Nov. 11, 2011
The Minnesota men’s tennis team concludes fall tournament play this weekend at the Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Intercollegiate Classic in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Four Gophers are competing in the three-day, 32-player singles event. The four Gophers in Florida are Mathieu Froment, Phillip Arndt, Julian Dehn and Brendan Ruddock.
Dehn needed three sets to advance to the second round as he opened with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 victory against Florida’s Andrew Butz. Dehn advanced to the quarterfinals after No. 3 seed Chris Thiemann of Mississippi had to retire. Dehn and Thiemann split the first two sets. Dehn will face Gicomo Miccini of Arizona in the quarterfinals.
Froment dropped Alabama’s Rens van der Vis 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, but could not get by No. 7 seed Mousheg Hovhannisyan of Pepperdine in the second round as he fells 6-2, 6-2.
Ardnt beat Danny Moss of Pepperdine 6-2, 6-3 to open the tournament before falling 6-3, 6-3 to Duke’s Fred Saba, who is seeded fifth.
Ruddock lost 6-4, 6-2 to No. 8 seed Daniil Proskura of Alabama in the first round.
Dehn and Froment, who are seeded third in doubles, advanced to the second round after their opponents from Duke were forced to withdraw. Dehn teamed with Rok Bonin last year to win the doubles championship at the Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Intercollegiate Classic.
Ruddock and Arndt lost in the first round to a duo from Florida.