Minnesota improved to 12-0 at home and knocked off its eighth ranked opponent of the season with a 6-1 victory over Indiana on Friday at the Baseline Tennis Center.
The 33rd-ranked Gophers swept the doubles matches and took four straight set singles victories in running their record to 15-4 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten. Indiana, ranked 43rd nationally, fell to 11-10 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten after entering the match in a third place tie with the Gophers. Minnesota faces 12th-ranked and Big Ten unbeaten Illinois on Sunday at noon at the Baseline Tennis Center.
Minnesota’s Ishay Hadash won the featured match and tightest match of the day at No. 1 singles, outlasting 85th ranked Lachlan Ferguson in a third-set super-tiebreaker. Hadash, ranked 60th in the country, pulled out a 6-1, 6-7, (10-7) victory.
Hadash and Sebastian Gallego clinched the doubles point for the Gophers with an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles after Phillip Arndt and Michael Sicora cruised to an 8-3 victory at No. 3. Julian Dehn and Tobias Wernet followed with an 8-6 win at No. 2.
Dino Bilankov gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Maxime Armengaud at No. 4 singles. Gallego added a 6-0, 6-3 win over Jeremy Langer at No. 3 and Sicora clinched the team victory with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph at No. 5. Wernet also prevailed in straight sets with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Santiago Gruder at No. 2.
Dehn suffered Minnesota’s only loss with a 6-3, 6-4 setback to Will Kendall at No. 6.
#33 Minnesota 6, #43 Indiana 1
4/3/2009 at Minneapolis, Minn.
(Baseline Tennis Center)
1. Ishay Hadash/Sebastian Gallego (MINN) def. Santiago Gruder/Jeremy Langer (IND) 8-6
2. Julian Dehn/Tobias Wernet (MINN) def. Stephen Vogl/Lachian Ferguson (IND) 8-6
3. Phillip Arndt/Michael Sicora (MINN) def. Guy Kubi/Will Kendall (IND) 8-3
1. #60 Ishay Hadash (MINN) def. #85 Lachian Ferguson (IND) 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Tobias Wernet (MINN) def. Santiago Gruder (IND) 6-4, 6-4
3. Sebastian Gallego (MINN) def. Jeremy Langer (IND) 6-0, 6-3
4. Dino Bilankov (MINN) def. Maxime Armengaud (IND) 6-3, 6-1
5. Michael Sicora (MINN) def. Guy Kubi (IND) 6-3, 6-4
6. Will Kendall (IND) def. Julian Dehn (MINN) 6-3, 6-4
Indiana 11-10, 3-2 Big Ten; National ranking #43
Minnesota 15-4, 4-1 Big Ten; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,5,2,6,1)