April 21, 2013
Closing out the regular season, the No. 32 Minnesota Golden Gophers demolished the Iowa Hawkeyes today at Baseline Tennis Center. The team combined for a 7-0 victory to finish tied with Michigan for second in the Big Ten, the highest placement since 2000.
Competition started with doubles where Minnesota claimed victories at the second and third positions. Rok Bonin and Juan Pablo Ramirez notched the first ‘W’ with an 8-3 decision over Jonas Dierckx and Juan Estenssoro. Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh, playing at the third spot, topped Mike Swank and Joey White by a score of 8-6 to secure the team point. Iowa’s lone victory of the day came in the first doubles match where Matt Hagan and Garret Dunn narrowly defeated Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment, 8-7 (2).
After a break for the senior ceremony, play resumed with singles and Bonin, the No. 49 player in the nation, closed out his career at home in style with the first solo victory of the day. At the first singles position, he put in a dominating performance over Dierckx, finishing on top by scores of 6-0, 6-1. No. 86 Toledo followed closely with another two-set victory (6-4, 6-3) over Iowa’s Dunn. Hamburg got his revenge on Hagan at No. 3 with a 6-1, 6-4 win for the clinching 4-0 team score.
Froment kept the momentum going for the Gophers with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Estenssoro from the No. 4 spot. Ramirez and Ruben Weber prevailed in three-set matches at fifth and sixth, respectively, to close out the shutout. Weber topped Andres Estenssoro, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8), while Ramirez downed Swank, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9).
The Maroon and Gold now focus their attention to postseason play as they head to Columbus, Ohio to participate in the Big Ten Tournament this next week. After finishing as one of the top four teams in the league, Minnesota receives a bye through the first day of the event and will compete on Friday, April 26. More information about the tournament match-ups can be found at the event website.
Tennis Match Results
April 21, 2013
Baseline Tennis Center
#32 Minnesota 7, Iowa 0
1. Hagan/Dunn (IOWA) def. Froment/Hamburg (MINN) 8-7 (2)
2. Bonin/Ramirez (MINN) def. Dierckx/Entenssoro (IOWA) 8-3
3. Frueh/Toledo (MINN) def. Swank/White (Iowa) 8-6
1. #49 Rok Bonin (MINN) def. Jonas Dierckx (IOWA) 6-0, 6-1
2. #86 Leandro Toledo (MINN) vs. Garret Dunn (IOWA) 6-4, 6-3
3. Jack Hamburg (MINN) vs. Matt Hagan (IOWA) 6-1, 6-4
4. Mathieu Froment (MINN) vs. Juan Estenssoro (IOWA) 7-5, 6-2
5. Juan Pablo Ramirez (MINN) vs. Mike Swank (IOWA) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Ruben Weber (MINN) vs. Andres Estenssoro (IOWA) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8)
Order of Finish
Doubles: 2, 3, 1
Singles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5
First Serve With George Lovitt
George Lovitt comes to Minnesota after winning the North Carolina State Championship and being named the Charlotte Observer North Carolina Player of the Year.
First Serve With Eli Ogilvy
GopherSports.com sat down with the Mississauga, Ont. Native to find out more from about his freshman year at Minnesota.
First Serve With Stefan Milicevic
The Belgrade, Serbia native posted a 5-2 record in both singles and doubles matches this fall. Gophersports.com sat down with Milicevic to ask him some questions about his college...