March 21, 2014
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The No. 50 Minnesota men’s tennis team gets back to action in the Big Ten Sunday when it hosts No. 60 Nebraska at noon at the Baseline Tennis Center in its third Big Ten match of the year.
Minnesota is off to a 7-7 start to the season with a 1-1 mark in the Big Ten after taking a nine-day hiatus from match play before blanking Florida Gulf Coast, 7-0, on its spring break trip. Much of the Gophers’ success this season has come at home as the team has racked up a 6-2 record at the Baseline Tennis Center. Minnesota, which lost to Iowa and beat Wisconsin in conference play, is 4-4 against ranked teams.
Nebraska opens conference Friday at home against Wisconsin after going 8-6 in non-Big Ten matches. The Cornhuskers will enter Sunday with a 5-3 record on the road. The team is led by sophomore Dusty Boyer, who is 8-3 at the No. 1 singles position and is 2-0 at No. 2. Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch have been the Huskers’ primary duo in the top flight, going 6-8.
Against the Cornhuskers
Minnesota and Nebraska have had 13 all-time meetings. The Gophers lost the first two, but have won the last 11, including a 5-2 triumph in 2013 in Lincoln, Neb. in the teams’ last meeting.
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 11-3 on the year. He climbed back into the national rankings at No. 80 and now sits at No. 72. He is 3-1 against ranked opponents.
Hamburg and Froment Moving 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 match tiebreaker played in place of a third set.