March 29, 2013
The Minnesota men’s tennis team is cruising. For the third match in a row, the No. 47 Gophers have proved to be the better opponent in an outranked situation. This time the team upset No. 26 Northwestern, 4-3, tonight at the Baseline Tennis Center. The win improves the team’s overall record to 7-8 and moves Minnesota to 3-1 in the Big Ten Conference. The loss was only the fifth for the Wildcats this season and is the second in league action (16-5, 2-2 B1G).
Minnesota scored the first point of the night with back-to-back doubles victories from the first and third position. The No. 1 duo of Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg closed out their win first, defeating Northwestern’s powerhouse of Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith by a score of 8-4. Eric Frueh and Leandro Toledo finished their match soon after. The pairing downed Fedor Baev and Alex Pasareanu, 8-5, to start the Gophers off on the right foot as the team moved into the singles competition.
Froment made quick work of his opponent to be the first to complete the singles round. He topped Mihir Kumar by scores of 6-3 and 6-1 to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead in the match. No. 6 singles wrapped up quickly after with the victor in purple. Chris Jackman defeated Ruben Weber 6-3, 6-1 to earn the point for Northwestern.
Rok Bonin had another dominating performance at the first position. He downed Spencer Wolf in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) to put the Gophers within one point of the team victory. Toledo was able to clinch the team win from the second position against NU's Smith. After winning the first 6-3 and losing the second 6-1, Toledo came back for the kill in the third, tallying an impressive 6-1 victory.
The fifth singles position between Minnesota’s Ramirez and Northwestern’s Pasareanu closed out their match with a 7-6, 6-2 victory in favor of the Wildcats. The No. 3 spot played to a third set before the Gophers opted to retire the match, leaving the final score Minnesota 4, Northwestern 3.
The Gophers look to make it four consecutive upsets when they host No. 19 Illinois for a noon match this Sunday.
Tennis Match Results
March 29, 2013
Baseline Tennis Center
#47 Minnesota 4, #26 Northwestern 3
1. Froment/Hamburg (MINN) def. Balaji/Smith (NU), 8-4
2. Kumar/Wolf (NU) def. Bonin/Ramirez (MINN), 8-5
3. Frueh/Toledo (MINN) def. Baev/Pasareanu (NU), 8-5
1. #41 Rok Bonin (MINN) def. Spencer Wolf (NU), 6-2, 6-3
2. #100 Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. Raleigh Smith (NU), 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
3. Jack Hamburg (MINN) vs. Sidarth Balaji (NU), 7-6 (8), 4-6, 3-3, retired
4. Mathieu Froment (MINN) def. Mihir Kumar (NU), 6-3, 6-1
5. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Juan Pablo Ramirez (MINN), 7-6, 6-2
6. Chris Jackman (NU) def. Ruben Weber (MINN), 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 4, 6, 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.