Huskers Sweep the Badgers in Big Ten Opener
Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 60 Nebraska men's tennis team (9-6, 1-0 Big Ten) earned a decisive victory in their first conference match of the season, rolling to a 7-0 sweep of No. 58 Wisconsin (8-7, 0-2 Big Ten).
The Huskers started the day off right by picking up wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Dusty Boyer and Scott Elsass were too much for Wisconsin's Elliott Sprecher and John Zordani at the No. 3 position, as the duo routed the pair to an 8-2 decision. Marc Herrmann and Beau Treyz were able to seal the doubles point for the Huskers at the No. 2 spot by rallying from a 2-5 deficit to finish with the 8-5 victory over Alexander Kokorev and Petr Satral. The No. 1 doubles pair of Bradford Zitsch and Brandon Videtich also turned in a great performance as they ended their unfinished match against Oskar Wikberg and Jakhongir Jalalov with a 7-6 lead.
NU continued their stellar play on the singles court, winning all six of their matches in straight sets. Bradford Zitsch earned the first victory for the Huskers, quickly defeating John Zordani at the No. 5 spot 6-1, 6-0. Dusty Boyer followed suit at No. 1 singles, beating Oskar Wikberg by a score 6-3, 6-0. With the score at 3-0, Tom Blackwell produced the win that gave the Huskers the team victory by defeating Petr Satral at No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-3. Marc Herrmann's 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jakhongir Jalalov at the No. 3 spot made it 5-0 for Nebraska, and Vasileios Stavropoulos extended the lead to 6-0 with his 7-5, 6-1 win over Michael Sinha. The final victory of the day was Andrew Dzulynsky's at No. 4 singles, outplaying Elliott Sprecher to a score of 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Head Coach Kerry McDermott was proud of the way his team competed and thought the win could help the team carry momentum into the rest of the conference schedule.
"I thought we played a complete match and competed the way a University of Nebraska athletic team should compete," McDermott commented. "We had to play ugly tennis, but who really cares when it's all about winning! It feels great to win our opening Big Ten conference match, and hopefully we will use this match as a confidence builder and get the job done on Sunday against Minnesota. We feel the Big Ten has improved overall and there are some very winnable matches for us to take, so we need to keep competing hard and getting after it."
Following this victory, Nebraska will hit the road to take on No. 50 Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, March 23, with matches scheduled to start at noon.
No. 60 Nebraska - 7
No. 58 Wisconsin - 0
1. Bradford Zitsch/Brandon Videtich (NU) vs. Oskar Wikberg/Jakhongir Jalalov (UW) 7-6, unfinished
2. Beau Treyz/Marc Herrmann (NU) def. Alexander Kokorev/Petr Satral (UW) 8-5
3. Scott Elsass/Dusty Boyer (NU) def. Elliott Sprecher/John Zordani (UW) 8-2
Order of finish: (3, 2)
1. Dusty Boyer (NU) def. Oskar Wikberg (UW) 6-3, 6-0
2. Tom Blackwell (NU) def. Petr Satral (UW) 6-3, 6-3
3. Marc Herrmann (NU) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (UW) 6-4, 6-3
4. Andrew Dzulynsky (NU) def. Elliott Sprecher (UW) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
5. Bradford Zitsch (NU) def. John Zordani (UW) 6-1, 6-0
6. Vasileios Stavropoulos (NU) def. Michael Sinha (UW) 7-5, 6-1
Order of finish: (5, 1, 2, 3, 6, 4)