The Nebraska men's tennis team hits the road to compete in the ITA Central Regional Championships in Stillwater, Okla., Oct. 20-24.
Draws for the ITA Central Regional Championship will be released on the evening of Oct. 19, with play to begin on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Okla.
The ITA Regional Championships feature some of the top tennis players from across the country, with over 8,000 student-athletes competing across all divisions.
Nebraska Coach Kerry McDermott said the Huskers will be traveling everyone on the roster to regionals except for freshman Dylan Bednarczyk and sophomore Rok Krizaj.
“This tournament is a qualifier for Indoor Nationals, so we hope we can send someone to the Finals to have a chance to represent Nebraska at the National Indoors,” said McDermott, who has served 35 years as Nebraska men's tennis coach.
McDermott realizes that with four freshman, four sophomores, and only one senior, his team is relatively inexperienced.
“We feel we have been practicing pretty hard, and the team is ready to compete," McDermott said. "We are very young, but we need to show good fight and determination this weekend.”
Toby Boyer, a sophomore from Ham Lake, Minn., competed at the ITA All-American competition along with freshman Chris Dean, sophomore Tomislav Antoljak and sophomore Micah Klousia. Boyer made it to the second set of matches in the pre-qualifying draw before falling to Joshua Peck of North Carolina. With a great first season as a freshman last year, Boyer could make a strong impression at regionals, according to McDermott.
“Toby Boyer has been playing well and had a great summer, so he should do well," McDermott said. "We feel we have a couple guys who can surprise a few people and make a name for themselves, too.”