University of Nebraska rising senior Toby Boyer recently finished up his third year of playing for the Scarlet and Cream and with his final season just around the corner we wanted to get to know a little more about the Ham Lake, Minnesota, native. This past season Boyer anchored the Huskers' lineup for the second season in a row while winning 26 singles matches which was the fourth most single-season wins in program history. Boyer has played No. 1 doubles in each of his three seasons in Lincoln which included playing with his older brother, Dusty, in the 2015-16 season. Boyer has also excelled off the court being named to the Nebraska Scholar Athlete Honor Roll on three occasions plus being a two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
CTT: You played a lot of sports growing up - how did you decide on tennis?
TB: I remember at one point Dusty and I were in 5 sports each at the same time. Basketball, baseball, tennis, gymnastics and soccer. Our parents threw us in everything and basically said we could pick whatever we liked. My dad homeschooled Dusty and I, and spent every day working with us in basketball, baseball and tennis. Baseball was our best sport no doubt. It’s pretty crazy I had to pick between baseball and tennis at the age of 13 as they were the same high school season. I chose tennis probably because Dusty did as well. My mom played college softball and basketball for North Dakota State and basketball for University of North Dakota. My dad played some small college tennis but both of my parents are basketball junkies to the fullest so it’s kind of crazy we came out with tennis. Most of the time growing up I was tagging along and watching Dusty go through it all. My dad worked him so hard in these sports to make him into the athlete he is. I was content watching him get worked into the ground and learning from his success and mistakes.
Clemson lost the regular season meeting against Louisville at home by a 5-2 score though none of the singles matches were repeats this time around. Louisville won the doubles point last time with Clemson taking it this time. Clemson got wins from Alejandro Augusto, Luke Johnson, and Hampton Drake with the freshman from Hilton Head providing the clincher at #6 singles by taking the 3rd set 6-0. Below are some interviews from Clemson's youtube:
The box score that Clemson posted actually showed Louisville winning 4-3 with Drake losing the last set 6-0 instead of winning - sounds like they were in disbelief too!
"Clemson got off to a great start with winning doubles and leading all six of the singles courts," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "It looked like we were too deep into a hole being down 0-2, but that is when we made a gutsy surge. Albert, Sebastian, and Van all regained control of extremely close matches to put us into the lead. But they played a little better than us and finished well in the two remaining courts. Those played with poise and avenged our 5-2 win against them at Clemson."
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 23rd. For more details about UTR check out their website.
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,5,1,2,6)
Georgia Tech avenged a 6-1 regular season loss at Notre Dame even though 5 of the 6 singles matches were repeats. Notre Dame won the doubles point in the first match but Georgia Tech got the point this time around with wins at 1 and 2. The biggest turnaround was at #5 as GT's Cole Fiegel smacked Billy Pecor 6-1, 6-0 after Pecor won the first meeting 7-5, 6-1. Michael Kay clinched the win at #4 singles with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Alex Lawson though if Kay didn't clinch Benito was right there at #2 and Rakitt was up a set and a break at #3.
Note: GT recap showed Eric Schnurrenberger playing #6 for ND though ND's recap showed Kenneth Sabacinski. The ACC's live scoring showed Sabacinski too however it also showed Nicolas Alvarez playing at #1 for Duke (he sat out) and Esben Hess-Olesen playing at #5 for UNC (sat out too).
Georgia Tech recap
Here's sound from @jkennyt following #GT_MTEN victory over Notre Dame at #ACCMTEN http://t.co/tAHpnVYZZXNotre Dame recap
GT Men's Tennis (@GT_MTEN) April 23, 2015
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6,4)
The match of the day at the ACC Tournament was this one between Florida State and NC State. NC State looked good early on in doubles after jumping out to leads on all 3 courts - 4-2 on 1, 7-4 on 2, and 5-3 on 3. NC State's #2 team won 8-5 and its #3 team served for the match up 7-6 but Florida State wouldn't go away. FSU's #3 team of the Whitehurst brothers broke back to force the tiebreak then won it 7-3 in the TB. FSU's #1 team won the final 2 points of the tiebreak to win that court 7-5.
NC State came out strong in singles and took the opening set on 5 of 6 courts however they'd be unable to finish them out because Florida State would win 3rd set tiebreaks at 3, 4, and 5 with Cristian Mendez clinching the come from behind win at #3 - Mendez was down a break at 4-3 in the 3rd before breaking back. Terrell Whitehurst came back from 5-2 down in his 3rd set tiebreak at #5 to win 7-5. Florida's State #1 Benjamin Lock also had a match point at the time of the clinch.
Both teams played without singles starters - FSU's #3 Marco Nunez and NCST's #2 Simon Norenius both didn't play. Norenius retired in his match against Notre Dame last weekend with an injury while Nunez played twice last weekend but only won 3 games. I'm not sure if Nunez was injured and that's why he played poorly last week or if he was held out for different reasons.
"It's one of those matches where nothing came easy for either team, head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "We used tiebreak wins on five courts today. Because we played them a few weeks ago, I felt we were at a disadvantage having to come back up to their turf and play again and deal with the revenge factor, but we toughed it out and got the win.
NC State recap
So close, yet so far away - that's how Oregon has to feel after todays match. The Ducks jumped on Cal early by taking the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 and then took 4 opening sets in singles. Cormac Clissold was the only Duck to finish in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-2 win at #5, which put Oregon up 2-0, but then Billy Griffith put Cal on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #6. The 4 other singles matches would each go the distance with the person losing the 1st set winning in the end. There were so many twists and turns in each match along the way that it got tough to keep track of.
Cal's Andre Goransson would even the match at 2-2 with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win at #1 singles over Daan Maasland. Goransson sprinted out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set and served for the match but Maasland would break, hold, and break again to even the match up at 5-5. Goransson would then break back and serve it out to finally secure the win.
Cal's Oskar Wikberg would put Cal ahead 3-2 when he completed his comeback at #4 singles with a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over Jayson Amos. It looked like Amos was going to finish off Wikberg in straight sets when he led 6-3, 5-3 but Wikberg held for 4-5, broke Amos serving for the match to even it at 5, then held serve for 6-5. If I remember correctly Amos had at least 1 match point on the 5-4 serve game. Amos would then come back from 0-40 down to hold and send it to a tiebreak but Wikberg would take the final 2 points of the TB to take it 7-5 and send the match to a 3rd set. Wikberg broke Amos to go up 2-1 in the 3rd but Amos would break right back and then hold to go up 3-2. After 3 straight holds, Wikberg would break Amos to go up 5-4 and then he'd serve it out to put that 3rd point on the board.
Oregon's Daniel Sardu would tie it up at 3-3 with a come from behind 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5) win over Filip Bergevi at #2 singles. It looked like Bergevi would close this one out in straight sets when he led 6-2, 5-4 but Sardu fought off a slew of match points to hold for 5-5 and would ultimately push the 2nd set to a tiebreak. Bergevi led 6-5 in the tiebreak but Sardu would take the final 3 points to take it 8-6. Sardu jumped out a 5-2 lead in the 3rd before Bergevi charged back to tie it at 5-5. Each would hold 1 more time to send it a tiebreak then Sardu got the early mini-break and held on to take it 7-5.
The final remaining court left was at #3 singles as Cal's Greg Bayane opened up a 4-0 lead in the 3rd over Oregon's Simon Stevens. Before we proceed forward lets go back to the 2nd set where it looked like Stevens was going to close out Bayane in straights after leading 6-4, 5-3. Bayane held for 4-5 then would break Stevens in a lengthy service game that had at least 5 deuces with Stevens having at least 2 match points (may have been 3). Bayane held for 6-5 then Stevens held to send it a tiebreak but the TB was all Bayane as he cruised 7-2. Jumping back to where we started, after Bayane held for 4-0 Stevens would finally snap out of his slump and hold for 1-4. Bayane quickly held for 5-1 and then had 2 match points on the Stevens' serve before Stevens held for 2-5. Bayane went up 40-15 on his 5-2 service game but Stevens got it back to deuce. Bayane got the next point to give himself another match point but then Stevens would take the next 3 points to break for 3-5. Stevens would then go down 30-40 on his service game but would fight back to hold for 4-5. It just seemed like this one was heading for a dramatic 3rd set tiebreak but Bayane finally righted the ship and would hold from 40-15 to propel Cal into Friday's semifinals against rival Stanford.
April 23, 2015 - Ojai, CA (Libbey Park)
Another candidate for match of the day came in the Big Ten as Nebraska came back from 3-1 down to defeat Michigan State 4-3. Nebraska won the doubles point going away but Michigan State picked up straight set wins from Brett Forman, Jasper Koenen, and Michael Dube at 2, 5, and 6 to take the 3-1 lead. Michigan State's Harry Jadun was also up a set on #3 but Nebraska's Marc Hermann rallied back and won 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Nebraska also picked up a win at #4 as Andrew Dzulynsky beat Mac Roy 7-6, 6-4. With the match tied at 3-3 it all came down to #1 between Nebraska's Dusty Boyer and Michigan State's Gijs Linders. Boyer took the first set 7-6 but Linders broke Boyer to go up 6-5 in the second then served it out to even the match at a set a piece. Linders opened up a double break lead in the 3rd and was serving up 3-0 before Boyer regained his footing and started the comeback. Boyer would go ahead 6-5 then break Linders to take it 7-5 in the 3rd and send Nebraska onto the quarterfinals.
