April 30, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee has selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis championships and Minnesota men’s tennis junior Leandro Toledo has qualified for the singles competition, while fellow third-year players Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment were among seven alternate doubles pairings.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 15-20. Georgia will serve as host.
All matches shall be the best-of-three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches.
Toledo, who is ranked No. 38 in the latest national singles rankings, has a 23-9 overall record in 2013-14 with an 18-6 mark—playing all 24 of Minnesota’s dual matches at the No. 1 position—in the spring. Toledo was one of four unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selections, going 8-3 in conference play with a 7-3 ledgers against ranked opponents.
The Hamburg, Germany native is the 26th Minnesota to qualify for the NCAA Singles Tournament. Current student assistant coach Rok Bonin became the first Gopher to make the cut since 2009 as a senior last season.
As a doubles tandem, Hamburg and Froment have gone 24-5 with a 13-3 spring record. After going 11-2 in the fall with runs to the USTA/ITA Division I Men's Central Regional and Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic championship matches, the tandem won 13 consecutive matches in the spring and went 6-1 against league opponents.
Should the Gopher combination compete in the NCAA Tournament, it would represent the school’s ninth doubles team to qualify. They are ranked 34th in the nation and reached as high as No. 16 during the season.
Weber Finishes Second at Lakewood
Ruben Weber finished second at Lakewood while Matic Spec and Felix Corwin picked up a consolation win in doubles at the NIIC.
Gophers Closing Out Fall Season
Felix Corwin and Matic Spec are heading to the NIIC to compete in doubles while four other Gophers wrap up their season at Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Alpeza Has Strong Tournament
Marino Alpeza won a doubles match and picked up two singles wins at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend.