Oct. 31, 2013
The Minnesota men’s tennis team got off to a flying start at the Gopher Invitational Thursday morning at the Baseline Tennis Center. The Gophers dropped their first two doubles matches that finished on the day before winning their final doubles contest and coming out on top in all seven singles matches they played.
The Gophers began the round-robin-style tournament with a pair of doubles losses against tandems from Princeton, but recovered for one win before singles play when Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg topped PU’s Dan Davies and Alex Day, 8-5.
Six of the seven singles matches went to a supertiebreaker to decide a winner.
After withdrawing from Big Ten Singles Tournament play due to injury, Tucker Saxon became the first Gopher to win, dispatching Davies in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5 in the third flight.
Teammate and newcomer Jeremy Lynn earned his first collegiate to keep Minnesota unbeaten in Flight No. 3. Fellow freshman Franz Sydow collected his first win in Flight No. 4, defeating the Tigers’ Ben Quazzo 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (9).
Minnesota also found success in the top two singles flights, getting supertiebreaker wins from Hamburg, Froment, Ruben Weber, and Eric Frueh. Hamburg, Froment, and Frueh all rallied after falling behind a set, while Weber won his team-best, seventh match of the season.
The team resumes play Friday with doubles at 6:30 p.m. and singles at 7:30 p.m. Doubles for Minnesota will begin at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and will be followed by singles on Saturday.
Opponents for each day and time will be determined on the day of the matches.
Minnesota will conclude its fall schedule Nov. 8-10 at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Claycourt Tennis Tournament in Sarasota, Fla.
Flight No. 4
Franz Sydow (MINN) def. Ben Quazzo (PRIN) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (9)
Flight No. 1
Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. Dan Davies/Alex Day (PRIN) 8-5
Tom Colautti/Augie Bloom (PRIN) def. Eric Frueh/Ruben Weber (MINN) 8-6
Flight No. 2
Zach McCourt/Ben Quazzo (PRIN) def. Tucker Saxon/Franz Sydow (MINN) 8
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.