost four out of five matches.
The Huskers are 41-2 against the Jays in history. NU has hosted Creighton every season since 2007, winning every single match since then -- half of those wins (six of 12) were by 7-0.
Last Time Out
Nebraska fell short to No. 10 Baylor, 4-0, last weekend in a hard-fought match at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. The Bears quickly won the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 -- with Jimmy Bendeck/Sven Lah, the third-best doubles team in the nation -- and No. 3 positions. In singles, Boyer won the first set against No. 33 Johannes Schretter at No. 1 while Klousia and Chris Dean held second-set leads at No. 2 and No. 5, but the Bears were strong in other spots to close out a 4-0 victory.
The Huskers practice for a couple of weeks before heading to Des Moines, Iowa, for a doubleheader at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center at Drake University on Saturday, Feb. 23. Nebraska will play North Dakota at 9 a.m. CT before facing off with Drake at 6 p.m.
Boyer, Klousia to Lead Huskers in 2019
Senior Toby Boyer and junior Micah Klousia return as a pair of strong assets to Nebraska’s lineup in 2019. In the fall, Boyer and Klousia earned a berth among the nation’s top 32 doubles teams, as they qualified for the ITA National Fall Championships, Nov. 7-8. Before that, the Husker duo produced an impressive 4-1 run at the ITA Central Regionals on Oct. 18-22. Boyer/Klousia upset the tournament’s No. 1 seed (Arkansas) before knocking off teams from Creighton and Tulsa to earn a spot among the event’s four best pairs.
Maymi Develops Stronger Non-Conference Schedule
As a starting point for a program turnaround in 2019, first-year head coach Sean Maymi developed a stronger non-conference schedule for the Huskers. Half of Nebraska’s opponents this year (six of 12) were ranked at the end of the 2018 season in ITA Division I rankings: Baylor (No. 17), Texas Tech (No. 36), Loyola Marymount (No. 55), Drake (No. 65) and Wichita State (No. 71). Last year, Nebraska did not face any ranked non-conference teams.
Huskers Welcome Five-Star Recruit to 2020 Roster
Head Coach Sean Maymi announced the signing of Andre Saleh to a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 15. Saleh will join the Nebraska men’s tennis team in 2019-20 as a freshman. A five-star recruit from Newport Beach, Calif., Saleh was ranked No. 13 in California and No. 15 in the Southwest region in Head Recruiting Lists. Nationally, he was ranked as high as No. 52.