Minnesota and Nebraska meet for the first time in 21 years as the squads square off in the Gophers' season opener on Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb.
The Gophers and Cornhuskers haven't played since a 4-3 Gophers' victory in 1989. The Gophers have won seven of the nine all-time meetings. Minnesota is ranked 31st in the first team rankings of the season, while Nebraska is ranked 65th. Saturday's match starts at 7 p.m.
The contest features five individually ranked players, including two Minnesota competitors. Tobias Wernet is ranked 55th in the country after posting a 7-5 record during the fall season, while Sebastian Gallego is ranked 67th following a 7-2 mark in the fall.
Nebraska is led by Christopher Aumueller, who is ranked 30th in the country. Calin Paar is ranked 75th nationally and Francois Van Impe is ranked 91st.
The Cornhuskers will be playing their fourth match of the season on Saturday, having already beaten Creighton 6-1 and Illinois State 7-0. Nebraska also hosts Radford on Friday. The Cornhuskers went 16-10 last season, but lost their last eight matches of the season.
Minnesota was 19-8 overall last season and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament with the greatest turnaround season in school history following a 7-17 mark in 2007-08. The Gophers return six players who won at least 19 matches last season.