The No. 55 Minnesota men’s tennis team will open its Big Ten Tournament with a contest against Indiana in East Lansing, Mich. The Gophers, who went 5-6 in the conference, will start off with a match against Indiana, the No. 10 seeded Indiana at 2 p.m. CT. The winner of that match will play No. 2 seed Illinois in the tournament quarterfinal at 2 p.m. Friday.
About the Big Ten Tournament
All 12 conference teams travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament. The tournament, hosted by Michigan State University, will begin on Thursday and conclude with the championship match on Sunday.
Matches begin at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday with eighth-seeded Michigan State taking on ninth-seeded Nebraska and fifth-seeded Northwestern going against No. 12 seed Iowa. At 2 p.m., seventh-seeded Minnesota will square off with No. 10 seed Indiana and sixth-seeded Michigan will battle No. 11 seed Wisconsin.
Friday’s quarterfinals will begin at 10 a.m., with top-seeded Ohio State facing the winner of Michigan State-Nebraska, and fourth-seeded Purdue taking on the winner of Northwestern-Iowa. Second-seeded Illinois will take on Minnesota or Indiana, while third-seeded Penn State will face the winner of Michigan-Wisconsin at 2 p.m.
The tournament semifinals are scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The championship match will be played on Sunday at Noon and be broadcast on tape delay by BTN on May 8 at 7 p.m. ET.
Coming off a 15-11 season in which it went 9-2 in league play, the Gophers finished the 2014 regular season with an 11-12 overall record and a 5-6 mark in the conference. The Gophers faced a tough schedule this season, playing 16 of their 23 matches against ranked opponents, winning seven.
Leandro Toledo has been the team’s top singles player, going 17-6 and the No. 1 position and picking up two Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week Awards. He is ranked 42nd in the nation. Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment have been the team’s top doubles tandem, going 24-4 overall and 13-2 on the spring (including a 13-match win streak) to jump to No. 27 in the national rankings.
Indiana enters the Big Ten Tournament with a 15-16 overall record that includes a 3-8 ledger within the Big Ten. IU is ranked 67th in the country in the latest ITA Rankings.
The Hoosiers are led in doubles by the nation’s No. 53 pairing of Sam Monette and Daniel Bednarczyk, who are 8-3 at No. 1 and 17-6 overall. Monette is the team’s top singles player with a 14-9 spring singles record that puts him at No. 113 in the nation.
Gophers in the Big Ten
After posting a 9-2 record against conference competition last season, Minnesota went 5-6 in the Big Ten this year.
-February 16 at Iowa (L 3-4)
-March 1 vs. No. 49 Wisconsin (W 5-2)
-March 23 vs. No. 60 Nebraska (W 5-2)
-March 28 at No. 41 Purdue (L 1-6)
-March 30 at No. 65 Indiana (W 4-3)
-April 4 vs. No. 1 Ohio State (L 2-5)
-April 6 vs. No. 24 Penn State (L 1-4)
-April 11 vs. No. 50 Michigan (W 5-2)
-April 13 vs. Michigan State (W 5-2)
-April 18 at No. 10 Illinois (L 1-5)
-April 20 at No. 35 Northwestern (L 0-7)
Against the Hoosiers
Minnesota holds a 42-27 all-time edge against Indiana after taking down the then-No. 65 Hoosiers, 4-3, in Bloomington, Ind. back on March 30.
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 Named to ITA All-Academic Team
The University of Minnesota men’s tennis team was named a 2016 Intercollegiate Association (ITA) All-Academic team.
Gophers Headline Aquatennial
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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.