Gophers Return to the Court Wednesday vs UCF
March 12, 2018

Minnesota (8-3, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. UCF (4-6, 0-0 American)
Wednesday, March 14, 6 p.m ET
 Location USTA National Campus, Orlando, Fla.
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 Weather Sunny, 64°/43°, 0% rain chance, NW 12 mph, 35% humidity
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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Gopher Men’s Tennis Team will return to competition Wednesday after a well-earned 10-day break in the schedule as the team faces off with UCF on Wednesday.

No. 29 Minnesota (8-3) enters the week having won six straight duals. Last week, the Gophers had three players ranked in singles play in the ITA Division I Men’s rankings as well as one doubles team.

Now, Where Were We?
After a 10-day break, Minnesota enters the week with six-straight victories and turned the calendar to March with a pair of victories over Washington and Portland. The Huskies are currently 8-7 this season after the Gophers collected a 4-3 victory over them. Portland, the top team in the West Coast Conference a season ago, fell to 6-6 after being up-ended 4-3 by Minnesota. In each outing, the Gophers dropped the doubles point and came back from behind with four singles victories. Felix Corwin, Matic Spec, and Stefan Milicevic were both 2-0 on the week for Minnesota.

Doubles, Anyone?
The Gophers joined the Stonehill Women’s Tennis team for some doubles play on Sunday. Stonehill College competes in the Northeast 10 Conference in NCAA Division II.

Gophers in the Rankings
In winning six straight, Minnesota has streaked up the ITA rankings, now No. 29 as of last Wednesday’s release, with another to come ahead of the team’s afternoon tilt this week. Three Gophers are now ranked in the singles rankings – no. 59 Stefan Milicevic, no. 88 Felix Corwi, and no. 105 Matic Spec. Corwin is 8-1 on the dual season and 6-1 since moving to the no. 1 position. Spec is 7-1 this spring, while Milicevic is now 5-5. Corwin and Spec are also ranked as a double pair, currently 66th in the nation.

Returning All-Big Ten
Minnesota returns three All-Big Ten honorees from a season ago in Spec, Corwin, and Krstanovic. Spec landed on the First Team All-Big Ten with a 21-16 overall mark and 6-6 mark against conference foes. Corwin landed on the Second Team All-Big Ten with a 23-13 mark and a 7-6 conference record.   Krstanovic posted a 21-9 record in his sophomore season and earned Minnesota’s Big Ten Sportsmanship award.

Scouting the Knights Website | @UCF_MTennis
UCF (4-6) has dropped its last four duals but took defending National Champion Virginia to seven decisions before succumbing 4-3 last time out … the Knights finished 16-7 last season with a 1-2 mark in the AAC … Director of Tennis John Roddick is in his second season as the head coach of UCF … senior Korey Lovett represented the Knights last year at the NCAA Championships. He is currently 5-5 at first singles … freshman Alan Rubio is 4-1 at third singles and 5-3 overall this season and ranked no. 124 in last week’s ITA singles rankings … Lovett and freshman Eero Vasa are currently 8-0 as a doubles team and rank no. 11 nationally … this will be the first meeting between the Gophers and Knights.

First serve between Minnesota and UCF is set for 5 p.m. CT.

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