Michigan State recap
 Nebraska 4,  Michigan State 3
Michigan jumped out to the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point but Penn State went ahead 2-1 with wins from Leo Stakhovsky and Roman Trkulja at 1 and 5. Michigan's Alex Knight evened the match at 2 with an easy win at 3 and then Kevin Wong would come back from a set down to win 12 of the final 13 games to put the Wolverines ahead 3-2. While Penn State's Matt Barry fought hard to force a 3rd set at #3, Michigan's Runhao Hua would pull away down the stretch at #2 and would end up clinching the match by winning 6-1 in the 3rd.
Penn State recap
"A very difficult loss but Michigan just outplayed us today," said Tobin. "We have to give them credit when it's due. We had opportunities across the board, but we were not able to hang on to our leads."
Utah State recap
No. 7 Nevada will play the winner of No. 3 SDSU/No. 6 UNLV on Sat., April 25
Boise State has picked the right time to start playing better and as a result they've now won 3 straight after avenging a loss 4-3 from last Saturday by defeating #69 Fresno State 4-0. Boise State took the doubles point by picking up wins at 1 and 3 then the Broncos got singles wins from Garrett Patton, Thomas Tenreiro, and Abe Hewko at 1, 2, and 6.
Boise State recap
Fresno State recap
 Boise State (13-15) 4, #69  Fresno State (16-10)
FSU's Aziz Dougaz and Michael Rinaldi were first off the court at No. 2 doubles as they defeated UNC's Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray 6-1. UNC's Andrew Gores and Ronnie Schneider won 6-3 at No. 3 over Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst but FSU took the doubles point when Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez defeated Brett Clark and Robert Kelly 6-4 at No. 1.
Each team took three opening sets in singles but only three of the six matches would finish in straight sets. UNC's Brett Clark put the Tar Heels on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Michael Rinaldi at No. 3 and Robert Kelly put them ahead with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Jose Gracia at No. 5. Florida State freshman Aziz Dougaz tied it up at 2-2 with a 6-1, 7-6 win over Jack Murray at No 4 but all the remaining matches would go to a third set.
Florida State senior Benjamin Lock put the Noles back ahead with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 over Brayden Schnur at No. 1. Lock broke Schnur's 3-4 service game in the third set then served it out for the win.
Florida State senior Marco Nunez picked up the biggest win of his collegiate career when he clinched the upset win with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Ronnie Schneider at No. 2. Nunez jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set but Schneider held, broke, and held to pull within 4-3. Nunez held on the deciding point for 5-3 then broke Schneider from 30-40 to seal it. Check out FSU's highlight package which includes a few interviews and then another angle of match point below:
Two weeks ago Arkansas made a big statement when it beat Oklahoma and today it took it up a notch when it beat the two-time defending SEC Champions No. 7 Texas A&M 5-2. What made the win as improbable was the fact that Arkansas hadn't beaten Texas A&M since 1995 and had been shutout in the three previous SEC meetings.
Texas A&M took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but the Razorbacks turned it around in singles and took five opening sets.
Santiago Munoz put the Hogs on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jordi Arconada at No. 3 but A&M's Jackson Withrow answered with a 7-6, 6-4 win at No. 6 over Johan den Toom.
|Jose Salazar (Pic Via Arkansas)|
Jose Salazar clinched the win at No. 2 with a 7-6, 7-5 win over Shane Vinsant and Giammarco Micolani closed out the evening with a 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 win over Harrison Adams.
I haven't seen any quotes from Arkansas but I'll post them if I see some.
Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"The important part of the whole win was that we were still willing to compete when we lost the doubles point, Andy Jackson explained. "We played a little bit better than we did against Kentucky when the match got close to winning time. I'm very proud of the team and I'm looking to another SEC match on Sunday.
Clemson picked up its biggest win of the year when it knocked off No. 38 Notre Dame 4-3. The Tigers took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then claimed four first sets in singles.
Clemson's Alex Favrot and Luke Johnson won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 2 while Notre Dame got straight set wins from Josh Hagar and Grayson Broadus at No. 3 and No. 4. Clemson's Christian Harris clinched the win at No. 6 with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over Nicolas Montoya.
Notre Dame's top singles player, Quentin Monaghan, sat out the singles portion for the third consecutive match due to what I'm guessing must be some kind of an injury.
