Toledo Tops Domijan in First-Round Thriller
May 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – Minnesota men’s tennis junior Leandro Toledo became the first Gopher men’s tennis in five years to reach the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Singles Championships Wednesday. Toledo rallied from a one-set deficit to stun sixth-ranked Alex Domijan of Virginia, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (12), 6-4 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia.
No. 38-ranked Toledo will take on 31st-ranked Diego Galeano of Baylor in the second round of the tournament Thursday at 9 a.m. Galeano defeated Tennessee’s Mikelis Libietis by a score of 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday.
The winner of that match will play No. 28 Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine or No. 29 Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest Friday in the Round of 16.
Prior to Toledo’s victory, the last Minnesota player to advance as in individual in the NCAA Tournament was Ishay Hadash, who upset Cory Parr of Wake Forest before falling in the second round.
With the win, Toledo improved to 22-9 in 2013-14 including marks of 18-6 on the spring season and 8-3 against ranked opponents.
After going back and forth with three-time All-American Domijan in a first set that finished with a 7-4 tiebreaker loss, Toledo rebounded to claim a tiebreaker in the second set. Despite being one point away from a loss on multiple occasions, Toledo recovered and staved off elimination with a thrilling 14-12 win.
In the third set, Toledo jumped out to a 3-1 lead and never looked back en route to a 6-4 set win, handing Domijan just the second loss of his 2014 campaign and the 17th loss of his four-year career. Domijan entered the day with a 25-1 season record and a 15-match winning streak on the line.
Of the seven players representing the Big Ten in the Round of 64, only Toledo and Ohio State senior Peter Kobelt advanced. Toledo defeated Kobelt when the Gophers faced the Buckeyes back on April 4.
Rok Bonin was the last Gopher to play in the national singles tournament. He fell 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to Auburn’s Andreas Mies in the first round of last year’s competition in Urbana, Ill.