Jan. 20, 2013
Tonight at the Baseline Tennis Center, the No. 35 Minnesota men’s tennis team kick-started its 2013 regular season slate with a 6-1 victory over Northern Illinois. With the win, the Gophers begin the season with a 1-0 record, while the Huskies fall to 0-1.
Minnesota started strong in the doubles competition. Eric Frueh and Jack Hamburg, back from injury, paired up as the No. 3 doubles team. Together, they dished out an 8-0 victory over Axel Lagerlof and Simon Formont. At the No. 1 position, Rok Bonin and Mathieu Froment defeated Dor Amir and Fred Cadieux, 8-2, to clinch the team point for the Gophers. Juan Pablo Ramirez and Leandro Toledo played at No. 2 and marked a 7-3 lead over Jovan Zeljkovic and Max Phillips before the game was called.
On the singles side, three Gophers earned W’s in two-set matches, while two other picked up wins with a tiebreaker round. Bonin (1) overpowered Amir, 6-2, 6-3; Toledo (2) swept Lagerlof, 6-1, 6-3; and Hamburg (6) defeated Formont, 6-1, 6-3.
Ramirez at No. 4 and Ruben Weber at No. 5 each tallied wins after fighting through tiebreaker rounds. Ramirez outlasted Phillips, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Weber earned his first regular season victory as a Gopher, winning 6-3, 4-6 (6) over Zeljkovic.
Froment competed at the No. 3 position and put up a tough fight in an extended tiebreaker but ultimately fell to Cadieux by scores of 4-6, 6-3, (13-11).
Next up, the Gophers will partake in a four-team competition in Athens, Ga. as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. On Jan. 25, Minnesota will begin play against Virginia Commonwealth at 9 a.m. CT.
Minnesota 6, Northern Illinois 1
No. 1 Bonin/Froment (MINN) def. Amir/Cadieux (NIU), 8-2
No. 2 Toledo/Ramirez (MINN) over Zlejkovic/Phillips (NIU), 7-3 (unfinished)
No. 3 Hamburg.Frueh (MINN) def. Lagerlof/Formont (NIU), 8-0
No. 1 Bonin (MINN) def. Amir (NIU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Toledo (MINN) def. Lagerlof (NIU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 Cadieux (NIU) def. Froment (MINN), 4-6, 6-3, (13-11)
No. 4 Ramirez (MINN) def. Phillips (NIU), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 5 Weber (MINN) def. Zeljkovic (NIU), 6-3, 4-6 (10-6)
No. 6 Hamburg (MINN) def. Formont (NIU), 6-1, 6-3
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.