Aug. 17, 2012
Minnesota head coach Geoff Young, along with his coaching staff, announced today the schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The fall slate exhibits five tournaments, while the regular season features 16 duels against teams that finished last season among the national rankings, nine of which ended ahead of Minnesota at No. 36.
The fall kicks into action when select Gopher athletes compete in the first-ever Penn Invitational on Sept. 28 through 30. Oct. 1 begins the preliminary rounds of the ITA All-American tournament in Tulsa, Okla. and the competition spans through Oct. 7. ITA picks up again on the 18th-23rd when Minnesota will host the Division I Men’s Central ITA Regional at Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
The first weekend of November showcases the Gopher Invitational where Drake, Denver, Dartmouth, DePaul and Nebraska will vie against the Gophers. The team’s final trial of the fall takes place at the Lakewood Ranch Invitational in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. over the Nov. 9-11 weekend.
2013 starts with a home match against Northern Illinois on Jan. 20, before the Gophers embark on a four-meet road trip around the country. The ITA Kick-Off Weekend begins on Jan. 25 in Athens, Ga. against Virginia Commonwealth. The Rams finished ahead of the Gophers in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. After claiming their 13th CAA Conference Championship in the last 17 years, Virginia Commonwealth ranked No. 31 in the final poll of the season. The next day, Minnesota will either face Georgia or Vanderbilt, both formidable opponents having finished at No. 5 and No. 40, respectively.
Trips to Tulsa and Arkansas are scheduled for Feb. 1 and 3 before the Maroon and Gold returns to Minneapolis. Minneapolis welcomes Louisville and Boise State for the season’s first weekend at home. The competition promises to be tight as all three teams had similar journeys last year. Louisville edged Minnesota at the No. 34 spot and Boise State trailed slightly at No. 38.
The team will meet Marquette in Rochester on Feb. 16 as a final stop before Big Ten opponents seep into the schedule. On Feb. 23, conference play begins with the Gophers in Madison against the Badgers.
March 1 and 3 will be spent back at Baseline with non-conference contests against Drake (No. 47 finish in 2012) and Washington (No. 28). March 19 marks the final non-conference match-up, with Minnesota beginning a three-match road trip at Miami.
The remainder of 2012-13’s schedule focuses solely on the Big Ten and will feature some heavy competition after seven Big Ten teams earned final ranks among the nation’s elite, four finishing in the Top 25. Minnesota finishes its away swing at Michigan State (No. 53) on March 23 and Michigan (No. 21) the following day. Northwestern makes a trip north to the Twin Cities on March 30 for a noon meet. Last year’s No. 15 team, Illinois, rounds out the month on the 31st.
On April 5, the Gophers are back on the road at Penn State. Two days later, Minnesota moves to Ohio State’s powerhouse in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes finished at No. 4 on the ITA rankings last season and should be one of the most competitive and intense foes for the Gophers in 2013.
The Gophers will host the Indiana Hoosiers (No. 22) on April 12, followed by the Purdue Boilermakers on the 14th before embarking on their final away trip to play Nebraska on the 19th. Minnesota closes out the regular season on April 21 at Baseline Tennis Center against Iowa.
The 2013 Big Ten Tournament is scheduled for April 25 through 28 with Ohio State hosting in Columbus. The Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill. will be the venue for the 2013 NCAA Tournament on May 16 through 27.
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