Hietaranta, Mueller Clinch Spot in Round of 8 at ITA Regionals

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As the third day of the ITA Regional Championships at the Billingsley Tennis Center in Arkansas came to a close,

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both Roni Hietaranta and Calvin Mueller moved on to the Round of 8. This is the second year in a row that the Huskers have sent a player to the Round of 8. Last year,

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when the event was held at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center, William Gleason did the same thing.

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After winning twice on Thursday and once on Friday, Mueller beat Carl Roothman of Oklahoma State 6-0, 6-1, to move on to tomorrow's Round of 8.

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The man from Bruchkoebl, Germany, won his fourth singles match of the tournament to lead his team.

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He will play Oklahoma State's Alejandro Garcia on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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Hietaranta will join Mueller in the Round of 8 along with his 6-4, 5-7, and 7-6 wins over Drake's Jeremy Schifris (2). The Lappeenranta,

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Finland native had a 22-win season with the Huskers a year ago. On Sunday at 12:30 p.m., he plays Nathan Han of the Oklahoma Sooners.

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Nebraska has won 12 singles matches at this tournament, which is the most wins they've had in fall competition this year.

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Every Husker who has played at least one match this season has won a singles match.

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In the first round of doubles play, all three teams won, including two tie-breaker wins to start the day.

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But all three teams came up just short in the second match, so the Huskers were taken out of the doubles draw.

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Hietaranta, Mueller Clinch Spot in Round of 8 at ITA Regionals

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