Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Nebraska men's tennis team (9-9, 1-3 Big Ten) dropped a tough 7-0 sweep to the Michigan Wolverines (11-8, 3-2 Big Ten) on Sunday (March 30) at the Michigan Varsity Tennis Center. The loss completed a two-loss weekend for the Big Red after suffering a defeat to the Michigan State Spartans on Friday, 4-3.
In doubles, Michigan's Shaun Bernstein and Kevin Wong outpaced Nebraska's Marc Herrmann and Beau Treyz 8-3 at the No. 2 court while the Huskers' Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch pulled a surprising upset over No. 24-ranked Wolverines Alex Buzzi and Barrett Franks 8-3 at the No.1 positon. The doubles point was secured by UM at the No. 3 spot where Alex Petrone and Justin Rossi toppled NU's Dusty Boyer and Scott Elsass 8-5.
In singles, Michigan won all six matches will four of them coming in straight sets. At the No. 1, UM's Petrone outpaced NU's Boyer 6-3, 6-3 while fellow Wolverine Wong defeated the Huskers' Videtich 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot. The victory was sealed by Michigan's Vlad Stefan at the No. 2 over Nebraska's Herrmann 6-3, 6-4.
The remaining matches played through, leaving the final score 7-0 with Michigan snatching all the courts. At the No. 4, UM's Buzzi rolled over NU's Andrew Dzulynsky 6-3, 6-4 while fellow Wolverine Franks edged past the Huskers' Vasileios Stavropoulos 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (7) at the No. 5 spot. The final match concluded at the No. 3 court where the Maize and Blue's Rossi out-hit the Big Red's Tom Blackwell 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
NU Head Coach Kerry McDermott was impressed with Videtich and Zitsch's doubles performance but wants to see the team rebound and find a path to victory moving into next weekend's home matches.
"We competed really hard today," McDermott said. "Michigan seemed to play the important points much better than our guys. We had lots of break points in numerous games in singles and we couldn't make anything happen. We need for our guys to learn to play smarter and find a way to win. Brandon (Videtich) and Ford (Zitsch) played about as well as I have seen them all year and took out the No. 24 team in the nation by a score of 8-3. We need to learn from this weekend and move forward in a positive manner and get ready for our home matches next weekend."
Next up for the Huskers is two matches at home next week when they face Indiana on Friday, April 4 at 3 p.m. before welcoming Purdue on Sunday, April 6 at noon.
No. 46 Michigan - 7
No. 58 Nebraska - 0
Ann Arbor, Mich.
1. Alex Petrone (U-M) def. Dusty Boyer (Nebraska) 6-3, 6-3
2. Vlad Stefan (U-M) def. Marc Herrmann (Nebraska) 6-3, 6-4
3. Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Tom Blackwell (Nebraska) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
4. Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (Nebraska) 6-3, 6-4
5. Barrett Franks (U-M) def. Vasileios Stavropoulos (Nebraska) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (7)
6. Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Brandon Videtich (Nebraska) 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish (1, 6, 2, 4, 5, 3)
1. Brandon Videtich/Bradford Zitsch (Nebraska) def. No. 24 Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) 8-3
2. Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Marc Herrmann/Beauregard Treyz (Nebraska) 8-3
3. Alex Petrone/Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Dusty Boyer/Scott Elsass (Nebraska) 8-5
Order of finish (2, 1, 3)