Gophers Defeat Penn State, Move to 4-2 in Big Ten

Go Gophers!
Freshman Jack Hamburg gave the Gophers a 2-0 lead with a straight-set singles win.

Go Gophers!
Freshman Jack Hamburg gave the Gophers a 2-0 lead with a straight-set singles win.
Go Gophers!

April 6, 2012

The No. 47-ranked Minnesota men’s tennis team got back on the winning track on Friday afternoon with a 5-2 victory over Penn State outdoors at the Baseline Tennis Center. The Gophers, who lost their first two Big Ten matches last weekend to No. 48 Northwestern and No. 18 Illinois, improved to 4-2 in conference play.

After having its nine-match doubles competition winning streak snapped last Sunday against the Fighting Illini, Minnesota got on the board first against Penn State.

The 22nd-ranked combination of Julian Dehn and Rok Bonin gave the Gophers the early advantage by dispatching C.J. Griffin and Christopher Hasyn 8-3 at the top position. Dehn and Bonin, who won their first 11 matches before losing last week, are now 12-1 on the season.

At No. 2, Phillip Arndt and Jack Hamburg erased a 5-3 deficit and took a 6-5 lead, but Penn State’s Russell Bader and Bryan Welnetz won the final three games too even the competition.

Juan Pablo Ramirez and Leandro Toledo battled back and forth at No. 3 with Taylor Cohen and Tomas Hanzlik and pulled out a 9-8 (5) tiebreaker victory to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. That Gopher tandem is now 10-0 together.

In singles play, Hamburg was the first player to finish at No. 6, topping Chris Young in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.

Hanzlik got Penn State on the board to make it a one-point match at the top position, but Dehn helped the Gophers regain the two-point lead at No. 4. Both Hanzlik and Dehn won in straight sets.

Shortly after Dehn’s victory, fellow Germany-native Toledo clinched the overall win by beating Bader in three sets at No. 2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Arndt, who lost in his first set, gave Minnesota a fifth point by taking down Cohen in a 10-3 match tiebreaker. Hasyn completed the match and made it a 5-2 final by beating Michael Sicora in a super tiebreaker.

The Gophers get back to action on Sunday at noon when they take on third-ranked Ohio State at the Baseline Tennis Center. Minnesota will travel to No. 33 Indiana and No. 72 Purdue next weekend.

Apr. 6, 2012
Baseline Tennis Center • Minneapolis, Minn.
No. 47 Minnesota 5, Penn State 2

Singles Competition:
1. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) def. Rok Bonin (MINN) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
2. No. 80 Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. Russell Bader (PSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Phillip Arndt (MINN) vs. Taylor Cohen (PSU) 6-7 (4), 6-4, 1-0 (3)
4. Julian Dehn (MINN) def. Bryan Welnetz (PSU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Christopher Hasyn (PSU) def. Michael Sicora (MINN) 3-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (4)
6. Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. Chris Young (PSU) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles Competition:
1. No. 22 Rok Bonin/Julian Dehn (MINN) def. C.J. Griffin/Christopher Hasyn (PSU) 8-3
2. Russell Bader/Bryan Welnetz (PSU) def. Phillip Arndt/Jack Hamburg (MINN) 8-6
3. Juan Pablo Ramirez/Leandro Toledo (MINN) vs. Taylor Cohen/Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 9-8 (5)

Match Notes:
No. 47 Minnesota 9-5 (4-2 Big Ten)
Penn State 11-8 (1-5 Big Ten)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,1,4,2,3,5)