Gainesville, Fla. -The No. 39-ranked University of Minnesota men’s tennis team fell to No. 19 Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gophers could not put together a comeback as they fell 4-1 to the Yellow Jackets to end their season in the Florida heat.
Minnesota grabbed the first doubles victory of the day as Eli Ogilvy and Stefan Milicevic defeated Carlos Divar and Elijah Melendez 6-2 at No. 3. Georgia Tech would go on to win the sets at one and two doubles and clinch the doubles point.
No. 32-ranked Carlos Benito and Christopher Eubanks beat Matic Spec and Felix Corwin 6-3 in the top slot. Shortly after, Andrew Li and Cole Fiegel defeated Josip Krstanovic and Stefan Milicevic 6-4 at No. 2 doubles to give Georgia Tech the first point of the match.
The Maroon & Gold tied the match at one when Milicevic defeated Benito 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. The freshman’s victory would be the only point Minnesota earned during the match.
Georgia Tech bounced back on top when Krstanovic fell to Divar 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 singles to give the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 lead. The final four matches of the day all went to three sets as Minnesota showed their resilience one last time this season.
After falling 6-3 in the first set, Corwin earned a break late in the second set and would go on to win the set 6-3. The third set would go to the No. 7-ranked player in the nation as Eubanks had the upper hand in a 6-4 set to give Georgia Tech a 3-1 lead with the win in the top singles slot.
Alpeza showed his resilience as he bounced back after a first-set loss to win the second set 7-5. Christopher Yun would go on to win the third set 6-1 at No. 6 singles as the Gophers postseason run ended in the first round of the tournament.
No. 70 Spec saw his match unfinished at No. 2 singles. He rallied in the second set as well to force a third set against No. 92 Li. The final score ended at 6-3, 2-6, 4-3 as Spec trailed when the team victory was clinched. Ogilvy’s match was also unfinished as he was tied 6-6 in the third set against Daniel Yun at No. 5 singles.
The Gophers ended the season with a 17-11 record including postseason play. In another successful season which ended at the NCAA Tournament, the players and coaches would like the fans for supporting them all year long.
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#19 Georgia Tech 4, #39 Minnesota 1
May 12, 2017 (Ring Tennis Complex)
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Felix Corwin (MINN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
2. #92 Andrew Li (GT) vs. #70 Matic Spec (MINN) 6-3, 2-6, 4-3 (unfinished)
3. Stefan Milicevic (MINN) def. Carlos Benito (GT) 6-1, 6-1
4. Carlos Divar (GT) def. Josip Krstanovic (MINN) 6-0, 6-3
5. Daniel Yun (GT) vs. Eli Ogilvy (MINN) 1-6, 6-2, 6-6 (unfinished)
6. Christopher Yun (GT) def. Marino Alpeza (MINN) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
1. #32 Carlos Benito/Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Matic Spec/Felix Corwin (MINN) 6-3
2. Andrew Li/Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Josip Krstanovic/Stefan Milicevic (MINN) 6-4
3. Eli Ogilvy/Marino Alpeza (MINN) def. Carlos Divar/Elijah Melendez (GT) 6-2
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,4,1,6)
Match played outdoors at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex
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