Huskers Stay Hot; Two Qualify for Quarterfinals
TULSA, Okla. – Christopher Aumueller and Benedikt Lindheim both won their singles match on Sunday in the USTA/ITA Regional Championships and with the wins, the Nebraska men’s tennis team will have two players in the quarterfinals.
Nebraska’s No. 3 Aumueller defeated Oklahoma State’s Rifat Biktyakov, 6-4, 7-6(4) to advance. Aumueller will play another Cowboy on Monday in OSU’s Chris Hayworth.
No. 8 Lindheim defeated Minnesota’s No. 11 Phil Arnot, 6-2, 6-2. He will face Oklahoma’s No. 14 Tsvetan Mihov.
“It was a very good day for the Huskers,” Nebraska head coach Kerry McDermott said. “Bene and Aui are both in the quarterfinals in singles as they both won matches today and played very well. I was impressed with their professionalism in regards to taking care of details in the warm up and throughout their matches today. These guys are senior captains who are showing this team the correctsteps to what it means to get things done and improving the program.”
Aumueller and Lindheim kept their winning ways going in to the doubles tournament when they paired as a team to win both of their matches as the No. 2 seed. In the second round, NU’s team defeated South Dakota State’s duo of Parker Lawley and James Thorp, 8-2. In the quarterfinals, NU’s duo defeated Minnesota’s team of Phillip Arndt and Leonardo Toledo, 8-0. Nebraska’s doubles squad will face Oklahoma’s squad of Dane Webb and Costin Paval in the semifinals.
NU’s other doubles team competing of Andre Stenger and Robert Schulze were defeated in the second round by Southern Illinois’ team of Szymon Opieczonek and Brandon Florez, 9-8 (4).
“In doubles Aui and Bene won two matches and are now in the semi's of doubles. They played outstanding today only losing two games and totally dominated their opponents,” McDermott said. “If these guys can continue this type of play they will definitely have a very good chance to do well at this tournament and make a statement. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s matches and taking it one match at a time.”
The Huskers will continue play in Tulsa on Monday with more singles and doubles action.