Sept. 24, 2011
Two Gophers are still in contention at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga.
The tournament, which ends Monday with championship matches, features participants from 26 schools including Auburn, The Citadel, Davidson, Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee State, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Liberty, Lipscomb, LSU, Mercer, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, Samford, South Carolina, Stetson, Tennessee, Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Winthrop. This is the 44th edition of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships, and it is the oldest fall college tennis tournament in America.
The field is divided into three singles divisions and two doubles divisions, and there is a champion from each division. Nine Gophers are competing in the event and there are three Minnesota players in each singles division.
Sophomore Juan Pablo Ramirez and freshman Eric Frueh are in the semifinals of the third flight after posting 3-0 records in singles play. They are in the opposite side of the bracket and can only face one another if they both make it to the championship match.
Ramirez, who joined the Gophers last January, faces Calum Gee in one semifinal. Ramirez has not dropped a set yet.
Frueh, who is from Rochester, Minn., has also not lost a set, and will play Stuart Tierney of Lipscomb in the other semifinal.
The other seven Gophers have been eliminated from competition and so have the Gophers doubles teams.
DIVISION I SINGLES Round of 64 - Friday Leandro Toledo, Minnesota def. Hugo Klientovsky, E. Kentucky, 6-2, 6-4 Rok Bonin (12), Minnesota def. Miguel Cortez, Lipscomb, 6-2, 6-2 Nadav Ruppin, Winthrop def. Phillip Arndt, Minnesota, 6-2, 6-3 Round of 32 - Saturday Eric Quigley (1), Kentucky def. Leandro Toledo, Minnesota, 6-2, 6-4 Dusan Miljevic, Ga. Tech def. Rok Bonin (12), Minnesota, 6-3, 6-4 First Round Consolation - Saturday Phillip Arndt, Minnesota def. Joe Schafer, Davidson, 7-6, 1-6, 1-0(10-8)
DIVISION II SINGLES Round of 64 - Friday Mathieu Froment, Minnesota def. Roger Anderson, LSU, 7-6(5), 6-0 Julian Dehn, Minnesota def. Eric Diaz, Georgia, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 Brendan Ruddock, Minnesota def. Erik Halaj, Stetson, 6-3, 6-2
Round of 32 - Saturday Lucas Lopasso, Auburn def. Mathieu Froment, Minnesota, 6-2, 7-5 Julian Dehn, Minnesota def. Ben Barnette, South Carolina, 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3 Campbell Johnson, Georgia def. Brendan Ruddock, Minnesota, 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16 - Saturday Lucas Lopasso, Auburn def. Julian Dehn, Minnesota, 6-2, 6-1
DIVISION III SINGLES Round of 32 - Friday Eric Frueh, Minnesota def. Michael Retta, Vanderbilt, 7-5, 6-2 Juan Pablo Ramirez, Minnesota def. John Bauerle, Mercer, 6-1, 6-1 Michael Sicora, Minnesota def. Josh Cook, Citadel, 6-0, 6-3
Round of 16 - Friday Eric Frueh, Minnesota def. Andrew Dromsky, Ga. Southern, 7-5, 6-4 Juan Pablo Ramirez, Minnesota def. Kyle Hoffman, Ga. Southern, 6-2, 7-5
Quarterfinals - Saturday Eric Frueh, Minnesota def. Daniel Hernandez, Lipscomb, 6-2, 7-6(4) Juan Pablo Ramirez, Minnesota def. Maks Gold, Kentucky, 6-4, 6-0
First Round Consolation - Saturday DIVISION I DOUBLES Round of 64 - Friday Phillip Arndt/Mathieu Froment, Minnesota: Bye Rok Bonin(3)/Julian Dehn (3), Minnesota: Bye
Round of 32 - Friday Chip Cox/Kyle Koch, South Carolina def. Phillip Arndt/Mathieu Froment, Minnesota, 8-5 Thomas Cook/Victor Valente, Ga. State def. Rok Bonin(3)/Julian Dehn (3), Minnesota, 9-8(11)
DIVISION II DOUBLES Round of 64 - Friday Leandro Toledo/Eric Frueh, Minnesota: Bye Juan Pablo Ramirez/Brendan Ruddock, Minnesota: Bye
Round of 32 - Saturday Jorge Azuero/Giancarlo Lemmi, Liberty def. Leandro Toledo/Eric Frueh, Minnesota, 8-6 Juan Pablo Ramirez/Brendan Ruddock, Minnesota def. David Orces/Elliot Sperr, Citadel, 8-3
Round of 16 - Saturday Lucas Lopasso/Rafael Rondino, Auburn def. Juan Pablo Ramirez/Brendan Ruddock, Minnesota, 8-4