Jan. 4, 2013
The University of Minnesota men's tennis team has been tabbed the No. 35 team in the nation entering the spring season, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The preseason spot is one step up from the Gopher's final resting rank from the 2011-12 campaign last year. Returning the majority of last season's roster, the University of Virginia was tabbed as the top team, beating out USC, who sits in second place after four-consecutive team championships.
In addition to the team ranking, three Gophers received notification among the singles and doubles individual lists. Senior Rok Bonin and sophomore Leandro Toledo are poised to lead the team in individual competition. After compiling a 9-4 record through three events, Bonin cracked the top 50 as the No. 49 player in the nation. Bonin earned a main draw spot at the ITA All-American Championships, winning out three rounds of qualification before running through three other matches at the tournament.
Finishing with an 8-4 record, Toledo was voted at the No. 63 athlete. Toledo also competed in the All-American Championships, earning an automatic bid. He followed with an impressive performance at the ITA Central Regionals. Toledo finished second to qualify for the National Indoor Championships, becoming the first Gopher to do so since 2002.
Sophomore Mathieu Froment rounds out the three Gophers that earned a ranked accolade. Froment shares a spot with Bonin at No. 24 in the doubles group. The duo experimented with other partners at the beginning of the year before they joined forces at the Gopher Invitational. The pair went an undefeated 5-0 to capture the tournament title.
The Maroon and Gold begins the fall slate on Jan. 20 when it hosts Northern Illinois at Baseline Tennis Center at 4:00 p.m. CT.
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