TULSA, Okla. - The Nebraska men's tennis team followed up Tuesday's two victories with three on Wednesday at the ITA All-American Championships, and with those wins, they achieved something that's never been done in the history of the program.
In the singles qualifying tournament, NU's Benedikt Lindheim defeated Florida's Spencer Newman, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, to advance to the main draw tournament. This will be the first time in Nebraska's history that they've had two players qualify for the main draw tournament. The other Husker competing is Christopher Aumueller.
In the doubles qualifying tournament, Nebraska's duo of Eric Sock and Andre Stenger won both matches to qualify for the doubles main draw tournament. In their third round match they defeated the No. 2 seed and 30th ranked doubles team in Daniel Cochrane and Dennis Lengsfeld from Auburn, 8-4. In their fourth round match, NU's Sock and Stenger were down 5-7, 40-love, against the No. 9 seed in TCU's Nick Chapppell and Orlando Superlano, but fought back to win the match, 9-7.
Like in singles play, the Huskers will also have two teams in the main draw for the doubles tournament. Nebraska has never had two teams qualify for the main draw in the doubles tournament. Along with Sock and Stenger, the other team participating will be Aumueller and Lindheim.
"The guys are starting to believe," Nebraska head coach Kerry McDermott said after the matches. "Their hard work is starting to pay off. Now this is what they wanted to do; to play in the main draw. Now that they're here, they can start to make some statements and keep up the hard work."
The Huskers will be back in action on Thursday as the main draw tournaments begin. The first and second rounds of singles play will be completed along with the first round of doubles play.