It’s back to the west coast for the Minnesota men’s tennis team as matchups with a pair of nationally-ranked Mountain West Conference foes are up next during the Gophers’ spring break trip to San Diego.
Minnesota plays at 44th-ranked San Diego State on Sunday before taking on 59th-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas on Monday. The Gophers are 10-2 overall and ranked 27th in the country after having their eight-match winning streak snapped in a 5-2 loss at Washington last week. Minnesota has already played seven of its 12 matches against nationally-ranked opponents.
Minnesota is 8-0 when winning the doubles point this season and has been led by the tandem of Ishay Hadash and Phillip Arndt, who are 10-2 in doubles, including 6-0 at the No. 2 position.
In singles, Hadash is 8-4 at the No. 1 position, while Tobias Wernet had a three-match winning streak snapped in the loss to Washington to drop to 16-5 overall and 9-2 at No. 2 singles. Julian Dehn has won three straight matches at No. 6 to run his season record 15-9 overall, including 5-1 in dual matches.
The Gophers are playing San Diego State for the fourth time, including the second straight year, as they look to avenge a 5-2 loss to the Aztecs in Tucson, Ariz. last year. San Diego State is currently 5-5 overall.
Minnesota leads the all-time series over Nevada-Las Vegas 4-1 and won the most recent meeting with the Rebels 4-1 in 2000. Nevada-Las Vegas is 9-5 overall and has lost three straight matches.
Sunday’s match with San Diego State starts at 10 a.m. Pacific time, while Monday’s contest with Nevada-Las Vegas is a 12:30 p.m. Pacific time start.