Sept. 30, 2013
Minnesota men's tennis junior Leandro Toledo was defeated in the first round of the ITA 2013 Saint Francis ITA Men's All-American Championships qualifying draw at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. No. 53-ranked Toledo took the match's first set, but No. 116 Benjamin Lock of Florida State rallied to advance to the second round with a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory.
Toledo moved to the consolation bracket, where he will take on Andrew Schafer of South Carolina Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. The winner of that match will face the winner of a match between Florida's Mike Alford and Columbia's Max Schnur.
Schafer is a freshman for the Gamecocks, coming off a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Connor Glennon of Memphis Monday in the first round.
Lock, also a junior, improved to 3-0 in fall play with the win over Toledo, who opened his 2013-14 season in the contest. The third-year FSU player will now play the winner of the match between Max Schnur of Columbia and Behzad Minavi of Texas A&M Tuesday.
Toledo, who ended last year's spring season ranked No. 80, is coming off a 25-11 season, including an 8-4 ledger in fall play. At the All-American Championships a season ago, the Hamburg, Germany native dropped matches to Emilio Gomez of USC and Malte Stropp of Mississippi State in the main draw.
The next time Minnesota will hit the court will be Oct. 17-21 back in Tulsa at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships.
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.