Sept. 18, 2013
2013-14 Men's Tennis Schedule
The University of Minnesota men's tennis program announced its 2013-14 schedule Wednesday. The Golden Gophers, under head coach Geoff Young in his eighth season with the team, went 15-11 last season with a 9-2 mark in the Big Ten before ending the season with a second-round NCAA Tournament loss to eventual national champion Virginia.
The Gophers will send players to five fall tournaments in October and November before beginning their spring season in January. Minnesota will play at least 10 teams who qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament in 2014.
The first action of the 2013-14 season will see Leandro Toledo travel to Tulsa, Okla. to play in the ITA Men's All-American Championships Oct. 3-6. Five more Gophers will head to Tulsa from Oct. 17-21 to compete in the ITA Central Region Tournament. Fall tennis picks up Oct. 25-27 when Minnesota travels to Purdue for the Big Ten Singles Tournament.
The following week, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Penn, Dartmouth, Princeton, Denver, Western Michigan, and DePaul will join the Minnesota at the Baseline Tennis Center for the Gopher Invitational.
The fall season wraps up Nov. 8-10 when the Gophers travel to Tampa, Fla. to play in the The Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Claycourt Tennis Tournament at the Lakewood Ranch Tennis Club.
Minnesota will kick off its spring season Jan. 19 with a trip to Stillwater, Okla. to take on Oklahoma State. Later that week, the Gophers will participate in the ITA National Team Indoor Regional at Kentucky. There, the team will take on Notre Dame and either the host Wildcats or BYU the following day.
After returning from Kentucky, the Gophers will open their home schedule with a five-match homestand beginning Jan. 31 with matches against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Marquette. Minnesota will also welcome Arkansas, Tulsa, and Harvard to the Baseline Tennis Center before hitting the road again. The Gophers were 8-2 at home a season ago.
Just like the spring season itself, Minnesota will open Big Ten play away from home. The Gophers will travel to border rival Iowa Feb. 16 and will sandwich a home nonconference match against Drake between their clash with the Hawkeyes and a visit from Wisconsin March 1.
Nonconference play will continue when the Gophers head west to play Washington March 7 and Boise State March 9 and will conclude over spring break when they go to Fort Myers, Fla. to take on Florida Gulf Coast.
Big Ten play picks back up March 23 at home against Nebraska and ends April 20 at Northwestern. Between those dates, Minnesota will also host Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State and will also play at Purdue, Indiana, and Illinois.
The Big Ten Conference Tournament, which saw the Gophers seeded second a season ago, will be hosted by Michigan State and will run from April 25-27.
Gophers Headline Aquatennial
The University of Minnesota had a combination of 17 former and current Gopher student-athletes who competed at the 21st Aquatennial Tennis Classic this past week.
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.
Baseline Hosting US Open Sectional Qualifier
The Baseline Tennis Center is hosting a US Open Sectional Qualifier with six current Gopher tennis players participating.