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NU bounces back
after tough loss
to beat Missouri
Women’s tennis team
was close to biggest
win in school history
By Jay Saunders
After a weekend split with Baylor
and Missouri, the Nebraska women’s
tennis team is exactly where it was
before playing those two matches.
The Bears (12-5 and 7-1 in the Big
12 Conference) handed the
Comhuskers a tough 6-3 loss on Sat
urday, but NU rallied to beat the Ti
gers 9-0 on Sunday at the Woods Ten
Against Baylor, No. 2 singles
player Lisa Hart beat Carolyn McGrath
6- 3,6-2 and No. 6 Adriana Dulic con
tinued her hot streak by beating Julie
Hamilton 6-2,2-6 and 6-2.
“We were about four games from
the biggest win in the program’s his
tory,” NU Coach Scott Jacobson said.
“This was a heart-wrenching loss.”
Although the score didn’t reflect it,
the match could have gone either way.
The Huskers (14-6 and 4-5) won
the first set at No. 1 and No. 3 singles
as Annie Yang won her first set 6-3,
but dropped the next two sets 6-3 and
7- 5 at No. 3 to Hortensia Hernandez.
And Sandra Noetzel after winning the
first set 3-6 dropped the next two to
Barbara Navarro 6-4 and 6-4.
“I don’t know what went wrong,”
Yang said. “If we won those close
matches going into the doubles, we
would have been
The No. 1
doubles team of
Noetzel and Jenni
fer Thoste contin
ued to tear through
ing an 8-4 win
and Vanessa Abel.
Thoste have combined for a 12-6
record this year, Jacobson said Thoste
is gaining more confidence on the
“Thoste is starting to play with a
certain vibrance,” Jacobson said. “It
looks like she enjoys being on the
Instead of letting down after such
a tough loss, the Huskers came back
with a vengeance, posting a 9-0 win
over Missouri on Sunday. NU domi
nated both singles and doubles, play
ing all nin? matches without dropping
a seC ** J J V V C f S |
Jacobson said the Huskers couldn’t
suffer a letdown after such a tough
defeat the day before.
“They recognized the long-term
importance of this match,” Jacobson
said. “They have a certain level of re
spect for their teammates. That level
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LISA HART takes a swing in Nebraska’s match against Missouri on Sunday. Hart was 2-0 on the weekend.
against hot Tech
By Jay Saunders
Nebraska Men’s Tennis Coach
Kerry McDermott described Texas
Tech as an up-and-down team. And
Tech was on the
“We were hop
ing to catch them
on their down
said. “All in all it
is not a good feel
ing to lose, but it
doesn’t set us back
NU (9-12 overall and 1-6 in the Big
12 Conference) won just one match,
losing to the Red Raiders 6-1 at the
Woods Tennis Center.
Tech jumped out to an early lead
by winning the doubles point by
sweeping the three matches.
NU used new doubles combinations
at the two and three spots. McDermott
paired Kelsay Moron and Magnus
Grahn at No. 2 doubles and had Fredrik
Riesbeck and Roshan Fernando at No.
3, but that experiment didn’t work out
as the Huskers lost 8-3 and 8-6.
The regular No. 1 doubles team of
Dinko Verzi and Markus Bergerheim
lost their match 8-4.
“We thought we had to win the
We were hoping to
catch them on their
down side ”
NU men’s tennis coach
doubles point to win the match,”
McDermott said. “Our No. 1 team
didn’t play a bad match, but the other
team played flawlessly.”
Although Verzi didn t notch a wm
in doubles, he provided the only
singles victory. Verzi, who normally
plays at No. 2 singles, moved into the
No. 1 spot and won his match 6-4,7-5
over Tyiir Jimenez.
NU was without the services of An
drew Wiese. Wiese sprained his ankle
last weekend and was not in the lineup
against the Red Raiders. Henrik
Andersson filled in for Wiese at the No.
6 spot but lost 6-2,6-3 to Doug Lacy.
. McDermott said Wiese practiced
Sunday and could be back for NU’s big
gest duals of the year next week.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
travel to Lincoln for duals that will de
cide where NU will finish in the region.
“This next weekend is what we
need to gun for,” McDermott said. “We
need to make something happen.”
dies at 50
From, Staff Reports
Ben Gregory, a former Ne
braska running back and assis
tant coach at Colorado, died of
a massive heart attack Thursday
night at his home in Boulder,
Colo. He was 50.
Gregory, who played for NU
from 1965 through 1967, was
the running backs’ coach at
Colorado since 1991. Gregory’s
son Morgan played tor the
Comhuskers from 1987 through
1989. He is also survived by his
wife, Bonnie, a daughter,
Brooke, and two grandchildren.
“It’s a devastating loss to our
family, both Ben’s immediate
family as well as the Colorado
football family,” CU Coach Rick
At Nebraska, Gregory rushed
for 1,024 yards and nine touch
downs in his career. He went on
to play in the NFL for die Buf
falo Bills before returning to NU
in 1971 as a graduate assistant.
NU Coach Tom Osborne said
he was saddened of the news.
“He had a positive influence
on everyone here and is someone
we are very proud to call a Ne
braska graduate,” Osborne said.
offense sluggish once
By David Wilson
Plagued with injuries, the Nebraska
offense had more fumbles than touch
downs during Saturday’s scrimmage
at Memorial Stadium.
_ Between 15 and 20 players — in
cluding three of NU’s top four offen
sive linemen — did not play in the
scrimmage, NU Coach Tom Osborne
The practice was cut from 130
plays to 100 because of the number of
An unhealthy offensive line has
affected the timing and execution of
the entire offense, Osborne said.
“The offensive line has had pretty
significant problems this year,”
Osborne said. “It makes for a lack of
coordination and a lack of experience.”
Senior right guard Jon Zatechka
left practice with a hip pointer, becom
ing die sixth injured offensive lineman.
Senior center Aaron Taylor, senior
guard Eric Anderson, junior center
Josh Heskew, sophomore tackle Jeff
Clausen and sophomore tackle Adam
Julch also missed the scrimmage.
“We had too many turnovers and
too many mistakes,” Osborne said. “I
think some of that is due to the fact
that we have no
continuity in the
offensive line. We
just need to ex
Because of the
enced linemen are
ing time — which
could help NU ni
the fall, Osborne ”"™""
Matt Hosionson would probably
not have played center at all if Heskew
had not been hurt,” Osborne said. “I
feel real comfortable with Hoskinson
at center. Depth at center was a big
Osborne said the offense always
takes more time than the defense to gel.
“There’s no question that offensive
football takes timing, more practice
and more execution,” Osborne said. “I
think we’re going to have a good of
fense provided everybody recovers
from surgery and comes back in the
NU Receivers Coach Ron Brown
agreed. This year’s receiving corps,
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