The Minnesota men’s tennis team will look to extend its four-game winning streak on Saturday when it travels to No. 41 Nebraska. The 26th-ranked Gophers will play a dual match in Lincoln, Neb. for the second straight season after going 21 years without playing the Cornhuskers.
Last year, Minnesota opened its spring schedule by defeating Nebraska 4-3 on the road. The Gophers have won eight of 10 all-time matches between the schools. In last season’s season-opening victory, doubles duos Sebastian Gallego and Phillip Arndt and Tobias Wernet and Rok Bonin gave Minnesota the doubles point before Wernet and Julian Dehn put the Gophers up 3-1 with singles wins. The Huskers tied the match, but Gallego won a three-set thriller at No. 3 to clinch the win.
On Sunday, the Gophers opened Big Ten play by winning their fourth consecutive overall match with a 5-2 victory over Border Battle rival Wisconsin. The Badgers earned a hard-fought doubles point, but Minnesota took the overall win by winning the second through sixth singles positions with wins by Gallego (No. 2), Wernet (No. 3), Arndt (No. 4), Dehn (No. 6), and Brendan Ruddock (No. 5). Minnesota is now combined 14-1 at Nos. 4-6 singles this spring and hasn’t dropped a match at one of those positions since Jan. 28.
Nebraska is off to a 5-3 start this year and has a 2-3 record against ranked opponents. All three of the Huskers’ losses have come against opponents ranked in the top-30. Last Saturday, UNL played at home for the first time this season and recorded wins over Western Michigan and No. 59 Binghamton. Nebraska will host Creighton on Saturday night after they play the Gophers at 11 a.m.
Minnesota will return home next Friday when it hosts Drake the Baseline Tennis Center.