Gophers End Regular Season With 6-1 Win At Iowa
Minnesota wrapped up the regular season with a 6-1 win at Iowa on Sunday afternoon. The Gophers will now carry a four-match win streak into the Big Ten tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday in Evanston, Ill.
The Gophers are seeded fourth in the Big Ten tournament and will play the winner of a first-round match between fifth-seeded Indiana and No. 12 seed Iowa at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27. The Gophers won 4-3 on the road at Indiana on April 14 and beat Iowa 6-1 earlier today.
Minnesota had little trouble with the Hawkeyes, who went winless in the Big Ten this season. Surprisingly though, the Gophers ranked players struggled against Iowa.
At No. 1 doubles, Minnesota’s top duo of Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn lost 9-8 to Garret Dunn and Michael Swank. Bonin and Dehn, who are ranked No. 33, finished the regular season with a 14-4 overall record and a 7-4 mark in conference play.
The Gophers won the doubles point against the Hawkeyes with wins and second and third doubles. Juan Pablo Ramirez and Leandro Toledo finished Big Ten play with a 9-2 record as they beat Matt Hagan and Jonas Dierckx 9-8 at the second position. Phillip Arndt and Jack Hamburg won for only the second time in their last nine matches when they beat Will Vasos and Tom Mroziewicz 8-5 at third doubles.
In singles, the Gophers won the first three matches to secure victory in the match. Hamburg needed little time to beat Joey White 6-1, 6-2 at fifth singles, while Rok Bonin beat Hagan by the same score at No. 1 singles.
Michael Sicora, who was in the singles lineup for the first time since April 6, snapped a five-match losing streak to secure the win for the Gophers with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph against Mitch Beckert at the sixth slot.
Dehn finished the Big Ten season with a 10-1 mark in singles play as he rallied to beat Dunn 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6) at fourth singles. Arndt secured Minnesota’s final point when he beat Dierckx 6-2, 7-6 at third singles.
Leandro Toledo, who is ranked No. 89, suffered Minnesota’s only loss on the day. The Gopher freshman was downed 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 by the senior Vasos.
April 22, 2012