Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 59 Nebraska men's tennis team (3-3, 0-0 Big Ten) suffered a tough 4-2 loss to the No. 49 Louisville Cardinals (6-1, 0-0 AAC) on Saturday at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The Huskers barely gave up the doubles point to go down early. The Big Red was able to grab a couple of points in singles, but the spark wasn't enough for NU to secure a victory.
Starting the match in doubles, the Huskers won a quick match at the No. 3 position when Andrew Dzulynsky and Dusty Boyer outpaced Louisville's Luis Elizondo and Jeffrey Brown 6-2. The lead was short-lived with UL grabbing wins at the No. 1 and 2 spots. At the No. 2, Louisville's Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri toppled NU's Beau Treyz and Marc Herrmann 6-3 while the doubles point was decided in a nail-biter tie-breaker at the No. 1 where the Cardinals' Albert Wagner and Chris Simich narrowly edged the Huskers' Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch 6-5 (7-4).
Singles started in favor of Louisville with a score of 1-0, but Nebraska put the match back on level terms at the No. 2 position when Boyer scorched UL's Stiefelmeyer 6-2, 6-2 making the score 1-1. The Cardinals regained the lead at the No. 3 spot when Alex Gornet defeated Nebraska's Dzulynsky 6-4, 6-2, pushing the score to 2-1. The lead extended to 3-1 in favor of Louisville at the No. 5 position when Elizondo ousted the Huskers' Treyz 6-1, 6-5 (8-6).
At the No. 6 position, Nebraska's Vasileios Stavropoulos won a close match over Louisville's Michael Lippens 6-4, 6-5 (7-4) to bring the Huskers back to 3-2. The match was decided at the No. 1 where UL's Wagner beat NU's Herrmann in three sets by a score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to give the Cardinals the 4-2 team victory. The No. 4 singles match went unfinished.
"We knew this was going to be a battle but as coaches we felt that we should be in a good position to win this match," Nebraska Head Coach Kerry McDermott said. "It was a tough losing the doubles point, especially because we were cruising at No. 2 doubles. We up 3-1 and just kind of gave it away and next thing you know we lose five straight games and the doubles point. I wanted to see how we would respond after losing the doubles point. I felt that we had opportunities on every court to win. Dusty (Boyer) played as well as I have ever seen him play and Vasileios did a good job of winning in straight sets after being down 1-5 in the second set. Tom Blackwell let a huge opportunity slide after being up a set and 5-2 in the second set. He needs to focus on the moment rather than the results. We face Creighton tonight and we need to rebound and be ready to go."
No. 59 Nebraska - 2
No. 49 Louisville - 4
1. Albert Wagner (UL) def. Marc Herrmann (NU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2. Dusty Boyer (NU) def. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (UL) 6-2, 6-2
3. Alex Gornet (UL) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Chris Simich (UL) vs. Tom Blackwell (NU) DNF
5. Luis Elizondo (UL) def. Beau Treyz (NU) 6-1, 6-5 (8-6)
6. Vasileios Stavropoulos (NU) def. Michael Lippens (UL) 6-4, 6-5 (7-4)
Order of finish (2, 3, 5, 6, 1)
1. Albert Wagner/Chris Simich (UL) def. Brandon Videtich/Bradford Zitsch (NU) 6-5 (7-4)
2. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Van Damrongsri (UL) def. Marc Herrmann/Beau Treyz (NU) 6-3
3. Dusty Boyer/Andrew Dzulynsky (NU) def. Luis Elizondo/Jeffrey Brown (UL) 6-2
Order of finish (3, 2, 1)