A season ago Mike Saniuk took the reins as the head coach of the UNO men's tennis team and coached the Mavs to their best finish in three seasons of play. UNO men's tennis went 9-9 in 2010/2011, and made it as far as the semifinals of the MIAA conference tournament.
The UNO men's and women's tennis team swept Hastings on Saturday afternoon, and the women dropped a 6-1 decision at Sioux Falls Wednesday. The men won 4-3 on the strength of a strong start in doubles, and the women overwhelmed the Broncos 7-0.
Both the UNO men's and women's tennis teams earned victories over Nebraska-Wesleyan last Friday, dominating the Prairie Wolves by a combined score of 13-1. The Mavs won six doubles matches and all but one of 12 singles matches.
Men's tennis went from peaks to valleys in midweek action, sweeping Concordia 7-0 then facing defeat by the same margin in a 7-0 loss to Creighton. Wednesday the Mavs rolled, winning all singles and doubles matches en route to the sweep of Concordia. Less than 24 hours later the tables were turned, and it was Creighton getting the clean sweep against UNO.
The UNO women's tennis team is making dramatic improvements as it moves into its third season in the MIAA - the power conference in Division II tennis.
The UNO women's tennis team traveled to Kansas City Friday afternoon, dropping a morning matchup with UMKC 6-1 then rebounding to defeat Emporia State 6-3 in the afternoon. In the two matches, Mav doubles only picked up one win while singles were a combined 5-7.
The UNO men's tennis team split weekend action in Kansas City, falling to UMKC 7-0 Friday morning then dropping Emporia State 6-3 in the afternoon. Though the Mavs were unable to earn any points against UMKC, one of the Summit League's best squads, UNO quickly pushed the loss under the rug and went back on the court to sweep doubles and split singles against Emporia State.
One of the goals for head coach Mike Saniuk and the UNO tennis teams in 2012 was to get a win over a fellow Division I team. As the week began at Western Illinois, that goal was quickly slipping away.