Minnesota Improves to 5-1 in the Big Ten with Victory over Penn State
April 5, 2013
No. 37 Minnesota defeated Penn State tonight at the Indoor Tennis Center in University Park, Penn., improving the team’s winning streak to five consecutive matches. The Gophers took the doubles point and added four singles victories for the overall 5-2 win. Minnesota now boasts an impressive 5-1 record in league play (9-8 overall), while Penn State drops to 1-5 (7-12 overall).
Rok Bonin and Juan Pablo Ramirez notched the first doubles win of the day, defeating C.J. Griffin and Tomas Hanzlik (8-3). Penn State’s Roman Trkulja and Chris Young tallied the next with an 8-3 score over Minnesota’s Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh. In the decisive third match at the first doubles position, Minnesota’s Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg pulled through for the 8-5 win over Russell Bader and Guanhua Chen.
Minnesota rolled with the momentum and collected four consecutive wins to open singles and secure the team victory. Toledo was the first to wrap up his match, downing Bader in two sets (6-4, 6-4). Bonin followed shortly, after an extended second set. Bonin defeated Hanzlik 6-3, 7-5 to put the Gophers up 3-0. Hamburg clinched the winning point after a three-set fight with Penn State’s Matt Barry. The two split the opening rounds, leaving the decider for the final where Hamburg came out on top to win by scores of 6-2, 3-6, and 6-3. Froment put the exclamation point on the match with his own three-set victory at the fourth position, defeating Trkulja 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
The final two matches were played in third set tiebreakers, Penn State winning each to avoid the shutout. Ramirez fell to Griffin (6-4, 4-6, 10-8), while Ruben Weber dropped a game to Ramy Labna (6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 10-8).
The Gophers remain on the road until Sunday when they will meet No. 5 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The match is set to begin at noon.
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