After 12 days off, the Minnesota men’s tennis team will head south to face 25th-ranked Miami on Friday. The meeting between the No. 23 Gophers and the Hurricanes will mark the first meeting between the two schools since 2006, when Miami eliminated Minnesota from the NCAA Tournament in the second round.
In their last match, the Gophers had their seven-game win streak halted when they fell 7-0 to then-No. 23 Washington in Seattle on March 5. The loss came a day after Minnesota took down St. Mary’s, 5-2, in a neutral site match. The Gophers are now 8-2 on the spring season.
Miami comes into the match riding a five-game winning streak, which has brought its dual-match season record up to 8-3. Like Minnesota, all of the Hurricanes’ losses have come to opponents ranked inside the top 30 of the Campbell’s/ITA College Tennis Rankings at the time of the match. Miami is 4-1 at home.
In November, both the Gophers and Hurricanes competed at the Metlife Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in Tampa, Fla. In singles play, Minnesota’s Rok Bonin beat Miami’s Christian Blocker and Eduardo Pavia each in straight sets. Julian Dehn took down Carl Sundberg, but lost to the Hurricanes’ Gabriel Flores, and Miami’s Waylon Chin squeaked past the Gophers’ Sebastian Gallego 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
In doubles, Bonin and Tobias Wernet dispatched Sundberg and Omar Aly 8-3 and Bonin and Dehn defeated Pavia and Chin 8-1 en route to a doubles tournament title to wrap up the fall season for the Gophers.
Minnesota will return home after its match on Friday. The Gophers will host Big Ten foe and No. 66 Northwestern on March 25 and will take on Denver the following day. Both matches will take place at the Baseline Tennis Center.