Minnesota had first set leads in four of six singles matches, but Raoul Schwark emerged as the only victor as the Gophers suffered a 6-1 men’s tennis loss at San Diego on Monday.
Schwark, ranked 77th nationally, knocked off 43rd-ranked Thomas Liversage 7-5, 7-6 at No. 1 singles. Schwark and Tobias Wernet also battled Liversage and Chris Coetzee, ranked 55th in doubles, to an 8-5 loss at No. 1.
Dino Bilankov and Sebastian Gallego combined for an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles for Minnesota, but the Toreros took the No. 3 doubles match to take the doubles point.
Wernet took the first set from 73rd-ranked Dean Jackson at No. 2 singles, but suffered a 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 loss. Bilankov at No. 4 and Chi Pham at No. 5 both won their respective first sets, but lost in three sets. Gallego lost his No. 3 singles match in three sets as well.
Minnesota is now 2-11 overall, while San Diego, ranked 62nd in the country, is now 7-4 overall. The Gophers return home to face Indiana on Saturday at noon.
San Diego 6, Minnesota 1
Thomas Liversage/Chris Coetzee (USD) def. Raoul Schwark/Tobias Wernet 8-5
Sebastian Gallego/Dino Bilankov (MINN) def. Dean Jackson/Nils Schive 8-6
Charl Wolmarans/Tamer Antabi (USD) def. Chi Pham/Derek Peterson 8-6
Schwark (MINN) def. Liversage 7-5, 7-6
Jackson (USD) def. Wernet 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
Coetzee (USD) def. Gallego 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Wolmarans (USD) def. Bilankov 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Jose Manuel Munoz (USD) def. Pham 5-7, 7-6, 1-0
Schive (USD) def. Pierre Dumas 7-5, 6-3