Huskers Fall Short Against Cowboys
Lincoln - The
Thanks to near perfect weather conditions in Lincoln, the teams were able to play the match outdoors at the Nebraska Tennis Center, marking the first time the Huskers have played a home match outdoors this season.
NU Head Coach Kerry McDermott shuffled the doubles lineups around, putting two teams out on the court that hadn’t played together in a match yet this season. McDermott’s strategy nearly paid off, as one of the new duos, David Bendheim and Hendrik Stahmer, won at No. 3 doubles 8-3. Renato Melo and Tobias Schneider teamed up for the first time all year at No. 1 doubles, where they lost 8-0, and Calin Paar and Francois Van Impe narrowly lost at No. 2 doubles 8-6, giving the Cowboys the crucial doubles point and a 1-0 lead going into singles play.
Paar tied the match at 1-1 after upsetting OSU’s Ivan Puchkarov, the nation’s 54th ranked singles player, 6-4, 6-0. Paar fell behind early in the first set 3-0, but stormed back to take six of the next seven games and then six straight games in the second set to round off his impressive victory. The win is the NU freshman’s sixth in a row and his 13th of the spring.
“I was real proud of Calin’s play today,” said McDermott. “He
showed a lot of heart and I think the other guys on the team are seeing how
hard he’s been playing and it’s rubbing off on them."
David Bendheim put up a great fight at No. 1 singles against
OSU’s Oleksandr Nedovyesov, who is ranked No. 8 nationally in singles play, but
couldn’t pull off the upset, losing 7-5, 6-3, giving the Cowboys a 2-1 lead.
“I thought we played a good match,” McDermott said. “We can’t
really get down on the team for lack of effort.
Oklahoma State 5, Nebraska 2
No. 1 Nedovyesov/Byrnes (OSU) def. Bendheim/Melo (NU), 8-0
No. 2 Petrov/Pushkarov (OSU) def. Paar/Van Impe (NU), 8-6
No. 3 Bendheim/Stahmer (NU) def. Bobytskyi/Sobolta (OSU), 8-3
No. 1 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (OSU) def. David Bendheim (NU), 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 Calin Paar (NU) def. Ivan Puchkarov (OSU), 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 Dmytro Petrov (OSU) def. Hendrik Stahmer (NU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Nathan Byrnes (OSU) def. Francois Van Impe (NU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 Renato Melo (NU) def. Anton Bobytski (OSU), 3-6, 6-3, (10-8)
No. 6 Igor Sobolta (OSU) def. Mark Tate (NU), 6-2, 7-6 (4)