April 12, 2013
As a team, Minnesota men’s tennis battled through multiple tiebreaks to outlast for a 6-1 victory over visiting Indiana tonight at Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The win improves the Golden Gophers to 10-9 overall, 6-2 B1G, while it drops the Hoosiers to 15-11, 7-3
Minnesota’s Rok Bonin and Juan Pablo Ramirez made quick work of Josh MacTaggart and Daniel Bednarczyk at the second position, playing to an 8-3 finish. Eric Frueh and Leandro Toledo secured the doubles point for the squad with a close 8-6 victory over Dimitrije Tasic and Chris Essick. Up against the No. 21 team of Sam Monette and Isade Juneau at the first position, Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment fought back from a 1-5 deficit to a 7-8 score before the game went unfinished and the play moved to singles.
Minnesota won the first two singles matches to bring the overall score to 3-0. Bonin tallied the first individual win for the Gophers, winning in two sets against Monette with identical scores of 6-3. Moving up to play in the fifth spot, Ruben Weber was the next to finish, defeating Indiana’s Bednarczyk 6-4, 6-2.
Indiana answered with a win at No. 4 singles. Tasic bested Froment to mark a 6-3, 6-3 final and bring the team score to 3-1 in favor of the Gophers.
After a long battle that included two tiebreaks, Toledo sealed the deal with a victory over MacTaggart. The sophomore won by scores of 7-6 (7-1), 1-6, and 7-6 (7-3) to give the Gophers their fourth team point and the guaranteed win. Hamburg and Ramirez closed out the match with wins of their own for a final score of 6-1. Hamburg topped Juneau (1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4), while Ramirez pushed through the longest match on the day for a win against IU’s Essick (7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (6-8), 13-11).
The Gophers return to Baseline Tennis Center this Sunday, April 14, for a noon showdown against No. 58 Purdue.
Tennis Match Results
April 12, 2013
Baseline Tennis Center
#40 Minnesota 6, #56 Indiana 1
1. Froment/Hamburg (MINN) vs. Monette/Juneau (IU) 7-8 unfinished
2. Bonin/Ramirez (MINN) def. Bednarczyk/MacTaggart (IU) 8-3
3. Frueh/Toledo (MINN) def. Essick/Tasic (IU) 8-6
1. #45 Rok Bonin (MINN) def. #102 Sam Monette (IU) 6-3, 6-3
2. #81 Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. Josh MacTaggart (IU) 7-6 (7-1), 1-6, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Jack Hamburg (MININ) def. Isade Juneau (IU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
4. Dimitrije Tasic (IU) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN) 6-3, 6-3
5. Ruben Weber (MINN) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Juan Pablo Ramirez (MINN) def. Chris Essick (IU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (6-8), 13-11
Order of Finish
Doubles: 2, 3
Singles: 1, 5, 4, 2, 5, 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.