Senior Linus Erhart is NU's lone senior in 2018
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Open Season Against Jackrabbits

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - The Nebraska men’s tennis team begins the 2018 regular season with a doubleheader against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at home on Saturday. The Big Red starts the day with a match at 10 a.m., followed by another meeting with SDSU at 6 p.m. Admission to both matches is free.

After gaining valuable experience during the fall invitational season, the Husker lineup looks to pursue upward momentum. Returning for Nebraska are sophomores Chris Dean and Dylan Bednarczyk, juniors Toby Boyer, Micah Klousia, Rok Krizaj and Jon Meyer. Also back, after taking time to earn a bachelors degree in Austria, is sole senior Linus Erhart. 

New to the Big Red roster in 2018 is freshmen duo William Grattan Smith and Isaac Nortey. According to Head Coach Kerry McDermott, the new additions are expected to make immediate contributions, while the returning nucelus of Huskers build on overall team performance.

Boyer showed his continually improving play by battling his way to a runner-up finish at the ITA Central Regional Singles Championships in the fall of 2017. Boyer was just the second Husker to reach the event finals since Karl Falkland won the tournament in 1993. Boyer’s performance earned him a spot at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. “We are excited as coaches to see Toby’s hard work paying off,” McDermott said. “He had an outstanding fall and he showed some great mental toughness and fortitude to reach the ITA Central Regional finals by beating some highly ranked opponents. Toby is focused on continuing to work on his game and keep improving as we get ready for the second semester dual match season."

South Dakota State visits Nebraska for its first match of regular season. The Jackrabbits enter the weekend after a short invitational season, seeing action against Purdue, Creighton and teams at the ITA Central Regionals where Emerson Styles picked up a win over the Nebraska's Jon Meyer. A junior from Barnstaple, England, Styles put up a 6-4, 6-2 final score to claim a victory for SDSU.


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