Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 59 Nebraska men's tennis team (3-2, 0-0 Big Ten) rolled to a victory over No. 52-ranked Denver (3-2, 0-0 Summit) on Saturday at the Nebraska Tennis Center by a score of 5-2. The Huskers secured the doubles point in three matches to start the match before rallying in three quick singles matches to seal the team victory.
Starting the match at doubles, Nebraska grabbed the first win at the No. 2 position where Marc Herrmann and Beau Treyz ousted Denver's Yannik James and Alex Gasson 6-2 before the Pioneers retaliated to notch their own victory at the No. 1 spot where Henry Craig and Diogo Rocha toppled the Huskers' Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch 6-4. The doubles point was decided at the No. 3 position when NU's Andrew Dzulynksy and Dusty Boyer narrowly defeated DU's Fabio Biasion and Alex Clinkenbeard 6-5 (7-5) in a nail-biter tie-breaker.
Heading into singles on a 1-0 lead, Nebraska extended the lead to 3-0 at the No. 5 spot when Treyz scorched Denver's James 6-3, 6-0 while fellow Husker Boyer knocked off DU's Gasson 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 2. The Big Red secured the victory at the No. 1 position where Herrmann defeated the Pioneers' No. 86-ranked Henry Craig 6-3, 6-5 (8-6).
The final three matches were played through despite the positive result for the Huskers. At the No. 3 position, Denver's Rocha defeated NU's Dzulynsky 6-4, 6-2 while fellow Pioneer Clinkenbeard narrowly edged out Nebraska's Tom Blackwell 6-5 (8-6), 6-4 at the No. 4. The final match finished at the No. 6 position where NU's Vasileios Stavropoulos defeated DU's Aidan Talcott 2-6, 6-5 (7-4), 1-0 (10-7) leaving the match with a final score of 5-2.
“I think it was a good win against a good team,” Assistant Coach Fungai Tongoona said. “Denver will get better as the season goes on. It will help our team in the rankings. Winning the doubles point was key, it gave us a lot of momentum going into the singles matches. We had some good wins at the No. 5 and 2 positions, the quick wins made it easier for the other guys to go on to win their matches as well.”
“It was a solid team victory for the guys,” Head Coach Kerry McDermott said. “It was a great team effort. Denver is a great team that will go on to win some matches against other good teams, so this win really showed our guys what we can do. Doubles was key for us to win. I’m really proud of the way we played in doubles to go ahead moving into singles, because that helped boost our guys' morale to win some great singles matches. We can celebrate tonight but we need to get ready for next week.”
Next up for the Huskers is a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 15 when they host Louisville and Creighton at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
No. 59 Nebraska - 5
No. 52 Denver - 2
1. Marc Herrman (NU) def. Henry Craig (DU) 6-3, 6-5 (8-6)
2. Dusty Boyer (NU) def. Alex Gasson (DU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Diogo Rocha (DU) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Alex Clinkenbeard (DU) def. Tom Blackwell (NU) 6-5 (8-6), 6-4
5. Beau Treyz (NU) def. Yannik James (DU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Vasileios Stavropoulos (NU) def. Aidan Talcott (DU) 2-6, 6-5 (7-4), 1-0 (10-7)
Order of finish (5, 2, 1, 3, 4, 6)
1. Henry Craig/Diogo Rocha (DU) def. Brandon Videtich/Bradford Zitsch (NU) 6-4
2. Marc Herrmann/Beau Treyz (NU) def. Yannik James/Alex Gasson (DU) 6-2
3. Andrew Dzulynsky/Dusty Boyer (NU) def. Fabio Biasion/Alex Clinkenbeard 6-5 (7-5)
Order of finish (2, 1, 3)