March 17, 2014
The Minnesota men's tennis team will pick up play after a nine-day hiatus from match play when it takes on Florida Gulf Coast at 4 p.m. Monday in its lone contest on its spring break trip. The match will be the team's last in non-conference action this season as the team takes on Nebraska at home Sunday at noon.
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 its last weekend of play in which it fell to Washington and Boise State. Minnesota is 6-7 overall with a 4-4 ledger against ranked opponents.
About Florida Gulf Coast
Like the Gophers, the Eagles are 6-7 on the year, but they come into Monday's match having won three of their past four matches. They are 1-2 in the Atlantic Sun Conference action. Playing in the comforts of home, FGCU is 4-3. Jordi Vives is the Eagles' top player with a 10-1 record in singles and an 8-3 mark in doubles with teammate Dean Tsamas. In singles, Vives is ranked 93rd in the nation.
The Gophers and Eagles will play for the first time ever Monday.
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 10-3 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 nine completed matches, including a 6-4 triumph over No. 17 Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster of Harvard to move up to No. 16 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 27-11.
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