Nebraska track and field senior Burger Lambrechts Jr. was named the Big Ten Men's Field Athlete of the Year for the second straight year, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Lambrechts Jr. finished fourth in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend with a season-best throw of 67-0 1/2 (20.43m). He earned first-team All-America honors, the fourth All-America accolade of his career and the third time being on the first team. He also defended his Big Ten indoor shot put title when he won the conference championship on Feb. 25. He would have won the competition with five of his six throws.

The Pretoria, South Africa native ranks No. 2 in school history in the shot put. Last year, Lambrechts Jr. was the Big Ten Men's Field Athlete of the Championships and the Big Ten Men's Field Athlete of the Year, making him the first-ever Husker men's track and field athlete to achieve that honor. 

Huskers Down No. 48 UCF 4-3

Orlando, Fla. - The Nebraska men's tennis team (4-10, 0-0 Big Ten) knocked off the No. 48 UCF Knights (5-10, 0-0 AAC) 4-3 at the USTA National Campus on Wednesday night to give them their first ranked win of the season.

Doubles action kicked things off, as Nebraska won the point following a tiebreaker victory by Patrick Cacciatore and Calvin Mueller. Two weeks after a semifinal appearance at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, Victor Moreno Lozano and Nic Wiedenhorn fell in the No. 1 spot to UCF's Trey Hilderbrand and Bogdan Pavel, 6-1. In the No. 2 spot, Dario Huber and Shunya Maruyama rolled to a 6-4 victory. Cacciatore and Mueller brought home the doubles point for the Huskers as they battled back to take the tiebreak point after being down 3-0.

In singles action, Roni Hietaranta returned to the court to get his team-leading eighth win of the year, winning in the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 6-2. UCF gathered its first point of the match after Lleyton Cronje knocked off Mueller in the No. 1 spot to trim the lead to 2-1. Huber bested Hilderbrand, ranked No. 61 in the ITA singles rankings, to give the Huskers a 3-1 lead, after a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Rubio followed that up with a point for the Knights after winning in consecutive sets over Wiedenhorn, 6-1, 6-3. JC Roddick then continued the momentum for UCF as he tied the match at three after a victory over William Gleason.

Maruyama sealed the victory for the Huskers with a consecutive-set victory over Pavel, 7-6(5), 7-5. It's Nebraska's first ranked victory this season as they return home next week for the first time in a month.

Up next, the Huskers return home after a month to take on Oregon on Wednesday, March 23, in Lincoln, Neb. at 11 a.m. at the Dillon Tennis Center.

Wednesday, March 16 Results

Nebraska 4, No. 48 UCF 3

Singles Competition:
1. Lleyton Cronje (UCF) def. Calvin Mueller (NEB) 6-3, 6-2
2. Dario Huber (NEB) def. #61 Trey Hilderbrand (UCF) 6-4, 6-4
3. Shunya Maruyama (NEB) def. Bogdan Pavel (UCF) 7-6(5), 7-5
4. Alan Rubio (UCF) def. Nic Wiedenhorn (NEB) 6-1, 6-3
5. JC Roddick (UCF) def. William Gleason (NEB) 7-6(5), 6-3
6. Roni Hietaranta (NEB) def. Quinn Snyder (UCF) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles Competition:
1. Trey Hilderbrand/Bogdan Pavel (UCF) def. Victor Moreno Lozano/Nic Wiedenhorn (NEB) 6-1
2. Dario Huber/Shunya Maruyama (NEB) def. #60 Lleyton Cronje/Cooper White (UCF) 6-4
3. Patrick Cacciatore/Calvin Mueller (NEB) def. JC Roddick/Alan Rubio (UCF) 7-6(6)

Match Notes:
No. 48 UCF (5-10)
Nebraska (4-10)
Order of Finish: Doubles (1, 2, 3) Singles (6, 1, 2, 4, 5, 3)

Huskers Drop Matchup with Texas Tech

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska women's tennis team (7-5, 0-0 Big Ten) dropped its matchup against Texas Tech (8-6, 0-2 Big 12) 1-4 Wednesday morning at the Dillon Tennis Center. 

