April 20, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. – The 51st-ranked Minnesota men’s tennis team concluded its regular season Sunday afternoon by dropping a 7-0 match to No. 35 at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center Evanston, Ill. The Gophers end the regular season with an 11-12 record that includes a 5-6 finish in Big Ten play.
The Gophers finished in seventh place in the conference and will open next week’s Big Ten Tournament in East Lansing, Mich. against 10th-seeded Indiana. The Gophers beat the No. 59-ranked Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind., 4-3, in a March 30 match.
Sunday, NU took a quick advantage in doubles with an 8-4 win at No. 3, but Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh evened the competition with an 8-6 win at the second spot.
The Wildcats took the 1-0 lead when No. 33 Raleigh Smith and Mihir Kumar end a 13-match winning streak for No. 20 Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment at No. 1 with an 8-5 win.
No. 112 Sam Shropshire doubled NU’s cushion with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ruben Weber in the second spot. The Wildcats sealed the victory with wins at No. 6 and No. 5 singles.
To complete the shutout, Konrad Zieba downed Jack Hamburg at No. 3, Mihir Kumar ended a four-match Mathieu Froment win steak with an three-set win at No. 4, and No. 58 Raleigh Smith eked out a 7-6 (0), 0-6, 7-6 (4) win against
No. 39 Leandro Toledo in the top flight.
No. 35 Northwestern 7, No. 51 Minnesota 0
April 20, 2014
Vandy Christie Tennis Center | Evanston, Ill.
1. No. 58 Raleigh Smith (NU) def. No. 39 Leandro Toledo (MINN) 7-6 (7-0), 0-6, 7-6 (7-4)
2. No. 112 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Ruben Weber (MINN) 6-3, 6-1
3. Konrad Zieba (NU) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN) 6-7 (0-7), 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
4. Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
5. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Eric Frueh (MINN) 7-6 (7-0), 6-2
6. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Juan Pablo Ramirez (MINN) 6-3, 6-2
1. No. 33 Raleigh Smith/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. No. 20 Jack Hamburg/Mathieu Froment (MINN) 8-5
2. Leandro Toledo/Eric Frueh (MINN) def. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-6
3. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Juan Pablo Ramirez/Franz Sydow (MINN) 8-4
Minnesota 11-12; National ranking No. 51
Northwestern 19-9; National ranking No. 35
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,5,3,4,1)
Match Length: 3:37
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