May 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - Minnesota men's tennis junior Leandro Toledo became the first Gopher men's tennis player since 2002 to reach the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships Thursday, defeating 38th-ranked Diego Galeano of Baylor, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia. By virtue of advancing to the third round of the 64-player tournament, the junior from Hamburg, Germany became an All-American.
The All-America honor for Toledo was the ninth by a Gopher. He is the first player to earn the plaudit since Harsh Mankad did it in 2002.
No. 38-ranked Toledo played his second three-set match in as many days after he rallied from a one-set deficit to stun sixth-ranked Alex Domijan of Virginia, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (12), 6-4 Wednesday. He will take on Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian, the 28th-ranked player in the nation in Friday's Round of 16 at 9 a.m. CT. Sarkissian beat Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest, 6-1, 6-4, Thursday.
The winner of the match between Toledo and Sarkissan will take on either Roberto Cid of South Florida or Dane Webb of Oklahoma in a Saturday quarterfinal match.
With the win, Toledo improved to 23-9 in 2013-14 including marks of 19-6 on the spring season and 9-3 against ranked opponents. He has won six of eight three-set matches in the spring.
Of the seven players representing the Big Ten in the Round of 64, only Toledo and Ohio State senior Peter Kobelt advanced to Thursday's competition. Kobelt fell to Webb, leaving Toledo as the Big Ten's lone representative in the Round of 16.
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.
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.