April 3, 2013
For the second week in a row, a member of the University of Minnesota men’s tennis team has been named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week. Picking up his first career weekly award, Sophomore Leandro Toledo was tabbed as this week’s honoree, the conference office announced today.
Toledo aided the Gophers in their progressive climb up the ITA rankings by going 4-0 in the team’s weekend competitions against No. 26 Northwestern and No. 19 Illinois.
Pairing with teammate Eric Frueh in doubles, Toledo helped secure the team point against Northwestern with an 8-5 victory over Fedor Baev and Alex Pasareanu. He paired with Frueh again against Illinois and was the Gophers' sole winning duo in the doubles competition, downing Ross Guignon and Brian Page, 8-4.
Beginning the week at No. 100 in singles, Toledo proved a force for the Gophers at the second position. In the team’s 4-3 win over the Wildcats, he defeated Raleigh Smith in an extended battle. Rebounding from a second-set loss, Toledo won the third in the deciding singles match for the overall team victory. In Sunday’s match against Illinois, Toledo made another comeback after losing the first set against Jared Hiltzik. He rallied for the upset over the No. 42-ranked individual in a must-win situation for the Gopher singles flight. The win tied the team score at 3-3 and kept the Gophers alive for the eventual win over the Illini.
The No. 37 Golden Gophers face two more road tests this weekend. First the team stops for a match against Penn State on Friday at 2 p.m. On Sunday, Minnesota meets No. 5 Ohio State for a noon battle.
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