Huskers Downed by Bears

By NU Athletic Communications
Sophomore Francois Van Impe lost in three sets at No. 3 singles on Friday.
Sophomore Francois Van Impe lost in three sets at No. 3 singles on Friday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
Waco, Texas - The Nebraska men's tennis team dropped a road match to the No. 13 Baylor Bears 7-0 on Friday evening in Waco, Texas. With the loss, the Huskers fall to 0-5 in the Big 12 and 10-14 overall this season. Nebraska couldn't match up with the Bears, who were on top of their game en route to winning all three doubles and all six singles matches.

The Huskers nearly took No. 1 doubles, as the duo of David Bendheim and Calin Paar fell 9-8 to David Galic and Denes Lukacs. The Huskers lost 8-2 at No. 2 and 8-5 at No. 3 doubles.

Nebraska didn't have any better success in singles play either. Francois Van Impe took the nation's 113th-ranked player, BU's David Galic, to a third-set supertiebreaker after winning the first set and narrowly dropping the second set. Van Impe couldn't come through in the tiebreaker, however, as the Huskers just missed putting a point on the board. Nebraska also fell victim to the nation's 8th-ranked player (Lars Poerschke), 12th-ranked player (Denes Lukacs) and 96th-ranked player (Dominik Mueller) in the stacked Baylor lineup on the day.

The Huskers have been hit with some bad luck recently, losing their last six three-set matches dating back to an April 4 match against Oklahoma State, as they have been much more competitive than their final scores may indicate.

"We actually played pretty good doubles today," said Head Coach Kerry McDermott. "We probably played our best doubles of the year, but Baylor is just a great doubles team. Then we turned around and played probably our worst singles of the year. It was a match of extremes, and you're not going to win that way. We've just got to put this loss behind us and focus on Oklahoma." 

The Huskers have one match remaining on their regular-season schedule, a road contest at Oklahoma. Both teams will be searching for their first Big 12 win of the season when they match up in Norman, Okla. at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Results
Baylor 7, Nebraska 0

Doubles
No. 1 Galic/Lukacs (BU) def. Bendheim/Paar (NU), 9-8 (3)
No. 2 Bucko/Poerschke (BU) def. Stahmer/Van Impe (NU), 8-2
No. 3 Mueller/Rux (BU) def. Schneider/Tate (NU), 8-6

Singles
No. 1 Lars Poerschke (BU) def. David Bendheim (NU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. Calin Paar (NU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 David Galic (BU) def. Francois Van Impe (NU), 5-7, 7-6 (5), (10-6)
No. 4 Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Renato Melo (NU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 Jordan Rux (BU) def. Mark Tate (NU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 Attila Bucko (BU) def. Karl Jones (NU), 6-0, 6-3

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