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Huskers Fall Short to Hawkeyes, 5-2

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln -- The Nebraska men's tennis team (7-8, 0-2 Big Ten) fell short to the Iowa Hawkeyes (10-3, 1-0 Big Ten), 5-2, in its Big Ten Conference home debut at the Dillon Tennis Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday afternoon. 

Senior Toby Boyer and junior Micah Klousia notched singles wins for the Huskers, but it wasn't enough to post NU's first Big Ten victory on the season. 

In doubles competition, freshman Victor Moreno Lozano and Nortey dropped a 6-3 contest to Oliver Okonkwo/Will Davies at No. 2, while junior Chris Dean and Klousia lost to Joe Tyler/Piotr Smietana also by a 6-3 margin to give Iowa the doubles point and a 1-0 lead.

Okonkwo defeated freshman William Gleason at the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 6-3 to start off singles play. 

Boyer earned his 10th win of the season with a 6-4, 6-3 upset over Kareem Allaf at the No. 1 position.

Victor Moreno then fell to Joe Tyler, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 to give Iowa a 3-1 lead. At this point, Klousia, Dean and Nortey had tight matches that hinted a Husker comeback. 

Klousia beat Jonas Larsen at No. 2, 7-6 (4), 7-5, but almost at the same time, Jason Kerst knocked off Dean, 7-5, 6-4 to clinch the match for Iowa at 4-2.

Davies overcame Nortey, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 at the No. 5 position to close out the Hawkeyes' 5-2 victory.

Up next, the Huskers will take on the No. 39 Wichita State Shockers on Friday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. CT at the Dillon Tennis Center.

Results

Singles

1. Toby Boyer (NU) def. Kareem Allaf (IOWA) 6-4, 6-3

2. Micah Klousia (NU) def. Jonas Larsen (IOWA) 7-6, 7-5

3. Oliver Okonkwo (IOWA) def. William Gleason (NU) 6-2, 6-3

4. Joe Tyler (IOWA) def. Victor Moreno Lozano (NU) 6-4, 6-4

5. Will Davies (IOWA) def. Isaac Nortey (NU) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

6. Jason Kerst (IOWA) def. Chris Dean (NU) 7-5, 6-4

Doubles

1. Toby Boyer/William Gleason (NU) vs. Kareem Allaf/Jonas Larsen (IOWA) 4-5, unfinished

2. Oliver Okonkwo/Will Davies (IOWA) def. Victor Moreno Lozano/Isaac Nortey (NU) 6-3

3. Joe Tyler/Piotr Smietana (IOWA) def. Chris Dean/Micah Klousia (NU) 6-3

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

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