After picking up wins in each of their previous matches, UNO men's and women's tennis both lost last week at the Hanscom Brandeis Tennis Center. Both teams now face a tough road slate, which won't have them back in Omaha until March 29.
The men play one more in Omaha on March 9 against Oral Roberts, then hit the road for matches at Hilton Head, S.C. The women play their next three matches in Des Moines, three more after that in Kansas City, then join the men's team in South Carolina mid March.
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 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.
It will be months before Nebraska weather will allow any tennis outdoors, but on Sunday the UNO men's tennis team got their season underway indoors at the Hanscom Brandeis Tennis Center, and the women aren't far behind.
The men are coming off a season in which they finished 6-13. The ladies went 7-12 in 2011-12, but at one point were 3-11 before winning four of their last five matches.
It's a new season with many new opponents and many fresh faces, but the goals remain the same.
"Getting better, improving each day," Head Coach Mike Saniuk said. "Building better players to increase the program."
One of the goals set by Head Coach Mike Saniuk and the UNO men's and women's tennis teams was getting a win over a Division-I program. Both teams came up short Friday at Hanscom Park in a matchup with South Dakota State.