March 6, 2014
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After halting a three-match losing skid with back-to-back wins against top-50 opponents, the No. 42 Minnesota men's tennis team will travel to Washington and Boise State this weekend for a pair of non-conference matches. The Gophers play the Huskies Friday at 7 p.m. and the Broncos Sunday at 1 p.m.
Minnesota's season has been a streaky one in terms of wins and losses thus far--the Gophers lost their first two matches before winning four-straight, losing three in a row (all by 4-3 scores), and coming up victorious in their last two matches entering the weekend. Minnesota is 4-3 against ranked opponents and will seek its second win in a row.
Washington enters Friday's match with a 6-6 record after falling to Boise State in its last match. The Huskies, who started out 2-4, have won four out of their last six matches. In dual-match play, UW, which started the season ranked 36th in the country, is 6-7 in doubles and 11-16 in singles. Max Manthou and Emmett Egger have played a majority of the team's matches at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions.
About Boise State
After starting the season 1-2, Boise State vaulted up the national rankings with a nine-match winning streak, pushing its record to 10-3. BSU is 1-1 at home, but hasn't played there since Jan. 17. No. 83 Andrew Bettles is 6-5 on the season at No. 1 while Brendan McClain is 11-2 with all but one match coming at No. 5. McClain and Garrett Patton are 5-5 at No. 1 doubles.
Toledo Earns B1G Honor, Rejoins Rankings
Gopher junior Leandro Toledo picked the Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week award for the second time in his career in the team's second week of play. 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. Minnesota's Toledo, Rok Bonin, and Juan Pablo Ramirez gave the team three award winners in 2013.
Since winning the award, Toledo pushed his win streak to six and is now 8-3 on the year. He climbed back into the national rankings at No. 80 and now sits at No. 84.
Hamburg and Froment Move Up
After an 11-2 record in the fall that put them at No. 47 entering the spring season, doubles partners Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment were unable to finish their first match and dropped their second match, but have won their last eight matches, including a 6-4 triumph over No. 17 Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster of Harvard to move up to No. 22 in the ITA rankings.
After serving as the Gophers' No. 1 doubles team in 2013, Hamburg and Froment entered the spring with an 18-10 overall record together--they are now 26-11.
Hamburg Heating Up
In addition to being 8-1 with an eight-match win streak in doubles with Mathieu Froment, Jack Hamburg has also been reliable at No. 3 singles. The Rapid City, S.D. native is currently on a seven-match win streak and is 7-2 on the season. Two of his wins have come against ranked opponents.
Match Format Changes
The experimental scoring format using to begin the college tennis season has reverted back to the old system as of Feb. 10 for the women. From this point forward, there will be three doubles matches using eight-game pro-sets and the team winning at least two of the matches gets one team point. If the pro-set is tied 7-7, a seven-point tiebreaker is played. If one team wins two doubles matches, the third match will go unfinished.
Six singles matches are then played and each are worth one team point. The matches are best-of-three sets with tiebreakers played to seven points if the set is tied 6-6. Once a team has reached four team points, it has clinched the team victory. The remaining matches are completed with a 10-point match tiebreaker played in place of a third set.
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