The Minnesota men’s tennis team was eliminated from the Big Ten tournament today by Indiana. The Gophers, who were seeded fourth, received a bye into the quarterfinals, lost 4-3 to the fifth-seeded Hoosiers.
Indiana, who will now play No. 1 seed Ohio State in the semifinals, played Minnesota after beating No. 12 seed Iowa 4-0 in the first round of the event on Thursday.
The tournament is being hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., and the Gophers and Hoosiers played at the Combe Tennis Center.
Today’s match was another close contest between the 36th-ranked Gophers and the 27th-ranked Hoosiers. Earlier this year, Minnesota rallied to squeeze out a 4-3 road win at Indiana on April 14. The Hoosiers built a 3-1 lead, but Minnesota stormed back to win the overall match after Rok Bonin, Julian Dehn and Phillip Arndt won their matches in singles play. Bonin and Dehn won three-set affairs, while Arndt beat Jeremy Langer 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) at the third position to complete the dramatic comeback for the Gophers.
Last year, the Hoosiers beat Minnesota 4-3 in Minneapolis, but the Gophers then eliminated second-seeded Indiana in the Big Ten tournament semifinals with a 4-0 win.
This time, the Hoosiers are still standing after outlasting Minnesota in a contest that saw all seven matches go the distance. The lineups were almost the exact same as when the teams met earlier this season, with the exception of Jack Hamburg playing sixth singles for Minnesota.
However, unlike their last meeting, the Hoosiers won the doubles point this afternoon. Indiana struck first when Stephen Vogl and Will Kendall won 8-4 against Jack Hamburg and Phillip Arndt at third doubles.
Minnesota’s lone win came at first doubles where No. 37 Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn beat No. 77 Isade Juneau and Jeremy Langer 8-6. That is the same score that the Minnesota duo won by earlier this year.
The doubles point hinged on the matchup at the second position between Indiana’s Josh MacTaggart and Alastair Barnes and Minnesota’s Leandro Toledo and Juan Pablo Ramirez. The Hoosier pairing survived 9-8 (4) to claim the doubles point.
Indiana took a 2-0 lead when Kendall dropped Mathieu Froment 6-3, 6-0 at fifth singles, but Minnesota then won the next three matches to stake a 3-2 lead.
Bonin got Minnesota on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Juneau at No. 1 singles and then Arndt, who clinched the match for Minnesota against Indiana earlier this year, leveled the contest with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win against Langer.
Hamburg, who did not play singles against Indiana earlier this year, then put Minnesota up 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph against Dimitrije Tasic.
The only matchup of ranked players came at second singles, where No. 79 MacTaggart overcame No. 89 Toledo 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 to tie the overall match 3-3.
The Hoosiers then advanced to the semifinals when Vogl avenged an earlier three-set loss this season to Dehn with a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 win at fourth singles.
Tennis Match Results
Indiana vs Minnesota
Apr 27, 2012 at Evanston, Ill.
(Combe Tennis Center)
Indiana 4, Minnesota 3
1. Rok Bonin (MINN) def. Isade Juneau (IND) 6-4, 6-3
2. #79 Josh MacTaggart (IND) def. #89 Leandro Toledo (MINN) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
3. Phillip Arndt (MINN) def. Jeremy Langer (IND) 6-2, 7-6 (3)
4. Stephen Vogl (IND) def. Julian Dehn (MINN) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5
5. Will Kendall (IND) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN) 6-3, 6-0
6. Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. Dimitrije Tasic (IND) 6-3, 6-3
1. #37 Rok Bonin / Julian Dehn (MINN) def. #77 Isade Juneau/Jeremy Langer (IND) 8-6
2. Josh MacTaggart/Alastair Barnes (IND) def. Leandro Toledo / Juan Pablo Ramirez (MINN) 9-8 (4)
3. Stephen Vogl/Will Kendall (IND) def. Jack Hamburg / Phillip Arndt (MINN) 8-4
Indiana 23-8 (7-4 B1G)
Minnesota 13-7 (8-3 B1G)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,3,6,2,4)
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.