March 27, 2014
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The No. 50 Minnesota men's tennis team will continue conference play when it faces No. 41 Purdue and No. 65 Indiana this weekend on the road. The Gophers take on the Boilermakers Friday at noon CT and will take on the Hoosiers Sunday at 11 a.m. CT.
Minnesota, which dipped below .500 for a brief stretch, recovered to win its last two matches to improve to 8-7. The Gophers earned their first shutout win of the season in their lone match on their Spring Break trip to Florida Gulf Coast before downing Nebraska at home to improve to 2-1 in Big Ten play. The victory at FGCU was their first on the road this season.
Purdue is off to a solid 9-3 start with a 1-1 mark in Big Ten play. After a 2-1 trip to the San Diego Invite last week, the Boilermakers dropped one spot from No. 40 to No. 41 in the rankings. The No. 40 rank was PU's highest in school history. Ricky Medinilla (2-3 at the position) and Szymon Tatarczyk (2-2 at the position) have been the team's primary No. 1 singles players. Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne are the Boilermakers' top doubles pairing. Purdue is 6-0 at home.
Indiana, which plays host to Wisconsin Friday, comes into the weekend with a 10-10 overall record that includes nine wins and five losses at home. The Hoosiers have dropped both of their Big Ten matches to this point, falling to highly-ranked foes Ohio State and Northwestern. Sam Monette is the team's top singles player--he is 11-8 in the year with a 3-4 ledger at No. 1 and is ranked 93rd in the nation. Monette and Daniel Bednarczyk, 13-5 with a 4-2 record in the top spot, make up the nation's 66th-ranked doubles combination.
Against the This Weekend's Opponents
With a 6-1 win over Indiana and a 5-2 win over Purdue in 2013, Minnesota holds a 41-27 all-time edge against Indiana and a 48-7 all-time record against Purdue.
Tough at the Top
The Gophers lineup has been especially strong in the top four spots this season. At positions Nos. 1-4, Minnesota has posted a 37-19 record. Leandro Toledo, the 66th-ranked singles player in the nation, is 11-4 at No. 1 and fellow German Ruben Weber is 8-4 at No. 2. At No. 3, Jack Hamburg has a amassed a 9-4 ledger, while his doubles partner, Mathieu Froment has gone 8-5 at No. 4.
Hamburg and Froment Keep Rolling
Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment have been a force to be reckoned with at No. 1 doubles this season. The duo lost its first completed match of the season, but has won 10-straight since to earn a 10-1 record and reach the No. 19 spot in the national rankings. The tandem got as high as No. 16.
Match Format Update
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.
Gophers Headline Aquatennial
The University of Minnesota had a combination of 17 former and current Gopher student-athletes who competed at the 21st Aquatennial Tennis Classic this past week.
Gophers Compete in US Open Qualifier
Six University of Minnesota tennis student-athletes and head coach Chuck Merzbacher competed in the US Open Sectional Qualifier, this weekend at the Baseline Tennis Center.
Baseline Hosting US Open Sectional Qualifier
The Baseline Tennis Center is hosting a US Open Sectional Qualifier with six current Gopher tennis players participating.