Bulldogs Down Gophers, 4-3
March 1, 2013
The No. 66 Minnesota men’s tennis team fell tonight against No. 27 Drake in another close match at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Gophers were downed by the Bulldogs in a 4-3 match-up to drop to 3-7 overall on the year.
Both teams switched up their normal pairings for the doubles competition. Mathieu Froment teamed up with Jack Hamburg for the Gophers’ first position. The two faced Jean Erasmus and Alen Salibasic and came out on top by a 8-5 score. Rok Bonin paired with Juan Pablo Ramirez at the second doubles spot and despite a valiant effort, fell to Ben Lott and James McKie, 8-4. Eric Frueh and Leandro Toledo made up the Gophers’ third doubles team. The fought through a tough match against Anis Ghorbel and Robin Goodman, but would also fall short (8-2) to give the Bulldogs the first team point of the night.
No. 3 singles finished first for the individual matches with Drake’s Goodman defeating Hamburg in straight sets (6-3, 6-2). Toledo followed with a win over McKie from the second position to put the Gophers on the board. Freshman Ruben Weber made it two all with a 7-6, 6-3 after a long rally with the Bulldog at No. 6.
Bonin was the next to finish, taking down Ghorbel. After losing the first set, 4-6, Bonin rebounded and won the next two in style (6-2, 6-4) to claim the victory and put the Gophers ahead for the first time on the night. At No. 4, Froment started with a strong 6-1 opening against Salibasic, but after a breaker loss in the second set, he lost steam and fell again in the third.
With the team score tied at three, the decider would come down to No. 5 singles. Ramirez faced Erasmus and the two battled it out to the end. Ramirez dominated in the first set, winning by a score of 6-2. Erasmus pushed back to take the second in a 7-6 (7-1) tiebreak. In the third, the two players rallied back-and-forth for multiple ad changes, before Erasmus came out ahead to give the Bulldogs the victory.
The Gophers will take a day off before returning to the court for a battle against No. 14 Washington. The match is set for noon on Sunday, March 3.
Tennis Match Results
#27 Drake 4, #66 Minnesota 3
Order of Finish