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Huskers Open 2019 Season at FSU Spring Invite

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Florida Atlantic (0-0, 0-0 C-USA)

Saturday, January 12, 2018, 8 a.m. CT (9 a.m. ET)

Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center)

Florida State Spring Invitational (Jan. 12-13)

Lincoln — The Nebraska men’s tennis team will open its 2019 season this weekend at the Florida State Spring Invitational in Tallahassee. 

The Huskers will take on Florida Atlantic in the opening round on Saturday at 8 a.m. (CT). No live stream will be available. Fans can follow results on Twitter @HuskerMTennis.

The two-day tournament will feature eight teams at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center. NU will join Alabama-Birmingham, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, No. 20 Florida State, Louisiana, New Orleans and North Florida. 

Action will start on Saturday at 8 a.m. (CT) with the opening round. Teams that advance will play semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The championship match will take place on Sunday at Noon (CT). 

After the first round the Huskers will face either North Florida or Louisiana at 1 pm (CT).

The event will also feature a consolation bracket, which will be played simultaneously with the main bracket. 

Scouting Florida Atlantic

Florida Atlantic finished the 2018 season with a 19-10 record, including a 1-3 mark in C-USA action. The young Owls return only one senior and two sophomores, and welcome five newcomers to the roster.

Series History

This will be the third meeting all-time between Nebraska and Florida Atlantic. The Huskers won both matches 6-1 -- the first played at FAU in 2003 and the second in Lincoln in 2011. 

Up Next

Nebraska will keep practicing throughout the next couple of weeks before traveling to Dallas, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 26 to play SMU and Northern Colorado at 1 and 5 p.m. CT, respectively. NU debuts at home against UMKC on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. CT. 

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