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
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.