Men's Tennis

Huskers Beat Notre Dame at ITA Kickoff

Lexington, Ky. - The Nebraska men’s tennis team (5-1) went 1-1 at the ITA Kickoff, as the Huskers defeated Notre Dame 4-1, on Saturday, but lost to Alabama 2-4 on Friday. 

The Big Red faced Alabama to start the ITA Kickoff Weekend, hosted by the University of Kentucky. Alabama ended the 2022-23 season at No. 49 in the ITA rankings. In doubles, No. 1 duo Anton Shepp and Nic Wiedenhorn had a clean 6-3 win over Enzo Aguiard and Zach Foster. Second to finish was Leo Linquet and Shunya Maruyama, falling on Court Three, 3-6. At No. 2 doubles, Calvin Mueller and Lars Johann took on No. 25 ranked Alabama duo Filip Planinsek and Andrii Zimnokh. Mueller and Johann kept the match tight, but fell in the tiebreak, 6(5)-7. UA took the doubles point.

In singles, Maruyama made quick work of Zach Foster, taking the No. 4 singles win 6-0, 6-3. Shepp upset Alabama’s #51 Enza Aguiard on Court Two, winning 7-5, 6-2.  In the No. 1 singles slot, Mueller took on #35 Filip Planinsek, and fell 5-7, 2-6. With the match tied 2-2, Johann was the next to finish on Court Three. Johann gave #76 Matias Ponce De Leon a run for his money, pushing their match to three sets and a set tiebreak, but ultimately lost 7-5, 3-6, 6(3)-7. Linquet was defeated by Andrii Zimnokh in the No. 5 singles slot, 6(4)-7, 3-6, giving Alabama its fourth point. Wiedenhorn’s match went unfinished on Court Six, leaving the score at 7-6(4), 4-4. Nebraska’s all-time record against Alabama fell to 1-2 after the 4-2 win from the Crimson Tide.

In the consolation matchup, NU took on Notre Dame. In doubles, Shepp and Wiedenhorn could not keep up with Notre Dame’s Sebastian Dominko and Jean-Marc Malkowski, dropping the match 1-6. On Court Two, Mueller and Johann defeated Evan Lee and Chase Thompson to tie the doubles point. No. 3 doubles duo Linquet and Mauryama secured the Huskers double point with a 7-5 win over Nil Giraldez and Yu Zhang.

Maruyama once again was the first singles win for the Big Red, defeating Jean-Marc Malkowski 6-2, 7-6(3) on Court Four. Next to finish was Mueller, falling to #65 Sebastian Dominko 6(4)-7, 4-6. No. 3 singles Johann defeated Giraldez 6-4, 7-5. On Court Two, Shepp defeated Thompson in three sets, taking the winning point for NU with his 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win. Linquet and Wiedenhorn left their matches unfinished on Courts Five and Six respectively.

In their first ever matchup, the Big Red beat the Fighting Irish 4-2, improving to 5-1 on the season, the best start since 2018.

Up next, the Huskers head to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor on Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. (CT). Stay tuned to the team’s social media and for updates and content. The rest of the 2023-24 Nebraska Men’s Tennis Schedule can be found here.

Nebraska 2, Alabama 4

Singles competition
1. #35 Filip Planinsek (BAMA) def. Calvin Mueller (NEB) 7-5, 6-2
2. Anton Shepp (NEB) def. #51 Enzo Aguiard (BAMA) 7-5, 6-2
3. #76 Matias Ponce De Leon (BAMA) def. Lars Johann (NEB) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3)
4. Shunya Maruyama (NEB) def. Zach Foster (BAMA) 6-0, 6-3
5. Andrii Zimnokh (BAMA) def. Leo Linquet (NEB) 7-6(4), 6-3
6. Roan Jones (BAMA) vs. Nic Wiedenhorn (NEB) UF 6(4)-7, 4-4

Doubles competition
1. Anton Shepp and Nic Wiedenhorn (NEB) def. Enzo Aguiard and Zach Foster (BAMA) 6-3
2. #25 Filip Planinsek and Andrii Zimnokh (BAMA) def. Lars Johann and Calvin Mueller (NEB) 7-6(5)
3. Matic Dimic and Roan Jones (BAMA) def. Leo Linquet and Shunya Maruyama (NEB) 6-3

Nebraska 4, Notre Dame 1

Singles competition
1. #65 Sebastian Dominko (ND) def. Calvin Mueller (NEB) 7-6(4), 6-4
2. Anton Shepp (NEB) def. Chase Thompson (ND) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. Lars Johann (NEB) def. Nil Giraldez (ND) 6-4, 7-5
4. Shunya Maruyama (NEB) def. Jean-Marc Malkowski (ND) 6-2, 7-6(3)
5. Leo Linquet (NEB) vs. Yu Zhang (ND) UF 3-1
6. Nic Wiedenhorn (NEB) vs. Brian Bilsey (ND) UF 3-2

Doubles competition
1. Sebastian Dominko and Jean-Marc Marlkowski (ND) def. Anton Shepp and Nic Wiedenhorn (NEB) 6-1
2. Lars Johann and Calvin Mueller (NEB) def. Evan Lee and Chase Thompson (ND) 6-2
3. Leo Linquet and Shunya Maruyama (NEB) def. Nil Giraldez and Yu Zhang (ND) 7-5