May 8, 2012
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The University of Minnesota men's tennis team held their annual awards banquet yesterday evening at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis.
Junior Rok Bonin received the Phil Brain Memorial award as the team's most valuable player. The Koper, Slovenia native was 15-8 overall and 13-6 in dual matches. He was a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and posted a 7-5 record at No. 1 singles. He was also 1-0 at second singles and 5-1 at the third position. Bonin also played No. 1 doubles with teammate Julian Dehn. The duo went 18-6 this year and was 15-4 in dual matches. They enter this week’s NCAA tournament ranked No. 37 in the nation.
Dehn received the Bob McNamara Unsung Player of the Year award and the Team Spirit award. Dehn is tied for first on the team with 23 wins and he leads the Gophers with a 14-5 record in dual matches. He went 10-1 in Big Ten singles play and partners with Bonin to form Minnesota’s No. 1 doubles team. Dehn has a 79-39 career record in doubles play, which ties him for the second-most wins in doubles play in program history (81 wins is the school record).
Freshman Leandro Toledo won the Len Bailey award, which is presented to the player who shows the most grit and determination. Toledo is 23-10 overall, 12-7 in dual matches and 7-4 in conference play. Between the fall and spring, Toledo played in 16 matches that needed three sets and he was 11-5 in those matches. Toledo was also 13-3 in doubles play with Juan Pablo Ramirez this spring.
Freshman Jack Hamburg received the Jerry Noyce Most Improved Player award. Hamburg missed the entire fall season with an injury. He then posted a 10-6 record in dual matches and was 6-4 in the Big Ten. Hamburg was 1-0 at fourth singles, 4-4 at the fifth slot and 6-1 at No. 6 in his first year as a Gopher.
Tobias Wernet, who is the team's undergraduate student assistant coach, was honored with the Louis Ratner Memorial Award. The award is presented to a player or person who has made an outstanding contribution to Golden Gopher Tennis. Wernet is only the second non-player to receive the award since it was first given out in 1974. Bob Rohde, the team’s strength and conditioning coach, received it last year. Wernet, who played for Minnesota from 2007-11, has now won the Louis Ratner Memorial Award, Phil Brain Memorial award (twice) and the Team Spirit award (three times) while associated with the program.
The Gophers are 13-7 this year and ranked No. 36 entering the NCAA tournament. Minnesota, which is playing in its fourth consecutive NCAA tournament, faces No. 20 Tulsa in the first round on Friday at 11 a.m. in Norman, Okla. The winner of the match will face either No. 12 Oklahoma or UMKC.
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.