Jan. 30, 2014
After beginning its season 1-2 with a loss to Oklahoma State and No. 29 Notre Dame and a win against 45th-ranked Brigham Young, the 39th-ranked Minnesota men's tennis team will return to the Baseline Tennis Center for its first three home matches of the season this weekend. Friday, the Gophers will host Green Bay at noon and Marquette at 6:30 p.m. and will wrap up the weekend with a noon match Sunday against No. 63 Arkansas.
After going dropping its first two matches of the season, Minnesota won its first match of the 2014 season last Saturday in the ITA Consolation match against No. 45 BYU. The Gophers won two of three doubles matches before winning at the top three singles positions. This weekend's matches will be the first at home for the Gophers this season.
About Green Bay
The Phoenix enters Friday's match with a 3-0 record after blanking Cardinal Stritch, 7-0, and downing DePaul and IUPUI, both by 4-3 scores. Green Bay is coming off a 17-7 season with a perfect 6-0 Horizon League record in 2013. Leo Gomez Islinger has started the season 3-0 by going 2-0 at the second spot and 1-0 at No. 1. Teammate Howard Scott is 1-1 at the top position.
Marquette has gotten off to a 2-1 start in 2014. The Golden Eagles dropped a 7-0 decision to 21st-ranked Vanderbilt but deafted Lipscomb 5-2 and IUPUI 6-1. Senior Dan Mamalat has led the team to victories at the top position in each of its wins and has partnered Vukasin Teofanovic to go 2-1 at the No. 1 spot in doubles.
Arkansas will be the Gophers' third ranked opponent of the season, entering the weekend at No. 63 in the ITA Rankings. The Razorbacks will bring to town the 39th-ranked doubles tandem of Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott. Arkansas is 3-2 on the year, having beaten Mercer two times before dispatching 68th-ranked East Tennessee State. UA fell to Dartmouth and 20th-ranked Texas.
Against the Field
All-time, the Gophers are 2-0 against Green Bay and are 6-0 against Marquette. Minnesota has beaten the Golden Eagles in each of the last three seasons. After a 4-3 loss to the Razorbacks last February, the Gophers currently hold a 1-3 record in four meetings against Arkansas.
Toledo Earns B1G Honor
Gopher junior Leandro Toledo picked the Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week award for the second time in his career this week. The Hamburg, Germany native, who earned his first-career win at No. 1 singles with a triumph of 22nd-ranked Greg Andrews of Notre Dame before claiming a second win at the position the following day against BYU, teamed up with Eric Frueh to go 1-1 in singles on the weekend. Minnesota's Toledo, Rok Bonin, and Juan Pablo Ramirez gave the team three award winners in 2013.
Hamburg and Froment Ranked
After an 11-2 record in the fall that included runs to the USTA/ITA Division I Men's Central Regional and Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic championship matches, as well as a seven-match winning streak, junior doubles duo Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment will entered the spring as the 47th-ranked tandem in the nation.
After serving as the Gophers' No. 1 doubles team in 2013, Hamburg and Froment entered the spring with an 18-10 overall record together. Because Minnesota's other two doubles teams lost, the two did not get to complete its first match against OSU. Last weekend, they fell 6-3 to No. 21 Greg Andrews and Alex Lawson of Notre Dame before garnered their first win, a 6-2 victory over Francis Sargeant and Sterling Galli of BYU.
Match Format Changes
The dual meet will consist of three doubles matches played first (worth a total of one point), followed by six singles matches, each individual match worth one point. Four points are required to win the team match. The three doubles matches will each consist of one set to six, with no-ad scoring and a tiebreaker at five-all. Once a team has won two doubles matches, the remaining doubles match shall not be completed. Six singles matches will follow the doubles. Each singles match is best two out of three sets, with each set using no-ad scoring, and a tiebreaker at five-all in each set. Once one team has earned four total points, the remaining singles matches shall not be completed and the dual meet will end.
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.