Gophers Come Up Short Against Tulsa
Photo Album: Tulsa 4, Minnesota 2
The Minnesota men’s tennis team dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 20 Tulsa this afternoon in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Norman, Okla. The No. 35 Gophers, who were playing in the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year, finished the season with a 13-8 overall record. Minnesota was 8-3 in the Big Ten regular season this year.
Tulsa advanced to the second round where it will face No. 10 Oklahoma. The Sooners beat UMKC 4-0 in the afternoon match. Both matches were moved indoors to Oklahoma’s Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion because of constant rain in Norman.
Tulsa struck first by winning the doubles point after claiming 8-6 wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson beat Leandro Toledo and Juan Pablo Ramirez at the second slot, while Japie De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo topped Phillp Arndt and Jack Hamburg at third doubles.
The match at No. 1 doubles between No. 11 Ashley Watling and Clifford Marsland of Tulsa and No. 34 Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn of Minnesota went unfinished. The Gopher duo was trailing 7-5 when the match was abandoned.
Dehn finished his Gopher career with 79 doubles wins, which is tied with Martin Michalkowski (1997-200) for second most all-time in program history. Brian Uihlein (1989-92) is the school’s all-time wins leader in doubles play with 81 victories.
Jack Hamburg got the Gophers on the board quickly and leveled the match 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 win at six singles. The freshman from Rapid City, S.D. missed the fall season with an injury but finished the year with an 11-6 record.
Tulsa took a 2-1 lead when Rok Bonin fell to No. 117 Japie De Klerk 7-6 (5), 6-1 at first singles, but Minnesota tied the match when Phillip Arndt beat Conference USA player of the year and No. 77 Ashley Watling 7-6 (3), 6-3 at No. 3.
The Gophers needed to win two of the three remaining matches to advance to the second round, but they were unable to as both Dehn and Toledo fell in three sets.
Both players won the first set before eventually succumbing to their Tulsa counterparts. Dehn lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Ive at the fourth spot and then Tulsa secured the match when No. 97 Marsland overcame No. 87 Toledo 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the second position.
Mathieu Froment’s match at fifth singles went unfinished. He was leading Jackson 3-6, 7-6 (3), 1-0 at the time the match was abandoned.
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