Sebastian Gallego knocked off the nation's 41st-ranked player, but Minnesota fell to Wake Forest 4-2 in the opening match of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Indoor National regional tournament on Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
The 31st-ranked Gophers also got a singles win from Dino Bilankov, though 16th-ranked Wake Forest avenged a 5-2 setback to Minnesota from last season. Minnesota is now 1-1 for the season and plays Sunday at 10 a.m. against Michigan, which lost to Kentucky 4-2. Wake Forest will face the host Wildcats at 2 p.m. with the winner advancing with 15 other schools to the ITA Indoor Nationals in Charlottesville, Va.
Gallego, ranked 67th in the country, rolled past 41st-ranked Iain Atkinson 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Bilankov's win was a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 decision over Jon Wolff at No. 4 singles.
Wake Forest claimed the doubles point when Atkinson and Steven Forman, the nation's 16th-ranked tandem, beat Gallego and Phillip Arndt 8-6 in the deciding match at No. 1. The Demon Deacons also got a win at No. 2 from Wolff and Zach Leslie over Rok Bonin and Tobias Wernet 8-5 before the Gophers rallied with a win at No. 3 by Julian Dehn and Brendan Ruddock over Danny Kreyman and Frank Carleton 8-6.
Gallego's win evened the match, but Wake Forest took the next two decisions with Forman beating Wernet 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 and Carleton posting a 6-4, 6-1 win over Bonin at No. 2. Bilankov pulled Minnesota within 3-2 before the Demon Deacons sealed the win with Kreyman defeating Arndt 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5. Leslie was leading Dehn 6-4, 5-4 at No. 6 when the match was suspended.
#16 Wake Forest 4, #31 Minnesota 2
No. 1 - Steve Forman (WF) def. #55 Tobias Wernet (UM) 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 - Frank Carleton (WF) def. Rok Bonin (UM) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 - #67 Sebastian Gallego (UM) def. #41 Iain Atkinson (WF) 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 - Dino Bilankov (UM) def. Jon Wolff (WF) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 - Danny Kreyman (WF) def. Phillip Arndt (UM) 6-2, 7-5
No. 6 - Zach Leslie (WF) led Julian Dehn (UM) 6-4, 5-4 DNF
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 4, 5*
No. 1 - #16 Steven Forman/Iain Atkinson (WF) def. Sebastian Gallego/Phillip Arndt (UM) 8-6
No. 2 - Jonathan Wolff/Zach Leslie (WF) def. Rok Bonin/Tobias Wernet (UM) 8-5
No. 3 - Julian Dehn/Brendan Ruddock (UM) def. Danny Kreyman/Frank Carleton (WF) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1