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.
Gophers Headline Aquatennial
The University of Minnesota had a combination of 17 former and current Gopher student-athletes who competed at the 21st Aquatennial Tennis Classic this past week.
Gophers Compete in US Open Qualifier
Six University of Minnesota tennis student-athletes and head coach Chuck Merzbacher competed in the US Open Sectional Qualifier, this weekend at the Baseline Tennis Center.
Baseline Hosting US Open Sectional Qualifier
The Baseline Tennis Center is hosting a US Open Sectional Qualifier with six current Gopher tennis players participating.