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*
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