Minnesota gets back into action following a week off by hosting Drake in a non-conference dual match on Saturday.
The 37th-ranked Gophers are 7-1 all-time against the Bulldogs and the teams meet again this weekend at the Baseline Tennis Center. Saturday's match starts at 5 p.m. and admission is free.
Minnesota snapped a three-match losing streak with a 7-0 win over St. Mary's (Calif.) on Feb. 7. Sebastian Gallego won his singles match to improve to a team-best 10-3 for the season, including a 3-1 mark this spring. Gallego and Phillip Arndt have teamed for a 3-1 record at No. 1 doubles during the dual meet season.
Freshman Rok Bonin is coming off a solid weekend with a win over St. Mary's and the team's only singles victory in a 5-2 loss to Louisville. Bonin and Tobias Wernet also won both of their matches at No. 2 doubles.
Drake is 2-2 this season and dropped a pair of matches last weekend in Denver to Brigham Young and Denver. The Bulldogs had wins earlier this spring over Memphis and Northern Illinois.
Mauricio Ballivian leads the Bulldogs with a 3-1 record this spring at No. 1 singles and a 12-7 mark overall. Ballivian beat Minnesota's Michael Sicora 6-2, 6-2 at the Drake Invitational in the fall.
Also playing for Drake this weekend will be Jonathan Hadash, whose brother, Ishay, is an assistant coach for the Gophers. Jonathan had 10 wins for the Gophers in the fall and transferred at the semester break. He is 1-6 this spring at No. 4 singles for the Bulldogs.
Minnesota won last year's meeting over Drake 6-1 at the Baseline Tennis Center.