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June 6, 2013

2013 Summit League Review–How did UNO stack up in their first year?

UNO, in just their 2nd year of D1 transition and first year playing in a conference had what has to be considered a fantastic season. UNO got solid, if not fantastic starts from their soccer teams and ended the year watching the baseball team win the school’s first Summit League title. Here’s a breakdown of how the school’s teams did throughout the year in comparison to other schools.

Fall Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer Volleyball Men’s Cross Country Women’s Cross Country
Oakland 1st 1st T-3rd 4th 4th 2.6
South Dakota State N/A 5th T-5th 1st 3rd 3.5
North Dakota State N/A T-3rd T-5th T-6th 1st 3.75
Fort Wayne T-4th 2nd 2nd 8th 6th 4.4
South Dakota N/A 9th T-5th 2nd 2nd 4.5
IUPUI 6th 8th 1st 3rd 7th 5
Kansas City 2nd 6th T-3rd T-6th 9th 5.2
Western Illinois 3rd T-3rd 8th 5th 8th 5.4
Omaha T-4th 7th 9th N/A 5th 6.25

Winter Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Men’s Swimming and Diving Women’s Swimming and Diving Men’s Indoor Track and Field Women’s Indoor Track and Field
South Dakota State T-1st 1st 2nd 4th 4th 5th 2.8
North Dakota State 3rd 7th N/A N/A 2nd 1st 3.25
IUPUI 9th 2nd 3rd 2nd N/A N/A 4
Omaha 6th T-5th N/A 3rd N/A 2nd 4
South Dakota T-7th 3rd 6th 5th 1st 3rd 4.2
Oakland 4th 9th 1st 1st 6th 6th 4.5
Western Illinois T-1st T-5th 5th 7th 5th 7th 5
Kansas City T-7th 8th N/A N/A 3rd 4th 5.5
Fort Wayne 5th 4th N/A N/A N/A 8th 5.7

Spring Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Baseball Softball Men’s Tennis Women’s Tennis Men’s Golf Women’s Golf Men’s Outdoor T&F Women’s Outdoor T&F
NDSU 4th 1st N/A N/A 5th 1st 1st 1st 2.2
Kansas City N/A 5th 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 5th 2.9
South Dakota N/A 4th N/A 4th 2nd 9th 2nd 2nd 3.8
SDSU 2nd 8th 2nd 3rd 3rd 7th 3rd 4th 4
Omaha 1st 2nd 6th 6th 8th 4th N/A 3rd 4.3
Fort Wayne 6th 3rd 3rd 1st 9th 8th N/A 8th 5.4
Western Illinois 5th 6th 4th 8th 4th 5th 5th 7th 5.5
Oakland 3rd 9th N/A 5th 6th 6th 6th 6th 5.9
IUPUI N/A 7th 5th 7th 7th 3rd 7th 9th 6.4

Overall Averages

School Fall  Average Fall Sports Winter Average Winter Sports Spring Average Spring Sports Total Sports Average Finish
NDSU 3.75 4 3.25 4 2.2 6 14 2.93
SDSU 3.5 4 2.8 6 4 8 18 3.5
South Dakota 4.5 4 4.2 6 3.8 6 16 4.13
Kansas City 5.2 5 5.5 4 2.9 7 16 4.25
Oakland 2.6 5 4.5 6 5.9 7 18 4.5
Omaha 6.25 4 4 4 4.3 7 15 4.73
Fort Wayne 4.4 5 5.7 3 5.4 7 15 5.13
Western Illinois 5.4 5 5 6 5.5 8 19 5.32
IUPUI 5 5 4 4 6.4 7 16 5.38

The tale of the tape is kind of interesting here. Knowing that Kansas City and Oakland won’t be around next year of the remaining seven schools you can see where the balance of power definitely is, the Dakotas. North Dakota State seems to be the premier program in the league right now with South Dakota State their closest competitor. It’s a bit of a further drop to South Dakota who was never spectacular as their best average was only 3.8 in the spring. they were however consistent with their worst average being only 4.5 in the fall.

