Iowa City, Iowa - The Nebraska men's tennis team (11-10, 3-4 Big Ten) emerged victorious 4-3 in their match against Iowa (9-10, 1-6 Big Ten) on Wednesday evening. The Huskers dominated in doubles earning a win at all three courts before allowing the Hawkeyes to rally with three points and level the score in singles. The match was decided at the No. 3 position with NU's senior Tom Blackwell edging through in three sets.
In doubles, Nebraska topped the Hawkeyes on all courts with Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch starting off the victories at the No. 1 over Iowa's Brian Alden and Michael Swank 8-6. The Huskers' Marc Herrmann and Dusty Boyer followed suit at the No. 2 with their triumph against the Hawkeyes' Jonas Dierckx and Matt Hagan 8-6. The doubles finished at the No. 3 where NU's Blackwell and Scott Elsass topped UI's Chase Tomlins and Joey White in the tie-breaker, 8-7 (7-1).
Moving into singles, Nebraska had a tough outing but ultimately pulled through in the end. The No. 2 court finished first where Iowa's Alden ousted the Big Red's Herrmann 7-5, 6-3 followed by a win for the Huskers at the No. 1 spot where Boyer toppled the Hawkeye's Dierckx 6-3, 6-4 making the score 2-1. At the No. 4, UI's Hagan defeated NU's Andrew Dzulynsky 6-4, 6-4 to level the terms at 2-2.
With the score even and three matches remaining, the Scarlet and Cream went ahead once again at the No. 6 spot when Beau Treyz knocked off Iowa's Swank 6-4, 6-4, but the Hawkeyes wouldn't let go easy as they put the score equal once again at the No. 5 court where UI's Dominic Patrick took the match to three sets over NU's Vasileios Stavropoulos 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. The nail-biter match came down to the Huskers' Blackwell at the No. 3 against Iowa's Juan Estenssoro, but the Big Red senior put it away in the third set by a score of 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3.
Nebraska Coach Kerry McDermott was proud of his team as they extended their record back to a positive percentage and came through in a tight match against the Hawkeyes.
"It was a great college match and we found a way to win tonight," McDermott said. "Tom Blackwell stepped it up like a true champion. When we saw it was coming down to his match to win it all we felt really good about that and he came through in the clutch. The doubles came through for us tonight and our guys played a solid performance and with a lot of heart! Now we have to get ready for Northwestern on Friday."
Next up for Nebraska is a double-header on Friday, April 11 when they face Northwestern and Nebraska-Omaha in Lincoln, Neb. at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
No. 62 Nebraska - 4
Iowa - 3
Iowa City, Iowa
1. Dusty Boyer (NU) def. Jonas Dierckx (UI) 6-3, 6-4
2. Brian Alden (UI) def. Marc Herrmann (NU) 7-5, 6-3
3. Tom Blackwell (NU) def. Juan Estenssoro (UI) 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
4. Matt Hagan (UI) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Dominic Patrick (UI) def. Vasileios Stavropoulos (NU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Beau Treyz (NU) def. Michael Swank (UI) 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish (2, 1, 4, 6, 5, 3)
1. Brandon Videtich/Bradford Zitsch (NU) def. Brian Alden/Michael Swank (UI) 8-6
2. Marc Herrmann/Dusty Boyer (NU) def. Jonas Dierckx/Matt Hagan (UI) 8-6
3. Tom Blackwell/Scott Elsass (NU) def. Chase Tomlins/Joey White (UI) 8-7 (7-1)
Order of finish (1, 2, 3)