Gophers Earn Fifth Win of Season in East Lansing
March 23, 2013
No. 61 Minnesota men’s tennis improved to 5-8 overall with its first conference win over No. 53 Michigan State this afternoon in East Lansing, Mich. The Gophers defeated the Spartans, 4-3. Like many matches this season, the contest came down to the wire with the final singles left to decide it all.
Minnesota started strong, winning the necessary two doubles matches for the team point. Michigan State was the first to finish with a doubles win. Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun defeated Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment, 8-4, leaving the Gophers in a must-win situation. They did. Rok Bonin and Juan Pablo Ramirez combined for an 8-4 win over Aaron Pfister and Will Davis and Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh followed with a 9-8 (8-5) gut-wrenching thriller.
Turning it over to singles, Michigan State took the lead by winning the first two matches. First to finish was the No. 2 position. MSU’s Drew Lied defeated Toledo by scores of 6-2, 6-1. Next was No. 6 where Harry Jadun defeated Ruben Weber (7-5, 6-4).
Hamburg brought it back to a 2-2 tie with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over John Patrick Mullane. At the fifth position, Ramirez switched the lead back in favor of the Gophers. Ramirez took it to Christian Roehmer to win in straight sets (6-4, 6-4). After winning the first set 4-6, Froment fell short in the next two by mirrored scores to tie the match at three.
The score came down to the No. 1 singles pairing. Bonin of Minnesota met Pfister of Michigan State for an extended match. Sets one and two both went into tiebreakers for the nail-biter. Pfister took the first set 6-7 with a 2-7 tiebreak. Bonin came back for the win in the second set by a 7-6 (7-5) score. Using the momentum, Bonin held on to close out the third set easy at 6-3.
The Gophers will be back in action this Sunday. They will face Michigan in Ann Arbor at 11 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
#61 Minnesota 4, #53 Michigan State University 3
Order of Finish