Omaha has to feel fairly good about how their first year went. They were a bit off the pace in the fall as their 6.25 average was the 2nd worst of any school for any season (IUPUI had a 6.4 average in the spring) but they were much stronger in the winter and the spring as they got their season long average down to 4.73.

Historical Comparison

I wondered how UNO stacked up compared to the last few schools to move into the Summit. Now one thing to note here is that Fort Wayne began their transition in 2001, NDSU and SDSU began in 2004, and South Dakota began in 2008. None of the schools went through the kind of transition UNO is dealing with where they will spend 3 years competing in the Summit League while not being eligible for the postseason. All were able to build their programs much more before their first Summit competition. So how does UNO stack up in terms of average finish?

School Fall  Average Fall Sports Winter Average Winter Sports Spring Average Spring Sports Total Sports Average Finish
NDSU 2007-08 4.75 4 2.25 4 3.8 6 14 3.64
SDSU 2007-08 2.75 4 4.5 6 4.8 8 18 4.22
Omaha 2012-13 6.25 4 4 4 4.3 7 15 4.73
South Dakota 2011-12 6.25 4 4 6 5.3 6 16 5.06
Fort Wayne 2007-08 5.6 5 6 3 5.9 7 15 5.8

Few things of note… the Summit League was only 9 teams this year as opposed to 10 last year and 10 in 2007-08. Was that an advantage to Omaha? Probably slightly. But in that 2007-08 season there were only 7 returning members as three new members joined. So that was certainly an advantage for NDSU, SDSU and Fort Wayne.

NDSU had an amazing first year in the Summit and were extremely competitive. They stand out from the pack in this table. I think the case could be made though that Omaha’s season was the 2nd best of these five. Yes they were a half spot worse on average than SDSU five years ago, but that season for SDSU came in their last season of transition as opposed to Omaha’s second. I think this seems to show the future is very bright for UNO.

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February 25, 2013

2013 Omaha Men’s Tennis – Match #7 Recap – North Dakota

Filed under: Men's Tennis,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps — Jon Green @ 9:30 am

Omaha dropped a match on Friday night to North Dakota, 5-2. The Mavericks got the doubles point thanks to victories by Matt Frost/Connor Larson and Eric McKnight/Erik Anderson but were only able to secure one singles point. Conner Tieszen got that point for the Mavericks with a 6-4, 6-7, 10-6 victory at #1 singles.

Omaha fell to 2-3 while North Dakota got their first win to improve to 1-2 on the year. North Dakota had lost to Western Illinois previous 4-3. Omaha had lost 5-2 so it would seem North Dakota is a bit stronger than the Mavericks.

#1 Singles: Conner Tieszen was once again the selection at #1 singles and he got Omaha’s only singles win, 6-4, 6-7, 10-6.

#2 Singles: Eric McKnight stayed at #2 singles and lost 6-1, 6-1

#3 Singles: Connor Larson was at #3 singles for the 2nd straight match and lost 7-6, 6-0.

#4 Singles: Carlos Ramos Salazar stayed at #4 singles for the 2nd straight match and lost 6-4, 6-4.

#5 Singles: Matt Frost was back at #5 singles for the first time since the Spring opening match with Arkansas. He was beaten 6-4, 6-4.

#6 Singles: Erik Anderson took part in his first singles match, losing his #6 singles match 6-3, 6-4.

#1 Doubles: Conner Tieszen/Carlos Ramos Salazar partnered at #1 doubles for the second straight match. They won 8-3.

#2 Doubles: Eric McKnight/ErikAnderson competed in #2 doubles for the first time, the first doubles match of the year for Anderson. They won 8-6.

#3 Doubles: Matt Frost/Connor Larson paired up for the first time since the Arkansas match, winning #3 doubles 8-3.

Upcoming opponent:
Omaha hosts Oral Roberts next on Saturday March 9th at 2 PM. It’s the final home match for Omaha in this opening stretch. Oral Roberts is 0-6 on the year. They lost 5-2 to Western Illinois in a home match and lost at Arkansas 6-1. So they might be a tad better than Omaha but it should be a competitive match.

