Minnesota seniors Felix Corwin and Matic Spec and assistant coach Urban Ljubic received ITA Central Region Postseason Awards on Monday.
Headed into next week's NCAA Tournament, the No. 37-ranked Gopher Men's Tennis team stayed put in the latest ITA rankings
Felix Corwin, Matic Spec, and Stefan Milicevic each earned postseason honors from the Big Ten Conference on Thursday.
No. 37 Minnesota will be the fourth seed at this weekend's Big Ten Tournament hosted by Iowa.
Minnesota will honor seniors Felix Corwin and Matic Spec this weekend while hosting No. 12 Michigan at Baseline Tennis Center.
2018 SPRING SEASON
Finished the season 19-4 in singles play and an 11-9 record in doubles • Defeated No. 57 Mitch Stewart of No. 47 Washington on Mar 2 • Defeated No. 43 JJ Wolf of No. 2 Ohio State on Mar 30 • Defeated No. 42 Jan Zielinski of No. 19 Georgia on May 11 • Finished the season 3-2 against ranked opponents and finshed ranked No. 85 in the nation
2017 FALL SEASON
Finished the tournament season ranked no. 73 in singles play and no. 26 in doubles alongside Felix Corwin • finished 5-5 in singles play and 6-3 in doubles play • competed at the Oracle ITA Masters from Sept. 21-24 • competed at the SFHS ITA Men's All-American Championship on Oct. 2-9 in singles and doubles (with Corwin) • picked up singles victories over No. 49 Billy Griffith (California) and No. 55 Peter Betran (USF) at the event • claimed the ITA Central Regional Doubles Championship alongside Corwin on Oct. 19-23 in Minneapolis • competed in doubles at the 2017 ITA National Fall Championships from Nov. 1-5 in California, picking up one victory over Jackson Cobb and Alex Sendegaya of Texas Tech.
2017 SPRING SEASON
Received Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award • was named First-Team All-Big Ten • 12-13 in singles play and 14-8 in doubles • ranked No. 66 at the end of the season • finished with a record of 10-11 in the No. 1 single spot • ended the season with a record of 13-8 in the No. 1 doubles position • opened the season with a pair of straight set victories 6-4, 6-0 against South Dakota State and 6-2, 6-1 over Marquette • started the spring season off by winning first seven matches • obtained first ranked victory of the spring season with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 41 Strong Kirchheimer of Northwestern • with the help of Corwin, won first eight doubles matches including impressive 6-1 victories over Western Michigan and Dartmouth • in the No. 1 spot, defeated Gonzalo Morell of Middle Tennessee 6-0, 6-4 • in the No. 1 slot, defeated the No. 28 Illinois pair of Jesse/Kovacevic in 7-5 match • named Big Ten Athlete of the Week on April 4 • contributed to a point against No. 33 Wisconsin with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Lamar Remy • earned two singles wins at the No. 2 spot, winning 7-6 (10-6), 6-4 against Purdue, 6-2, 6-4 against Indiana
2016 FALL SEASON
Ranked No. 13 in doubles with Felix Corwin • went 9-3 in singles play and 7-3 in doubles • partnered with Corwin in doubles at the ITA All-American Championships • picked up two doubles wins before falling to No. 2 Bergevi/Lakat 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(6-0) and No. 1 Cash/Kadhe 7-5, 7-5 • defeated No. 11 Mike Redlicki 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 to place second in singles at the ITA Central Region Championships • won the doubles Gold Draw at the Gopher Invitational with Corwin.
