Minnesota drops 4-2 decision in first round of NCAA tournament
Minnesota is playing in its fourth consecutive NCAA tournament
Gophers fall 4-3 in tournament quarterfinals
Minnesota rallied for a 4-3 win against the Hoosiers in the regular season
Toledo, Bonin named First Team All-Big Ten
Gopher tennis player Phillip Arndt is featured in this G:60.
Phillip Arndt Action Photos
2011-12 SENIOR SEASON: Finished fall season with a 7-5 record in singles and a ledger of 3-5 in doubles Reached Round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Central Regional Championships in Tulsa, Okla. (10/22-24) Went 3-1 at Gopher Invitational (11/3-6), including a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 28 Casey Watt of Notre Dame Played six of eight fall doubles matches with Leandro Toledo Went 3-3 with Toledo, including a run to the quarterfinals of the Central Regionals.
2010-11 JUNIOR SEASON: Finished the fall season with a 10-3 singles record Defeated Jeremy Langer for the second time in as many days to win the Big Ten Indoor singles consolation title (10/30) Defeated 61st-ranked Christopher Aumueller of Nebraska 6-4, 6-4 at the ITA Central Region Championships to cap a six-match winning streak (10/22) Had a 5-6 fall doubles ledger paired with three different teammates Teamed up with Sebastian Gallego to reach quarterfinals of the ITA Central Region Championships as the No. 28 pair in the country (10/22-23) was 11-7 in singles and 14-6 in doubles in the spring season Won four straight singles matches from Feb. 4-20 All but two wins came in straight sets Went 11-4 at the No. 4 and lost consecutive matches only once Competed at No. 1 doubles in all 20 matches he played in (was 2-2 with Brendan Ruddock while regular partner Sebastian Gallego was hurt) Was 12-4 in dual match play when partnered with Gallego Gopher tandem finished ranked 71st in the country by the ITA Won seven consecutive matches from Feb. 20 to April 2 Won an epic 9-8 (14) match to clinch a doubles competition win against Northwestern on 3/25 Played at the fourth position in all three of Minnesota's Big Ten tournament matches, but all three matches went unfinished due match completion Topped No. 47 Matt Allare of Ohio State in first set of his championship match before it was abandoned Lost Big Ten doubles tournament matches against No. 65 Billy Bertha and Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin in quarterfinals and No. 18 Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt of Ohio State in championship Had semifinal match against 45th-ranked Jeremy Langer and Santiago Gruter abandoned with an 8-7 deficit Lost at fourth singles in three sets to Fresno State's Francis Alcantara in the first round of the NCAA tournament Teamed with Sebastian Gallego to upset No. 15 Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers 8-4of Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
2009-10 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Posted a 17-13 overall record in singles matches competing at the fourth and fifth spot Went 20-14 in doubles matches Was 8-5 in three-set singles matches Won three matches at the Big Ten indoor championship (10/30-11/2) Posted two wins at the Harvard Invitational (10/9-11), including a three-set comeback over Alabama's Trey Walston by a 6-7,6-4, 6-0 score Compiled a 4-3 record in doubles with Michael Sicora, including two wins at the Big Ten indoors and two wins at Harvard Won six of final eight spring singles matches Went 6-4 in Big Ten play Played 22 of 25 spring doubles matches at the number one position with Sebastian Gallego Tandem held No. 27 national doubles ranking for two weeks Defeated 50th-ranked Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Kyle McMorrow of Washington (3/7) and 25th-ranked Bassam Beidas and Alex Llompart of Pepperdine (3/17) as part of a four match win streak Went 3-0 with Rok Bonin in the Big Ten Tournament (4/30) and NCAA Regional (5/14-15).
2008-09 FRESHMAN SEASON: Compiled a 19-11 singles record and a 13-12 doubles mark as a freshman Named team's Jerry Noyce Most Improved Player Opened the spring dual meet season with nine straight wins, finishing 12-7 in dual matches Also won 10 of his first 11 doubles matches in the spring with Ishay Hadash Went 4-2 in three-set matches and 3-2 in match tiebreakers Won three straight matches to qualify for the ITA Midwest Regional main draw (10/16-20), beating Eduardo Pavia of Ball State in the first round before losing to ninth-ranked Bryan Koniecko of Ohio State 6-2, 6-4 in the second round Advanced to the third round of the Big Ten Singles championship (10/31-11/2) before losing to Dino Bilankov in three sets Enjoyed a successful return to home state, sweeping No. 4 singles matches from Louisville (2/6) and Eastern Kentucky (2/7) Battled 21st-ranked Justin Kronauge of Ohio State to a second set tiebreaker in a 6-1, 7-6 (4) setback (3/29) Played No. 6 singles in both of the team's NCAA tournament matches (5/8-9) Joined Hadash for a No. 2 doubles victory in NCAA win over New Mexico (5/8).
PRIOR TO MINNESOTA: Attended Garrard County High School Head coaches were Mike and Jill Stevens Captured the Kentucky State closed tournament without losing a set in summer of 2007 Represented Kentucky in the Southern Junior Cup in September 2007 Also played in the USTA boys national championships in August 2007 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Three-time regional champion Reached finals of 2008 state high school singles tournament Won numerous sportsmanship awards Reached national singles ranking of No. 47 Ranked as high as No. 3 in south region Posted a 4.0 grade point average.
PERSONAL: Major is undeclared Son of Nicholas and Rhonda Arndt Born July 28, 1989.
Spec Places Second at Regionals
University of Minnesota’s Matic Spec fell in a hard fought finals match at the ITA Central Region Championships Monday.
Spec Plays Into Regional Finals
University of Minnesota’s Matic Spec advanced to the finals of the ITA Central Region Championships Sunday in Stillwater, Okla.
Spec Advances to Quarterfinals at Regionals
Minnesota student-athlete Matic Spec is advancing to the main singles draw quarterfinals at the ITA Central Region Championships after a victory Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.