The Huskers started off strong in doubles competition as sophomores Isabel Adrover Gallego and Chloe Kuckelman battled Tech's Cristina Tigela and Margarita Skriabina and won 6-2. Also gaining a doubles win was Ellie Kuckelman and Samantha Alicea in the No. 3 spot as they defeated Metka Komac and Olivia Peet, 6-4. The No. 1 team of Kristina Novak and Maja Makoric finished doubles play with an unfinished match, 5-4. 
 
To start off singles play, Novak dropped a two-set battle to #20 Margarita Skriabin at No. 1, 6-3, 6-3. At No. 3, Adrover Gallego fell in two straight sets to Peet, 6-3, 6-2, and Makoric dropped her match at No. 4, 6-3, 6-0. Ellie Kuckelman and Chloe Kuckelman both ended the day with unfinished matches in the No. 5 and No. 2 spots. Freshman Jillian Roa battled at the No. 6 spot, but dropped a two-set match to Tigela, resulting in an overall win for the Red Raiders.

Up next, the Huskers will stay home and face the Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. CT. 

Texas Tech 4, Nebraska 1

Singles competition
1. #20 Margarita Skriabina (TTU) def. Kristina Novak (NEB) 6-3, 6-3
2. Chloe Kuckelman (NEB) vs. #70 Avelina Sayfetdinova (TTU) 4-6, 5-6, unfinished
3. Olivia Peet (TTU) def. Isabel A. Gallego (NEB) 6-3, 6-2
4. Metka Komac (TTU) def. Maja Makoric (NEB) 6-3, 6-0
5. Ellie Kuckelman (NEB) vs. Kailey Evans (TTU) 6-3, 6-5, unfinished
6. Cristina Tigela (TTU) def. Jillian Roa (NEB) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Kristina Novak/Maja Makoric (NEB) vs. Avelina Sayfetdinova/Kailey Evans (TTU) 5-4, unfinished
2. Chloe Kuckelman/Isabel A. Gallego (NEB) def. Cristina Tigela/Margarita Skriabina (TTU) 6-2
3. Ellie Kuckelman/Samantha Alicea (NEB) def. Metka Komac/Olivia Peet (TTU) 6-4

Match Notes:
Texas Tech 8-6; National ranking #41
Nebraska 7-5; National ranking #55
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,3,1,6)

Huskers Wrap Up Beach Season with California Swing

The Nebraska beach volleyball team will wrap up the 2022 beach season with six matches in California over the next three days.

On their way home from Hawaii, the Huskers will stop in Northridge, California to play Cal State Northridge and Concordia (Calif.) on Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (CT). Then on Friday, the Huskers will play Cal State Northridge again at 1 p.m. and The Master's University at 3 p.m. 

The Huskers finish the season with a doubleheader against St. John's River State College and Irvine Valley College at 10 a.m. (CT). 

Huskers Ready for Big Ten Championships

The Nebraska women's gymnastics team (6-10, 4-4 Big Ten) travel to Columbus, Ohio, for the Big Ten Championships this Saturday, March 19. The Huskers will compete in the afternoon session starting at 11 a.m. CT against No. 23 Iowa, Penn State, Rutgers, No. 19 Illinois and No. 20 Maryland. 
 
Last Time Out
NU is coming off of a fourth-place finish at the quad meet in Denver against No. 14 DU (196.800), No. 12 Oregon State (196.875) and No. 18 Arkansas (196.975). The Huskers finished with a 195.750.
 
Sophomore Kinsey Davis reached the podium after notching a 9.900 on beam to finish in third. Senior Kaitlyn Higgins also finished on the podium with a 9.875 on floor, tying for third.
 
Scouting the Competition
The Huskers will face the Hawkeyes and Terrapins for the second time after falling in close matchups to both teams. No. 23 Iowa are coming off of a loss to No. 10 California (197.900-196.175). No. 20 Maryland has won the last four meets including a 197.025 showing at a quad meet against George Washington, Penn and Bridgeport. 
 
Illinois and Nebraska met in a regular season dual at the Devaney Center when the Huskers claimed the 195.500-194.450. The Fighting Illini are coming off of a second place finish in a quad meet, falling to Missouri, but notching a 197.275.
 
NU will face Rutgers and Penn State in a rematch after tallying the win against the Knights and Nittany Lions at the Big Five meet. Rutgers (196.400) and Penn State (196.550) are both coming off wins to finish their regular season. 
 
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