Maverick Maniac's Musings

February 5, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Tennis – Matches #3, #4, #5 Recaps

Filed under: Men's Tennis,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps — Jon Green @ 11:57 pm

Maverick Men’s Tennis has only been playing for a few weeks but they’ve already gotten three matches in. The Mavericks dropped a 7-0 sweep to Arkansas before sweeping Nebraska Wesleyan 7-0 themselves. Finally they started Summit League play with a 5-2 loss to Western Illinois.

We’ll take a look at who UNO has been using at each spot and how they have been doing.

#1 Singles
Connor Tieszen is a freshman from Sioux Falls and has jumped right in at the #1 singles spot. Tieszen was the state champion in South Dakota. He lost 6-2, 6-1 against Arkansas, won 6-2, 6-2 against Nebraska Wesley and then won 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 against Western Illinois. Good start for Tieszen who could have a long career ahead of him as the top man in the Maverick tennis program.

#2 Singles
Eric McKnight, the junior out of Millard North, has been the #2 singles selection in all three matches so far this season. He redshirted last year but was 4-3 at #2 in 2010-11. McKnight lost 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 against Arkansas (the best showing of any Maverick) but won against Nebraska Wesleyan 6-4, 6-4 (ironically the worst of any Maverick) and against Western Illinois 6-2, 6-7 (8-10), 6-1.

#3 Singles
Carlos Ramos Salazar, a junior, has been at the #3 singles spot for the first three matches for Omaha. Carlos was 4-15 last year while playing mostly #1 for the Mavericks. He lost 6-1, 6-1 against Arkansas, won 6-1, 6-1 vs. Nebraska Wesleyan and lost 6-1, 6-0 against Western Illinois.

#4 Singles
Connor Larson, a sophomore who went 5-7 at #3 singles last year, has been the #4 singles player for UNO. Larson lost 6-1, 6-1 against Arkansas, won 6-1, 6-1 against Nebraska Wesleyan and lost 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 against Western Illinois.

#5 Singles
Matt Frost, a senior who redshirted last year but has formerly played #1 and #2 singles for UNO, was the #5 singles player against Arkansas. He lost 6-2, 6-2 in that spot. Against Nebraska Wesleyan they turned to freshman John Ellis. Ellis won the Iowa Class 1A state title last year and went 29-0. He was ranked 2nd in the state according to the Tennis Recruiting Network. Ellis won his match vs. Nebraska Wesleyan 6-2, 6-0 and lost against Western Illinois 6-3, 6-1.

#6 Singles
In the match against Arkansas UNO used Peter Greteman, a senior who went 2-2 as the #2 singles last year. Greteman lost the match 6-1, 6-1. They used Matt Frost against Nebraska Wesleyan where he won 6-1, 6-0 and against Western Illinois where he lost 6-0, 6-4.

#1 Doubles
Omaha has used the pairing of Eric McKnight and Peter Greteman at #1 doubles in each of their matches so far. They lost 8-4 against Arkansas, beat Nebraska Wesleyan 8-2, and lost to Western Illinois 8-6. Greteman played at #1 doubles with Ramos Salazar ten times last year going 4-6. McKnight had played at #2 doubles in 2010-11 going 7-6 there.

#2 Doubles
Carlos Ramos Salazar and Conner Tieszen have combined at #2 doubles all three times so far. They lost 8-4 to Arkansas, beat Nebraska Wesleyan 8-1, and lost to Western Illinois 8-3. Ramos Salzar went 8-10 last year at #1 doubles.

#3 Doubles
Matt Frost has been at #3 doubles in each match for UNO. He combined with Connor Larson in the first match, an 8-2 loss against Arkansas. In the 2nd and 3rd matches he combined with John Ellis. They beat Nebraska Wesleyan 8-2 and Western Illinois 8-3. Frost played #1 doubles in 2010-11 going 10-5 at the top spot. Connor Larson went 5-9 at #2 doubles last year.

UNO came close to beating Western Illinois in their most recent match. To earn the doubles point they needed to reverse the 8-6 loss in #1 doubles and win one more singles matchup (the closest being Connor Larson’s 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 loss at #4 singles). Just a few games away from a win. Omaha did win 4-3 over Western Illinois last year, their only D1 win so far.

Hopefully Omaha will get some more this year. It is encouraging to see the depth Omaha has developed as several players have been able to slide further down the pecking order than they played in the past. The addition of someone like Connor Tieszen, if he can reach his potential, could be a big thing for Omaha.

Omaha’s next match appears to be at home to William Jewell on Friday at noon. That match is scheduled to take place at Hanscom Brandeis Tennis Center. The Cardinals are a member of NCAA Division II located in Liberty, Missouri. They went 13-8 in men’s tennis last year but didn’t play any Division 1 teams.

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