MALIBU, Calif. – The Nebraska Cornhuskers dropped their second consecutive match on Tuesday afternoon as the No. 8 Pepperdine Wave defeated No. 59 Nebraska, 7-0. The Huskers went 1-2 on their road trip and now have a record of 7-7 on the year. With the win, Pepperdine improves to 10-6.
The match started out with the Huskers dropping the singles point. The Huskers were only able to win one match at the No. 2 spot when their duo of Andre Stenger andRobert Schulze downed Pepperdine’s Jenson Turner and Sebastian Fanselow, 9-8 (3). Nebraska’s No. 16 team of Christopher Aumueller and Benedikt Lindheim were defeated by Wave’s No. 3 squad of Alex Llompart and Finn Tearney, 9-7.
Pepperdine kept their doubles momentum going into singles play where they won all six singles matches.
Court No. 1 was a showdown between two ranked players, and Pepperdine’s No. 19 Tearney got the better of NU’s No. 73 Aumueller, 6-3, 6-0. In another match between two-ranked players on court No. 2, the Wave’s No. 11 Fanselow downed Nebraska’s No. 87 Lindheim, 6-2, 6-0.
Playing at the No. 3 spot in the Huskers lineup was Andre Stenger, who was defeated by Pepperdine’s Llompart in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. On court No. 4 Pepperdine’s No. 76 Mousheg Hovhannisyan was victorious over NU’s Stefan Gollner, 6-4, 6-2.
On court No. 5 Pepperdine’s Jenson Turner won by default over NU’s Eric Sock, 6-0, 4-0, default. Winning the seventh and final point for the Wave on court No. 6 was David Sofaer, who defeated Nebraska’s Drew Freeman, 6-3, 6-0.
After the match Nebraska head coach Kerry McDermott talked about his team's play today.
"We played a very good Pepperdine team, and as the results show, they were a much better team than ours," McDermott said. "We actually played very good doubles and had a chance to win the doubles point, which against this team would of been an upset in that regards. Singles play we got dominated and overmatched at each position.
"It is time now to move forward and get ready for the Big Ten Conference. Everything to this point in the season is over with, and we must now gear up for some very challenging Big Ten Conference dual matches."
The Huskers next match will be against Big Ten foe Northwestern in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday, March 25, at noon. Depending on the weather, the match will either be at the Nebraska Tennis Center or the Vine Street Courts. Check back to Huskers.com for all your men’s tennis updates.
#8 Pepperdine 7 def. #59 Nebraska 0
1. #19 Finn Tearney (PEP) def. #73 Chris Aumueller (NU) 6-3, 6-0
2. #11 Sebastian Fanselow (PEP) def. #87 Benedikt Lindheim (NU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Alex Llompart (PEP) def. Andre Stenger (NU) 6-2, 6-1
4. #76 Mousheg Hovhannisyan (PEP) def. Stefan Gollner (NU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Jenson Turner (PEP) def. Eric Sock (NU) 6-0, 4-0, default
6. David Sofaer (PEP) def. Drew Freeman (NU) 6-3, 6-0
1. #3 Llompart/Tearney (PEP) def. #16 Aumueller/Lindheim(NU) 9-7
2. Stenger/Schulze (NU) def. Turner/Fanselow (PEP) 9-8 (3)
3. #75 Clarke/Sofaer (PEP) def. Freeman/Blackwell (NU) 8-2
Nebraska 7-7; National ranking #59
Pepperdine 10-6; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,1,4)