HANOVER, N.H. – The Gopher Men’s Tennis program rebounded with a victory over Rice on Saturday, defeating the Owls 6-1 after falling to their weekend hosts from Dartmouth, 5-2 on Friday afternoon at the Boss Tennis Center.
Minnesota (3-3) picked up the victory in doubles over Rice as no. 26 Matic Spec and Felix Corwin came back from down 6-5 to win in the tiebreaker, 7-6 (4). Josip Krstanovic and Justyn Levin continued to to produce as a duo, moving to 3-2 on the spring season with a dominating 6-0 victory in no. 3 singles.
“You have to have a short memory sometimes to get back to the things that you do well and be ready for another battle,” said head coach Geoff Young about his message to the team following Friday afternoon’s loss to Dartmouth. His Gophers responded, as Spec and Krstanovic gave Minnesota an early 3-0 lead with 6-1, 6-0 victories at no. 3 and no. 6 singles, respectively.
No. 34-ranked Stefan Milicevic bounced back from a rare defeat on Friday as he defeated Sumit Sakar, 6-4, 7-5, at no. 2 singles. Eli Ogilvy picked up his second victory of the weekend at no. 4, defeating Jacob Eskeland 6-3, 7-5. Jackson Allen needed three sets but claimed a victory at no. 5 singles, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. The lone defeat for Minnesota came in the final match, as Eric Rutledge defeated Corwin in a third-set tiebreaker, 10-6, after splitting the first two sets 5-7, 6-4.
“Some of us are capable of playing better tennis than we are currently, but that can happen very soon,” said Young. “We just need a little more work. I’m sure we’ll be up and ready to go.” Minnesota hosts Wisconsin in the team’s Big Ten Conference opener next week.
1. Eric Rutledge (RICEM) def. Felix Corwin (MINN) 5-7, 6-4, 10-6
2. #34 Stefan Milicevic (MINN) def. Sumit Sarkar (RICEM) 6-4, 7-5
3. Matic Spec (MINN) def. Mohamed Abdel-Aziz (RICEM) 6-1, 6-0
4. Eli Ogilvy (MINN) def. Jacob Eskeland (RICEM) 6-3, 7-5
5. Jackson Allen (MINN) def. Conrad Russell (RICEM) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
6. Josip Krstanovic (MINN) def. Autin Moninger (RICEM) 6-1, 6-0
1. #26 Felix Corwin/Matic Spec (MINN) def. Eric Rutledge/Sumit Sarkar (RICEM) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Conrad Russell/Jacob Eskeland (RICEM) def. Eli Ogilvy/Jackson Allen (MINN) 6-2
3. Josip Krstanovic/Justyn Levin (MINN) def. Jared Aiman/Mohamed Abdel-Aziz (RICEM) 6-0
Order of Finish
Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,2,4,5,1)
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