#Clemson wins!!! Christian clinches the match for the Tigers on court six!! #GoToWork pic.twitter.com/nrtd0hNx81Clemson Men's Tennis (@ClemsonMTennis) March 11, 2016
Nebraska and No. 47 Iowa opened up Big Ten play tonight with the Huskers going on the road and getting the 4-3 win. Iowa took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but Nebraska took four opening sets in singles.
|Andrew Dzulynsky (Pic Nate Olsen/Nebraska)|
Nebraska's Bradford Zitsch tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Jake Jacoby at No. 6 and a short while later Andrew Dzulynsky clinched it with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Robin Haden at No. 5.
San Diego State hadn't won a match in over a month but they made up for lost time with a 5-2 win over No. 70 Penn. The Quakers took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 2 in a tiebreak but the Aztecs really took over in singles.
SDSU won at the top four spots in pretty routine fashion while Marko Goles-Babic dropped his opening set at No. 5 before winning the final two sets 6-1, 6-1. Penn picked up a point at No. 6 when Blaine Willenborg won a third set supertiebreak over Cornelius Kolb.
Other Friday results:
#23 Penn State def. #65 UNC Wilmington 4-0 - PSU recap
#71 Utah State def. New Mexico State 4-1 - USU recap
#71 Utah State def. #58 Pacific 4-0 - USU recap
#63 New Mexico def. San Francisco 4-0 - UNM recap
#63 New Mexico def. Grand Canyon 4-0 - UNM recap
#66 Duke def. #74 Miami FL 5-2 - Duke recap
Troy def. #75 Florida Gulf Coast 4-2 - Troy recap
#67 East Tennessee State def. Central Florida 4-0 - ETSU recap
#54 Middle Tennessee State def. Florida Atlantic 5-2 - MTSU recap
#42 Georgia Tech def. Louisville 5-2 - GT recap
#9 Wake Forest def. Boston College 7-0 - WF recap
#25 Florida def. #64 Auburn 7-0 - UF recap (nice video)
#50 Alabama def. #72 Tennessee 5-2 - Bama recap
#22 Ole Miss def. #43 LSU 4-1 - OM recap
#36 Drake def. Brown 4-0 - DU recap
#35 Washington def. Gonzaga 5-2 - UW recap
Pepperdine won the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split first sets in singles. Pepperdine junior Stefan Menichella was off the court quickly with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 4 but Memphis countered with a 6-3, 6-2 win by sophomore Kai Lemke at No. 3.
Waves sophomore Lautaro Pane made it 3-1 by picking up a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over Ryan Peniston at No. 2 but Tigers sophomore Shakeel Manji answered with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Tom Hill at No. 6.
Waves sophomore Pedro Iamachkine clinched the team win with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Felix Rauch and the remaining match at No. 1 was abandoned with it tied at 3-3 in the third.
19 straight victories on the purple courts! Hear @RoditiTCUTennis talk about tonight's battle against Tulsa #GoFrogshttps://t.co/wkaXJqBYcOTCU Men's Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) March 16, 2016
Check out some @FrogVision highlights from yesterday's showdown with Tulsa!#TCUTennis #GoFrogshttps://t.co/VwcrAPh07VTCU Men's Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) March 16, 2016
Max wanted in on the fun, too! Here's the full interview with @RoditiTCUTennis. Check @TCUMensTennis for highlights!https://t.co/iNSSumNPZEFrogVision (@FrogVision) March 16, 2016
|Marc Herrmann (Pic Via Nebraska)|
|Connor Curry (Pic via Texas Tech)|
UCSB took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 then the Gauchos picked up straight set wins from Morgan Mays, Cody Rakela, and Teague Hamilton at 3, 5, and 6. UCSB was in control at No. 2 when it was abandoned due to the clinch while Irvine was up at No. 1 and No. 4 had just split sets.
(1) UC SANTA BARBARA 4, (4) UC IRVINE 0
The West Coast Conference Tournament got fired up in Claremont, California with both Pepperdine and Portland moving on to the semifinals.
Pepperdine dropped the doubles point to the No. 6 seed Loyola Marymount but the Waves rallied in singles and won all six first sets. Pepperdine got straight set wins from Guilherme Hadlich, Pedro Iamachkine, and Gabriel Sidney at 1, 3, and 6 and then Lautaro Pane clinched the win by defeating Cristobal Rivera in three sets at No. 2.
Pepperdine will face the No. 2 seed BYU in the semifinals - the Cougars won the regular season meeting in Provo 4-2.
In the battle of the P's it was Portland defeating Pacific 4-2. Pacific jumped out to a 2-0 lead by claiming the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then it got a straight set win from Sem Verbeek at No. 1 singles.
Portland took first sets on the other five courts and ended up getting straight set wins from Mathieu Garcia, Alex Wallace, Felix Fan, and Carlos Donat with Garcia clinching the match at No. 2.
Portland will face the No. 1 seed San Diego in the semifinals - USD won the regular season meeting in San Diego 4-0