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.
By claiming the doubles point, the Gophers took their first lead of the season. No. 21 Greg Andrews and Alex Lawson doubled up No. 47-ranked Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment, 6-3, to give UND the advantage, but Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh beat out Billy Pecor and Josh Hager at No. 2 and Juan Pablo Ramirez and Franz Sydow dispatched their No. 3 doubles counterparts to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead.
Toledo gave the Gophers a 2-0 cushion with a big upset win over 22nd-ranked Greg Andrews, 6-5 (6), 6-4 (3) before Froment put Minnesota on the cusp of victory with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Eric Schurrenberger.
Notre Dame began to rally and did not lose another singles match from there.
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
No. 29 Notre Dame 4, No. 39 Minnesota 3
Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center – Lexington, Ky.Fri. Jan 24, 2014
Match duration: 4:07
1. Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. No. 22 Greg Andrews (ND) 6-5 (6), 6-4 (3)
2. Ryan Bandy (ND) def. Ruben Weber (MINN) 6-5 (4), 4-6, 6-1
3. Josh Hagar (ND) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-5 (3)
4. Mathieu Froment (MINN) def. Eric Schurrenberger (ND) 1-6, 6-4, 6-0
5. Wyatt McCoy (ND) def. Eric Frueh (MINN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-5 (6)
6. Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Jeremy Lynn (MINN) 6-5 (6), 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 4, 3, 2, 6, 5*
1. No. 21 Greg Andrews/Alex Lawson (ND) def. No. 47 Jack Hamburg/Mathieu Froment (MINN) 6-3
2. Leandro Toledo/Eric Frueh (MINN) def. Billy Pecor/Josh Hager (ND) 6-4
3. Juan Pablo Ramirez/Franz Sydow (MINN) def. Ryan Bandy/Matt Dooley (ND) 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*
Weber Finishes Second at Lakewood
Ruben Weber finished second at Lakewood while Matic Spec and Felix Corwin picked up a consolation win in doubles at the NIIC.
Gophers Closing Out Fall Season
Felix Corwin and Matic Spec are heading to the NIIC to compete in doubles while four other Gophers wrap up their season at Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Alpeza Has Strong Tournament
Marino Alpeza won a doubles match and picked up two singles wins at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend.