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Class B boys state tennis, 10/13/17

Elkhorn South's Mason Meier hits to Holdrege's Spencer Anderson during their Class B No. 1 singles championship match Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Woods Tennis Center.

Mason Meier’s college tennis career at Nebraska proved to be short-lived.

The former three-time Class B boys state champion from Elkhorn South has transferred to Tennessee and will be immediately eligible for the Volunteers after spending his first semester with the Huskers. Tennessee is No. 19 in this season's first men's national rankings released Wednesday.

Meier was the cornerstone of former NU coach Kerry McDermott’s final recruiting class. Meier was a five-star recruit, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network, and a former No. 1-rated player in the five-state Missouri Valley section. He was as high as No. 22 nationally in the recruiting rankings for the class of 2018.

Meier, who also considered Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Baylor and Louisville out of high school, reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Boys 18 National Indoor tournament this past November.

Under first-year head coach Sean Maymi, the Huskers open the season this weekend at the Florida State Spring Invitational, taking on Florida Atlantic in their first match Saturday.

NU returns four starters from last year's 11-15 squad — senior No. 1 player Toby Boyer, juniors Micah Klousia and Chris Dean (a former Class A state champion from Papillion-La Vista South) and sophomore Isaac Nortey. Boyer, 26-14 last year, reached the ITA Central Regional singles finals in the fall.

Senior Linus Erhart and junior Dylan Bednarczyk, last year’s No. 2 and 3 players, were also slated to be back, but Bednarczyk transferred to Oklahoma State before Maymi was named the Husker coach last June and Erhart parted ways with the NU program later in the summer.

A pair of Lincoln Southwest graduates — fifth-year senior Jon Meyer and three-time Class A state champion, freshman Will Gleason — will be vying for playing time along with the Spanish brother combination of sophomore Alvaro Moreno Lozano (a transfer from Nebraska-Kearney) and freshman Victor Moreno Lozano.

NU’s first home match will be Jan. 30 against Missouri-Kansas City.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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