Irish Rally Past Minnesota, 4-3
Jan. 24, 2014
The University of Minnesota men’s tennis team led 3-0, but No. 29 Notre Dame rallied to defeat the Gophers, 4-3, at the 2014 ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky. The four-hour, seven-minute loss dropped No. 39 Minnesota to 0-2 on the season and gave the Fighting Irish a 13-12 edge in the all-time series between the schools.
Josh Hagar and Ryan Bandy won at No. 3 and No. 2, respectively, to trim the Gophers' lead to one before Eddy Covalschi overcame an early first-set deficit to hand Jeremy Lynn his first loss of the spring at No. 6. After dropping a 6-3 first set at No. 5, Frueh forced a decisive third set against Wyatt McCoy to decided the game. After going back and forth with the match on the line, McCoy came out on top in a 6-5 (6) set to give UND its fourth-straight win to start the season.
Due to the loss, the Gophers will play 45th-ranked BYU at noon (CT) Saturday in their second match of the weekend. The Cougars are coming off their first loss of the season, a 4-0 defeat at the hands of host and eighth-ranked Kentucky Friday afternoon.
Following the trip to the Bluegrass State, Minnesota will open its 2014 home schedule by beginning a five-match homestand with clashes against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Marquette Friday at the Baseline Tennis Center. The contest against UWGB begins at noon and the match against the Golden Eagles will start at 6 p.m.
2014 ITA Kick-Off Weekend