May 1, 2013
The University of Minnesota men’s tennis team (14-10) will face Virginia Commonwealth (20-6) in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship. The team will travel to Charlottesville, Va. for the regional hosted by No. 2 Virginia.
The Gophers received an at-large big after finishing the Big Ten season tied for second with a 9-2 record, while VCU earned an automatic qualification by winning the Atlantic 10 Conference crown.
The two teams will meet in the morning session of the Charlottesville Regional at the Snyder Tennis Center on May 10. The match will begin at 9 a.m. CT with the winner advancing to the second round to face either Fairleigh Dickinson or host Virginia.
Minnesota and VCU squared off earlier in the season as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Athens, Ga. The Rams came away with a 5-2 victory.
The Golden Gophers will be making their 19th overall and fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament event. The Maroon and Gold lost in the first round of the tournament last year to then No. 20 Tulsa.
Tournament matches will be regulation dual matches with three eight-game, pro-set doubles played for one team point, followed by six singles matches, each valued at one team point, played best of three sets. Regular scoring will be used and a 12-point tiebreaker will be played at eight games all in doubles and at six games all in singles.
2013 NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP - CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL
Friday, May 10
9 a.m. VCU (20-6) vs. Minnesota (14-10)
12 p.m. Virginia (24-0) vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (9-7)
Friday, May 10
2 p.m. Second Round
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.