VThe University of Minnesota Men's Tennis Team was defeated by Wake Forest, 4-3, in Richmond, Va., on Saturday afternoon. The 10th-ranked Golden Gophers fall to 7-1 on the season and will face No. 16 Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday afternoon.
The Demon Deacons began the match by winning the doubles point with three victories. David Loewenthal and Trent Brenden defeated Minnesota's Thomas Haug and Avery Ticer, 9-8 (3), at No. 1 doubles.
In singles, Minnesota claimed wins at the No. 1, 2 and 3 positions, but could not get the needed fourth victory. Haug defeated Loewenthal at No. 1 by the score of 6-4, 6-4 and Aleksey Zharinov got by David Bere, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. Chris Wettengel defeated Derrick Spice at No. 3, 7-5, 6-1.
Wake Forest's Brenden clinched the match for the Demon Deacons as he handed Clay Estes his first loss of the season at No. 6, 6-2, 6-3.
#22 Wake Forest 4, #10 Minnesota 3
No. 1 - Thomas Haug (MN) def. David Loewenthal (WF), 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 - Aleksey Zharinov (MN) def. David Bere (WF), 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 - Chris Wettengel (MN) def. Derrick Spice (WF), 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 - Mike Murray (WF) def. Manuel Lievano (MN), 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 - Brett Ross (WF) def. Avery Ticer (MN), 0-6, 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 - Trent Brenden (WF) def. Clay Estes (MN), 6-2, 6-3
No. 1 - Loewenthal/Brenden (WF) def. Haug/Ticer (MN), 9-8 (3)
No. 2 - Murray/Spice (WF) def. Lievano/Estes (MN), 8-6
No. 3 - Ross/Bere (WF) def. Wettengel/Zharinov (MN), 9-7