February 9, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Tennis – Match #6 Recap – William Jewell

Filed under: Men's Tennis,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps — Jon Green @ 4:26 am

Omaha didn’t struggle much with William Jewell as the Mavericks saw four singles players win in straight sets and a 5th win after their opponent was injured. Omaha did see a loss a Conner Tieszen lost his #1 singles matchup with Shane Giannetti (4-6, 6-2, 9-11) and did drop a doubles match as Peter Greteman/Eric McKnight lost their #3 doubles match 8-5.

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.

Connor Larson moved up to the #3 single spot while Carlos Ramos Salazar slid down to #4. Larson won his match 6-3, 7-6 while Ramos Salazar won his 7-5, 7-5.

Eric McKnight stayed in the #2 singles spot where he won 6-3, 6-3 while John Ellis stayed at #5 and won 6-3, 6-3. The final singles match saw Matt Frost get a 3-2 victory when his opponent withdrew due to injury.

The Mavericks shuffled things up in the doubles side. Greteman/McKnight slid down to the #3 doubles slot from #1 and as mentioned earlier they were defeated 8-5. Conner Tieszen and Carlos Ramos Salazar moved up to #1 from #2 and got a tight 8-7 victory. Finally John Ellis and Matt Frost moved up to the #2 from #3 and they won 8-5.

Omaha’s next matchup is with North Dakota at home on Friday the 22nd at 6 PM. North Dakota hasn’t had a tennis match yet this year but will be playing two next weekend in Des Moines. One with Drake and one with Western Illinois.

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.

January 19, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Tennis – Match #3 Preview – Arkansas

Filed under: Men's Tennis,Omaha Mavericks,Previews — Jon Green @ 3:06 pm

Omaha gets their 2013 tennis schedule underway on Sunday against Arkansas. Omaha will be taking on the Razorbacks at home at the Hanscom Brandeis Tennis Center at 11 am. Omaha is in 5th season of existence and 2nd at the Division one level. Last year Omaha went 6-13 with the only Division 1 win over Western Illinois.

The Mavericks have a nice schedule this year with Arkansas, Western Illinois, North Dakota, Oral Roberts, Creighton, Kansas City, South Dakota State, and Bradley all playing at Omaha. The Mavericks will be challenged as the schedule is full of Division 1 opposition (the only non-D1 opponent is Nebraska Wesleyan on February 2nd).

A college tennis match like this consists of six singles matches (three sets) and three doubles matches (one set).

It’s a little unclear who the Mavericks will use in each singles spot since we haven’t seen any matches this year. There were two events in the fall that might help us though.  In the SIUE Fall Invitational Omaha used the following lineup…

Singles:
#1 – Conner Tieszen
#2 – Eric McKnight
#3 – Carols Ramos Salazar
#4 – John Ellis/Matt Frost/Dobby O’Donnel
#5 – Connor Larson
#6 – Matt Frost
#7 – Dobby O’Donnel
#8 – Peter Greteman

Doubles:
#1 – Frost/Ramos Salzar
#2 – McKnight/Ellis
#3 – Tieszen/Dobby O’Donnel
#4 – Larson/Greteman

Then in the Omaha Intercollegiate Invitational Omaha used the following…

Singles:
Flight A – Conner Tieszen
Flight B – John Ellis/Eric McKnight
Flight C – Matt Frost/Connor Larson
Flight D – Dobby O’Donnel
Flight E – Nate Greteman/Erik Anderson/Pete Greteman

Doubles:
Flight A – Matt Frost/Conner Tieszen
Flight B – John Ellis/Eric McKnight and Peter Greteman/Dobby O’Donnel
Flight C – Erik Anderson/Nathan Greteman

So here’s a guess at the matchups we’ll see tomorrow.
Singles:
#1 – Conner Tieszen
#2 – Eric McKnight
#3 – Carols Ramos Salazar
#4 – John Ellis
#5 – Connor Larson
#6 – Matt Frost

Doubles:
#1 – Frost/Ramos Salazar
#2 – Ellis/McKnight
#3 – Tieszen/Dobby O’Donnel

Arkansas will be facing South Dakota State right afterwards, a double header for the Razorbacks. They play a lot more matches than Omaha and are ranked 56th as a team.  Not really sure what to expect lineup wise so early in the season and I’m not going to bother speculating at all.

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