2016 SPRING SEASON
Was named to the All-Big Ten team • winner of the Phil Brain Memorial Award (Team MVP) • went 12-11 in singes play and 12-7 in doubles • Went undefeated in first dual match of the season, Played in No. 1 singles, winning 6-3, 0-6, 6-1, and No. 2 singles winning 6-2, 6-1 • Defeated No. 9 ranked OSU pair Cash/Kadhe in a rematch of the fall ITA Central Region Championship with teammate Felix Corwin • with help of teammate Lynn, won at No. 3 doubles against Wisconsin, 6-2 • fell in close match to Josef Dodridge of Wisconsin, 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 • outlasted Green Bay's Rowan Isaaks/Miles McDowall 6-0. Also defeated Green Bay's Leo Gomez-Islinger at the No. 1 spot, 7-5, 6-2 • defeated Drake pairing of Calum MacGeoch/Ben Lott 7-6 (4) at the No. 2 spot with help from Lynn • earned two singles wins at the No. 1 spot, winning a three set match 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 against Army, 6-1, 6-2 against Illinois State • swept Illinois State at the No. 2 spot with Lynn, 6-0 • picked up one of two wins for Minnesota over No. 45 Washington, winning a three-set match at the No. 1 spot 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 • earned a close win at the No. 1 spot against Hawaii, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) • earned the only point for the Gophers against No. 52 Iowa, winning 7-5, 6-0 at the No. 1 spot • picked up the only win of the day against Illinois with Lynn at No. 2 doubles, winning 6-4 • earned the only point for the Gophers against No. 21 Michigan, winning 6-3, 6-4 against No. 75 Jathan Malik • earned singles and doubles wins against Michigan State, winning 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and 6-1 with Corwin at No. 1 doubles • awarded Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week after his weekend performance • won the first set against No. 2 ranked Mikael Torpegaard of OSU, with the game going unfinished at 6-3, 4-5 • was successful in No. 1 doubles and singles in the upset of No. 39 Penn State - won 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in singles play and swept Penn State No. 1 doubles with Corwin 6-0 • contributed to the doubles point win with a 6-3 victory at No.1 doubles with Corwin over Purdue • in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, once again earned a 6-3 victory at No. 1 doubles over Purdue with the help of Corwin • lost his last match in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, 6-4, 6-2 to No. 48 ranked Gergely Madarasz at No. 1 singles • named First Team All-Big Ten and earned a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
2015 FALL SEASON
Went 3-2 in singles play and 6-2 in doubles play • Advanced to the round of 32 in singles play, going 1-1 with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Christian Seraphim at the ITA All-American • Won the ITA Central Region doubles championship alongside partner Felix Corwin, with five wins topping the No. 14 ranked doubles tandem from Oklahoma State • Competed in doubles play at the ITA National Indoors with Corwin, defeating Christian Coetzee and Luiz Pinto of UAB (6-3, 6-3).
2014-15 • FRESHMAN SEASON
Finished the season 31-5 in singles and 18-12 in doubles • was the school's first 30-match singles winner since 2003 and had the program's seventh-highest single-season win percentage • First Team All-Big Ten • ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year • earned the team's Jerry Noyce/Nike Most Improved Player Award • won the final Big Ten Athlete of the Week Award after going 4-0 at No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles in wins over Illinois and Northwestern, helping the team win its first conference title since 1995 (April 21) • was an alternate selection for the NCAA singles tournament • finished the season ranked 68th nationally in singles and reached as high as 57th • registered a 9-0 Big Ten singles record • went 14-1 in singles and 9-2 in doubles at the Baseline Tennis Center • had a 22-2 record in singles in dual-match play, playing at position Nos. 2-5 • finished the season on a 14-match singles win streak • was 4-1 against ranked opponents, including a three-set triumph over Ohio State's No. 116-ranked Herkko Pollanen (April 3) and a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory against No. 23 Jared Hiltzik of Illinois (April 17) • had a 13-9 spring doubles ledger, playing primarily at No. 3 with Eric Frueh • completed his first fall season with a 9-3 singles record and a 5-3 doubles record • went 3-1 at his first collegiate tournament, the Penn Invitational, including a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over No. 96 Sam Fleck of Cornell (Sept. 26-28) • reached the round of 16 with two wins at the ITA Central Region Championships (Oct. 9-12) • advanced to the singles final at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with four wins (Nov. 1-3) • three of his four wins came in three sets, including a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 defeat of 64th-ranked Dusty Boyer of Nebraska • played doubles with Frueh and Ruben Weber • with Frueh, made it to the round of 16 at the ITA Central Region Championships (Oct. 9-11) • with Weber, reached the championship match of the Big Ten Indoors (Oct. 31).
PRIOR TO MINNESOTA
Played club tennis for ZTK Maribor • won four international singles tournaments and six Slovenian singles titles • four-time national champion in doubles.
Plans to study psychology and business • attended II. gimnazija Maribor and earned the highest possible year-end grades in all four years • received school key (award for academic excellence) • lists most memorable sports thrills as winning six national titles and four international tournaments • hobbies include going to the movies, going out with friends, reading, playing video games, and other sports, especially soccer and basketball • son of Aleksander and Natalija Spec • born Feb. 26, 1995.
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161 Gophers Receive Academic All-Big Ten Honors
5/30/2018 - M. Tennis
A total of 161 student-athletes were honored by the Big Ten Conference on the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
Corwin Edged in Three in NCAA Second Round
5/24/2018 - M. Tennis
Felix Corwin saw an unforgettable season come to a close in the second round of the NCAA Singles Tournament on Wednesday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Corwin Advances to Day Two in Straight Sets
5/23/2018 - M. Tennis
Senior Felix Corwin will play another day at the NCAA Singles Tournament after picking up a victory in the round of 64 on Wednesday afternoon.