Minnesota Returns to Host Drake, Washington
March 1, 2013
Hot off a trip to Madison, the Golden Gopher men’s tennis team returns home to Baseline Tennis Center for two matches this weekend. First, No. 66 Minnesota will welcome No. 27 Drake on Friday night for a match at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, No. 14 Washington travels to campus on Sunday for a noon meeting.
In the newly released rankings, senior Rok Bonin sits at the No. 48 rank among the nation’s best singles competitors. Leandro Toledo moved up 16 spots since the last poll to No. 94. The Maroon and Gold are looking to improve upon its current 3-6 overall record.
The Gophers and the Bulldogs first got a taste of each other in the fall, battling in multiple tournaments. Drake boasts three ranked singles players as part of its roster. Leading the way is senior Anis Ghorbel who comes in just below Bonin at No. 49. Senior James McKie trails Toledo at No. 96 and sophomore Alen Salibasic falls in at No. 121. The Bulldogs also have strength on the doubles side as Ghorbel and McKie combine for the No. 51-ranked duo in the country. Coming into the weekend, the team carries an 11-1 overall record to the season and has not lost a match since its season opener against Florida State on Jan. 26.
With a current 9-4 record to the spring campaign, Washington comes into the weekend looking for its fourth-straight victory. The Huskies trip to Minneapolis will be the first time in over a month the team has hit the road for competition. Washington squad is anchored by ranked seniors Kyle McMorrow, who holds the No. 19 spot, and Marton Bots, who despite not competing the last time out is ranked at No. 116.