Huskers Routed by Red Raiders

By NU Athletic Communications
The Huskers dropped to 0-4 in the Big 12 with the loss at Texas Tech on Sunday.
The Huskers dropped to 0-4 in the Big 12 with the loss at Texas Tech on Sunday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
Lubbock, Texas - The Nebraska men's tennis team lost on Sunday to the No. 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders 7-0 in Lubbock, Texas. The loss is NU's fourth straight to open Big 12 play, and drops its record to 9-13 overall. The 20th-ranked Texas Tech squad is the fourth straight top-25 opponent the Huskers have played, and although the team has competed well at times, it hasn't been able to put it together for a victory over any of those teams.

The Huskers lost all three doubles matches and weren't able to recover in singles play. Hendrik Stahmer and Francois Van Impe each took their matches into third-set super-tiebreakers, but neither was able to win and get a point on the board for the Huskers. Calin Paar lost for just the second time in his last nine matches, and David Bendheim was stalled at No. 1 singles by Bojan Szumanski, the 43rd-ranked player in the nation. Bendheim is now 3-6 against ranked singles opponents on the year.

“They overpowered us, and took it to us from the start,” said NU Head Coach Kerry McDermott. “They just played much better than we did. Our guys need to get better at playing smarter. They all have gameplans that they just need to stick to.”

The Huskers finish up their regular season schedule next week with three matches. They play their final home match on Tuesday, April 15, against in-state foe Nebraska-Kearney before traveling to Baylor on April 18 and to Oklahoma on April 20. Tuesday's match against UNK is schedule for a 2 p.m. start, and will be played at the Nebraska Tennis Center.

Texas Tech 7, Nebraska 0

No. 1 Rojmar/Szumanski (TTU) def. Melo/Schneider (NU), 5-2 (ret. - injury)
No. 2 Breler/Markovic (TTU) def. Paar/Van Impe (NU), 8-4
No. 3 Babinciuc/Ramos (TTU) def. Bendheim/Stahmer (NU), 8-6

No. 1 Bojan Szumanski (TTU) def. David Bendheim (NU), 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 Sinisa Markovic (TTU) def. Calin Paar (NU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Lenior Ramos (TTU) def. Hendrik Stahmer (NU), 3-6, 6-4, (10-2)
No. 4 Ilya Babinciuc (TTU) def. Francois Van Impe (NU), 6-2, 4-6, (10-2)
No. 5 Christian Rojmar (TTU) def. Karl Jones (NU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Michael Breler (TTU) def. Mark Tate (NU), 6-3, 6-3


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