Huskers Wrap Up Weekend at Milwaukee Classic
Milwaukee -- Toby Boyer, Dylan Bednarczyk and Linus Erhart produced several strong performances to help the Nebraska men's tennis team close out a solid weekend at the Milwaukee Classic.
Boyer, a junior from Ham Lake, Minn., led the Huskers with a 5-1 singles record over the weekend, while Bednarczyk and Erhart teamed up to advance to the tournament semifinals before having their impressive weekend run come to an end.
Erhart and Bednarzcyk provided one of Nebraska's top highlights on Saturday by advancing to the doubles main draw semifinal with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Zeke Clark and Alex Brown from Illinois. The Huskers rallied from 7-4 deficit, showing outstanding mental toughness to run off five straight points to claim the match.
Nebraska's Saturday singles matches were less successful. Boyer opened with a 5-7, 2-6 loss to Virginia Tech's Alex Riberio, but fought back to defeat Wisconsin's Martim Vilela, 3-6, 6-1, 10-16 in a consolation match.
Erhart suffered a 3-6, 4-6 loss to Oscar Mesquida of Arkansas, before suffering a 5-7, 6-4, 8-10 marathon to Pablo Lando from Illinois.
Bednarczyk retired from his singles match with an injury after falling behind 4-0 in the first set against Virginia Tech's Mitch Harper.
Micah Klousia also took a straight-set loss to Minnesota's Jackson Allen, 3-6, 2-6.
Sunday began with Boyer winning his quarterfinal singles consolation match, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 10-5, over Navy's Aries Wong. Boyer added a consolation semifinals victory over Wisconsin's Chase Colton, 6-4, 6-1, as Boyer closed his weekend with a 5-1 mark after three consecutive victories.
While Boyer provided a bright spot in Sunday's singles play, Erhart and Bednarczyk suffered a narrow 9-7 main draw semifinal loss to Minnesota's Alex Corwin and 9-7. Erhart and Bednarczyk again showed their grit by rallying from a 5-2 deficit to tie the match at 7-7, before succumbing to the Gophers.
Nebraska Assistant Coach Fungai Tongoona said the Huskers showed improvement during the weekend, but they know they still have a long way to go to achieve the level of play they will need to achieve their goals in 2017-18.
"As we continue to build toward the All-American tournament in Tulsa next week and the regional tournament in Minnesota in three weeks, the guys understand that we need to practice match sharpness and fitness," Tongoona said. "The level of commitment on this trip has been admirable and a vast improvement from last year. The more sets we play, the better we will get."
The Huskers return to action at the ITA All-American Championships, Sept. 30-Oct. 8 in Tulsa, Okla.