Felix Corwin and Stefan Milicevic advance to Milwaukee Tennis Classic quarterfinals
Spec, Corwin, and Allen each pick up a tournament victory
Minnesota earns team honors; four Gophers tabbed as Scholar Athletes
Three University of Minnesota student-athletes, Matic Spec, Felix Corwin and Josip Krstanovic, earned Big Ten Conference Honors last week.
Catch up with Marino Alpeza and Josip Krstanovic on what they have been doing this summer.
2016-17 | SOPHOMORE SPRING: Finished 14-8 in singles play and 5-5 overall in doubles • was named Minnesota's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient • won first two singles matches of spring with a pair of victories in the No. 4 slot inclduing a thrilling 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Miles McDowall of Green Bay • Finished with a 12-5 record in the No. 5 spot • Collected a thrilling 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 1-0 (10-4) victory over Carter Lin of No. 15 Michigan • went 3-2 with partner Justyn Levin in the No. 2 doubles position with victories coming against Mich. St., Penn St. and Indiana • Came back to defeat Alexander Kim of Mich. St. 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). FALL: Went 7-2 in singles play and 2-4 in doubles • picked up two victories at the ITA Central Region Championships • was 5-0 at the Gopher Invitational • won the Maroon Doubles Draw at the Gopher Invitational with George Lovitt.
2015-16 | FRESHMAN SPRING: Joined the team for dual season going 5-12 in singles and 8-6 in doubles • went undefeated in his first dual matches at Minnesota, winning two close singles matches 6-0, 7-6 (7) and 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (6). Also won first doubles match of career with teammate Justyn Levin (6-1), second doubles match went unfinished but was up 3-2 with partner Matic Spec • with teammate Levin, won 7-6 (5) at the ITA Kickoff against Columbia's Miguel Alda/Eric Rubin • at the No. 4 spot, defeated Green Bay's Florian Kraenzler 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) • earned two doubles wins at the No. 3 spot with Justyn Levin, beating Army 6-4 and Illinois State 6-1 • established his second win at the No. 3 spot in singles, defeating Illinois State 7-5, 6-2 • had a strong 6-0 win with Levin at No. 3 doubles over Hawaii, also earned a close 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 5 singles • earned a 7-5 win at No. 3 doubles with Corwin over Iowa • had his last match of the season go unfinished at the No. 6 spot against Purdue, he was down 4-3 in the third set when it was abandoned.
PRIOR TO MINNESOTA Played on the first, second and third league levels in the Croatian league • in the first league he was part of a fourth place finish with his club • won two ITF doubles tournaments • was a three time national champion • ranked top 10 in all age groups for Croatia • a ranking of 592 in the ITF • took third place on the masters U15 in Croatia
PERSONAL Plans to major in business finance and psychology • loves to watch the NBA and ATP tour • lists most memorable sports thrills as winning a close ITF doubles match that went back and forth, playing in a doubles national finals match where nobody expected him and his partner to win but they went on to win and beating a top 200 ITF player at a U15 Croatia tournament and ending finishing third place • has a brother Mislav (21) • son of Smiljan and Marina Krstanovic • born on March 4, 1997
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Gophers Finish Tulsa Stay in Saturday Session
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