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Maymi, Huskers Ready to Start New Era in 2019

By NU Athletic Communications

Rebuild the program. Make history.

Sean Maymi is only starting his career as a head coach, but his objectives aren’t for beginners. Maymi is a rising star in collegiate coaching, and he plans to use his successful past as a driving force for a complete program turnaround.

 

"I am thrilled to be coaching the Nebraska men's tennis team," Maymi said. "The coaching staff has held the players to a high standard both physically and mentally. The team has done a great job of embracing a growth mindset and trying to improve every day. This is a process and we will always be building and improving. I know the future is bright and this team will be the start of something very special."

 

Maymi has extensive ties to the Big Ten Conference in two successful stints as the associate head coach at Michigan. He helped the Wolverines to eight NCAA Tournament appearances in his nine seasons as an assistant in Ann Arbor. In 2008, Maymi was named the ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year after assisting Michigan’s run to the NCAA Tournament round of 16 and a No. 16 final national ranking.

 

He is joined by assistant coach and long-time friend Tom Boysen, who carries nine seasons of college coaching experience in addition to three years as a coach and manager for professional athletes.

 

Boysen was named the ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016 after helping Dartmouth to a runner-up finish in the Ivy League. He also helped SEC power Vanderbilt finish in the national rankings in all five of his seasons with the Commodores.

 

Maymi will also have the help of volunteer assistant coach Nikola Andjelic, the only ‘veteran’ in the coaching staff. Andjelic enters his fourth year at Nebraska in 2018-19 after helping the Huskers to an 11-15 record last season. The 2016 Nebraska graduate helped Dusty Boyer to first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2016.

 

Maymi and his coaching staff inherit a balanced eight-man roster with two seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen. After finishing 11th in the Big Ten last year, the Huskers will rely on senior Toby Boyer as a key component to lead the team to a higher finish in 2018-19. 

 

Boyer is coming off his best season as a Husker, and one of the best individual seasons in Nebraska history. He reached the ITA Central Regional Singles final in the fall, becoming only the second Husker to reach the event finals since Karl Falkland won the tournament in 1993. The Ham Lake, Minn.,  native posted a 26-14 overall record in 2017-18. His 26 singles wins ranked fourth on Nebraska’s single-season list. 

 

Jon Meyer brings his experience and leadership on and off the court to his last season as a Husker. The Lincoln Southwest grad didn’t see much action in 2017-18, but maintained his stellar performance in the classroom. Meyer earned the 2018 Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award, was a member of the 2018 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and claimed his second straight academic All-Big Ten honor in 2018.  

 

Juniors Chris Dean and Micah Klousia showed great improvement in their second year at Nebraska in 2018. Dean notched a 13-9 overall mark in singles and a 3-4 record in spring Big Ten play. Dean’s conference record was the team’s second-best, trailing only senior Linus Erhart, who finished 5-6.  

 

Klousia had his best season in the win column at Nebraska as a sophomore last year. The Springfield, Mo., native played most of his matches out of the No. 4 position and concluded his singles campaign at 11-17. 

 

Isaac Nortey and Alvaro Moreno Lozano are the two sophomores on the Huskers’ 2019 roster. Nortey, a native of Ghana, posted an 11-10 singles record in 2018, playing primarily out of the No. 5 position. Alvaro is from Madrid, Spain, and a transfer from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he posted a 3-3 record as a freshman in 2017-18, playing primarily out of the No. 6 spot. 

 

Victor Moreno Lozano, Alvaro's younger brother, and William Gleason close out Nebraska’s 2019 roster as two talented freshmen. 

 

William Gleason is a Lincoln, Neb., native and was a four-star recruit from Lincoln Southwest High School. He was ranked No. 138 nationally and climbed as high as No. 76 in 16 and Under Singles in 2016. Gleason is also a three-time Nebraska High School Boys Class A Singles champion.

 

Victor was ranked No. 5 nationally in Spain for Boys 16 and Under Singles in 2016, and No. 1 in Madrid for Boys 16 and Under Singles. He also reached the No. 90 spot in all of Spain Men’s Singles, including tennis professionals such as Rafael Nadal, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista and Fernando Verdasco.

 

Head Coach Sean Maymi developed a stronger non-conference schedule for Nebraska as a starting point for a program turnaround in 2019. The Huskers will open the season at the Florida State Spring Invitational, Jan. 12-13.

 

The Huskers rest for a couple of weeks before traveling to Dallas, Texas to play SMU and Northern Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 26.

 

Nebraska will make its 2018-19 home debut on Wednesday, Jan. 30, against the UMKC Kangaroos. The Huskers hit the road again on Sunday, Feb. 3 to face Baylor, before returning back to Lincoln for a three-match home stand at the Dillon Tennis Center.

 

The Big Red will play Denver on Saturday, Feb. 9, before facing two in-state rivals the following day, as NU takes on Omaha and Creighton on Sunday, Feb. 10.

 

Nebraska travels to Des Moines, Iowa to play Drake and North Dakota on Sunday, Feb. 23. NU then hits the road to play an old Big 12 foe as it challenges Texas Tech on Sunday, March 3.

The Huskers start Big Ten competition on Friday, March 8, as they travel to Wisconsin to battle the Badgers. 

 

Nebraska then returns to the Dillon Tennis Center for its Big Ten home opener against Iowa on Sunday, March 10. 

 

NU plays a single match at home against Wichita State on Friday, March 15, before its spring break trip to Los Angeles, where the Huskers play Loyola Marymount on Wednesday, March 20.

The Big Red return to Lincoln to play Minnesota on Sunday, March 24, but travel the following weekend for a pair of Big Ten road matches. NU duels with Illinois on Saturday, March 30 and with Northwestern on Sunday, March 31.

 

Nebraska then plays Ohio State on Friday, April 5, and Penn State on Sunday, April 7 at the Dillon Tennis Center. The Huskers travel to Indiana the next weekend to clash with the Hoosiers on Saturday, April 13, and Purdue on Sunday, April 14.

 

The Huskers close out Big Ten regular-season action at home as they take on Michigan on Friday, April 19 and Michigan State on Sunday, April 21. 

 

Nebraska heads to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the Big Ten Tournament, which will take place on April 25-28. 

 

"We have approached each day with the attitude to improve,"Maymi said. "Several of the freshmen have established themselves as being contributors in both singles and doubles. I believe we have made progress, and I think the upcoming season will provide us with more opportunities to challenge ourselves and learn." 

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