Minnesota travels to Stillwater, Okla. to take on the Cowboys at their new facility
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
Senior falls in three to No. 19 Andreas Mies
Gopher senior will begin individual competition tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
Bonin named MVP for second year in a row
Rok Bonin Action Photos
2012-13 SENIOR SEASON: Finished his Minnesota career with a 71-46 singles record and 73-37 doubles mark on the court With 73 wins, he ties for fifth on Minnesota's all-time career victories list Became the Gophers' sixth three-time All-Big Ten First Team recipient with a unanimous selection Tied for most singles wins on the team with a 25-12 season, playing mostly at the first position Went 17-7 in dual competition Posted a 9-2 mark in conference action to help the Maroon and Gold finish second in the Big Ten, the program's highest finish since 2000 3-5 against nationally-ranked opponents Posted a 19-11 overall doubles record Was 8-3 when partnered with Mathieu Froment and 9-8 when playing with Juan Pablo Ramirez Ranked as high as No. 36 and finished the season as the No. 53 player in the nation and the No. 5 player in the Central Region Selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship where he fell in the first round to Auburn's Andreas Mies Had notable wins against No. 102 Sam Monette (Indiana), No. 49 Anis Ghorbel (Drake), and No. 29 Max Wennakoski (VCU) Topped Tim Kopinski to help the Gophers win against then-No. 19 ranked Illinois (3/31) Finished fall 2012 season with 9-4 overall record Defeated powerhouse duo Anis Ghorbel/James McKie of Drake 8-6 in the Gopher Invitational (Nov. 1-4) Finished first in their flight of doubles at Gopher Invitational (Nov. 1-4) Represented Minnesota with and appearance in the ITA Central Region Championship and advanced to the round of 16 before losing to Alen Salibasic (Drake) Paired with Leandro Toledo in doubles and advanced to the quarterfinals Qualified for the ITA All-American Championships with a 3-0 run through the preliminaries.
2011-12 JUNIOR SEASON: Went 15-9 overall in singles (13-7 in dual matches and 2-2 in fall competition) Teamed with Julian Dehn to post an 18-6 overall record in doubles (15-4 in dual matches and 3-2 in fall play) Partnered with Dehn, as the 22nd-ranked doubles combination in the nation, to make a run to the semifinals at the ITA Central Regionals in the fall Limited in the fall because of an injury Played the majority of his dual matches at No. 1 singles and went 7-6 Was also 1-0 at second singles and 5-1 at third singles Went 6-5 in Big Ten singles play and 7-4 in conference doubles play en route to being named a unanimous selection First Team All-Big Ten Received the Phil Brain Memorial award as the team's most valuable player Lone win against ranked competition was a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory against No. 82 Anis Ghorbel of Drake at No. 1 singles Three of his four defeats against ranked competitors came against players in the top 10 in the nation Was 6-3 in matches that went three sets Ended the year ranked with Dehn in doubles Tandem was 13-4 at No. 1 doubles and 2-0 at the second position Duo went 3-2 against ranked competition, which included an 8-5 upset win against No. 15 Shaun Bernstein and Evan King of Michigan Was named to the Spring Academic All-Big Ten team.
2010-11 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Went 11-2 in fall singles play with both losses coming to ranked opponents Won singles title at Denver Pioneer Invitational by going 4-0 against opponents from Denver and New Mexico (9/24-26) Went 3-0 at Chowder Fest at Harvard University, taking down opponents from Harvard, South Carolina, and Notre Dame (10/1-3) Won three straight matches to reach semifinals of the Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic in Tampa, Fla., including a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 72 Christian Blocker of Florida (11/12) Had a cumulative 8-3 record (including eight wins in his last nine matches) in doubles play in the fall, teaming up with Tobias Werner, Philip Arndt, and Julian Dehn Won the Lakewood Ranch doubles title paired with Dehn, defeating Andrew Butz and Michael Alford of Florida 9-8 (3) in the final match (11/14) Went 10-11 in singles play and 14-6 in doubles First team All-Big Ten Played at No. 1 singles for 14 of 21 dual matches; played No. 2 in the rest Won seven of eight matches from 2/20 to 4/2 Beat 122nd-ranked Mauricio Ballivian of Drake in straight sets on 2/25 Decided 4-3 victory over No. 25 Miami with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8) win at No. 1 Took down Illinois' Roy Kalmanovich at No. 2 on 4/22 to clinch Minnesota's first victory over Illinois since 1996 Played at No. 2 doubles in all but one match for the Gophers, going 10-0 in Big Ten play (6-0 with Julian Dehn and 4-0 with Tobias Wernet) Had a dominating 8-1 doubles record when paired with Dehn (finished season ranked No. 76) Won final eight doubles matches overall, including two wins over ranked opponents With Dehn, topped 66th-ranked Chase Buchanan and Shuhei Uzawa of Ohio State 8-4 on 4/17, becoming one of three Big Ten doubles duos to beat an OSU doubles team this season Played No. 2 position at Big Ten tournament Secured quarterfinal win over Wisconsin with a straight-set win over Billy Bertha Had semifinal match against Indiana abandoned due to match decision and lost to third-ranked Blaz Rola of Ohio State in the championship in two sets Won doubles matches against Wisconsin 8-5 (quarterfinals) and Indiana 8-6 (semifinals) before having championship rematch against Buchanan and Uzawa abandoned Upset No. 108 Remi Boutillier of Fresno State in straight sets in the first round of the NCAA tournament Match at second singles with Julian Dehn against Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA tournament was abandoned.
2009-10 FRESHMAN SEASON: Did not compete in fall season Went 11-13 in singles matches, seeing action in each of the top four flights 5-3 in three-set matches with all five wins coming consecutively from 3/17 to 4/2 Won ten of 12 singles matches overall from 2/5 to 4/2 Went 14-11 in doubles, going 11-11 with Tobias Wernet Duo won six straight matches from 2/5 to 3/5, starting with an 8-5 win over No. 33 Alejandro Calligari and Robert Hall of Louisville Went 3-0 with Phillip Arndt in the Big Ten Tournament (4/30) and NCAA Regional (5/14-15).
PRIOR TO MINNESOTA: Attended Gimnazija Koper National junior champion in both singles and doubles in Slovenia Twice runner-up in singles and doubles at national championships Reached semifinals in both singles and doubles at Gatorade Copa 2008 tournament in Venezuela Four-time member of Slovenian national team Posted a 35-34 singles record in career International Tennis Federation events.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business Son of Vili and Katja Bonin twin brother, Enej, plays at University of Denver Enjoys playing soccer Born April 17, 1990 Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
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.
Gophers Collect More Wins at Regionals
The Golden Gophers collected 10 singles match wins Friday at the ITA Central Region Championships in Stllwater, Okla.