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NU anxious to face Baylor
By Jay Saunders
The Nebraska men’s tennis team
enters the inaugural Big 12 Conference
Tournament with a lot of questions to
Such as, will Andrew Wiese be able
to make a full comeback from an ankle
injury? But mostly, what will it take for
the Huskers to accomplish their goal
of making their regional tournament?
Nebraska is the ninth seed of the
tournament which begins today in Aus
tin, Texas and will play the seventh
seed Baylor at 9 a jn.
NU did not know its first-round
opponent until Wednesday when Texas
Tech defeated Texas A&M to set up
NU’s matchup with the Bears.
Coach Kerry McDermott said NU
is ready to play anyone at this point of
“Our guys are just anxious to get
back into the win column,” McDermott
Baylor beat the Huskers 5-2 in a
dual this year in Lincoln. That match
was played indoors, which will not be
the case this weekend. All the matches
are scheduled to be played outdoors on
the UT campus.
“We are a much better outdoor
team,” McDermott said. “There is
more pressure on them than us. We
have nowhere to go but up.”
Focus has switched from the team’s
earlier goal of making the Region Five
Tournament to making a good show
ing at the Big 12 Tournament. A win
in the first round will help heal the
wounds of a rough season, McDermott
said, and will give NU an opportunity
to play No. 1-seed Texas.
“It would make our season to win
the first-round match,” McDermott
said. “Everyone is just excited to get i
into the Big 12 Tournament. Anything !
else after the first round would be ic- S
ing on the cake.”
The Huskers will be without the
services of two of their top six singles
Wiese is continuing to battle a nag- .
ging ankle injury that will limit him to I
only playing doubles. Wiese’s doubles ]
partner, Todd Nicholl, will not make
the trip to Austin because of disciplin
ary problems, McDermott said.
McDermott said sophomore
Roshan Fernando, Henrick Andersson
and Dino Tappara will compete for
spots in the singles lineup. No matter
what the lineup is, NU is ready to play..
“We are prepared as we ever will
be,” McDermott said. “There is excite
ment in the air.”
NU’s top player must
play through pain in
By Jay Saunders
One might think the Nebraska
women’s tennis team would be satis
fied after compiling its best regular
season record in 18 years.
But heading into the first-ever Big
12 Conference Tournament, the
Comhuskers are still looking to accom
plish even more.
NU, the sixth seed, will face 11th
seeded Iowa State in the first round at
1:30 p.m. today in Austin, Texas. The
Huskers earned the sixth seed after
compiling a 15-8 record. That is the
best regular-season record since 1979
when freshman Gina Pelazini was just
four months old.
“Any time you have a chance like
this it is great for your program,” NU
Coach Scott Jacobson said. “Hopefully
we can keep rolling and get stronger.”
The match against ISU seems on
paper to be a breeze for the Huskers.
Even though NU beat the Cyclones 9
0 in February, Jacobson said the Husk
ers can’t afford to overlook ISU.
“They are so much stronger than
their results show,” Jacobson said. “I
think the kids expect to come out on
top, but this is not a cakewalk.”
A win against Iowa State will give
NU a rematch with Texas A&M in the
second round. The Aggies dropped the
It would be great if
we can win two
NU women’s tennis coach
Huskers 7-2 in a dual at College Sta
tion also in February. A win against
A&M will not only help NU advance
in the tournament, but could also give
the Huskers a berth in the Region Five
“It would be great if we can win
two rounds,” Jacobson said. “I don’t
think the kids feel they have played
their best tennis yet. We can beat them
(A&M), but first we have to get
Before NU can get through any
body, the Huskers need to take a look
at the health of the team. Nebraska has
been healthy all season long, but it may
be without its top player at the most
important time of the season.
No. 1 singles player Sandra Noetzel
injured her groin muscle in a match last
weekend, Jacobson said, and her con
dition is day-to-day. Jacobson said he
has the feeling Noetzel will fight
through the pain to play.
“I am sure she will play in pain if
she has to,” Jacobson said. “She wants
to play, but if she is incapable of play
ing we won’t put her on the court.”
on the road
From Staff Reports
The Nebraska baseball team re
mained winless in true road games
this season, losing to Texas Tech 13
6 and 8-6 on Wednesday.
The first loss was a completion
of Tuesday’s suspended contest.
NU (22-28 overall and 4-14 in the
Big 12 Conference) trailed 11-6 in
the eighth before rain postponed
Tuesday night’s contest. The game
was completed Wednesday with
Tech (40-5 and 20-4) winning 13
In the nightcap before 4,000 fans
at Dan Law Field, Tech jumped on
NU starter Jay Sirianni (1-1), scor
ing seven runs in the first four in
The Huskers rallied in the top
of the seventh, sewing six runs —
the most scored in an inning against
the top-ranked Red Raiders this sea
son — to cut the deficit to 7-6. But
Tech scored once in the bottom of
the eighth and Brad Ralston came
in to earn his fifth save by striking
out two batters in the ninth.
Jonas Armenta pitched the final
five innings for NU, allowing just
one earned run on six hits. ,
In the first game, NU batters had
13 hits—including five extra-base
hits — but only scored six runs.
NU returns home from a six
game road trip with a six-game los
ing streak to play No. 15 Oklahoma
in a three-game series this weekend.
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