Senior Raoul Schwark won his opening-round singles match and senior Pierre Dumas and freshman Tobias Wernet each posted 1-1 records during day one at the Princeton Invitational Friday.
Schwark, the tournament’s top seed and college tennis’ No. 41st-ranked player, received an opening-round bye, then needed three sets to defeat Columbia’s Jonathan Wong 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach Saturday’s semifinals.
Schwark will also combine with Wernet in doubles on Saturday.
Wernet was victorious in this first-round singles match, defeating Jeff Dawson of Yale 6-3, 6-4, but fell to Alex Vuckovic of Princeton in the quarterfinals 6-7 (5), 6-7 (7) as both sets went to tie-breakers.
Dumas also went 1-1 on the day, defeating Penn’s Alex Vasin 6-4, 6-4 before taking No. 2 seed Peter Capkovic of Princeton to three sets. Dumas won the first set 6-4 an appeared poised for an upset. But Capkovic rallied to take sets two (6-0) and three (2-6) to win the match.
The Gophers will continue play at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday.
Princeton Invitational Minnesota Singles Results
Raul Schwark (Minn.) Bye
Tobias Wernet (Minn.) def. Jeff Dawson (Yale) 6-3, 6-4
Pierre Dumas (Minn.) def. Alex Vasin (Penn.) 6-4, 6-4
(1) Raul Schwark (Minn.) def. Jonathan Wong (Columbia) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Alex Vuckovic (Princeton) def. Tobias Wernet (Minn.) 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7)
(2) Peter Capkovic (Princeton) def. Pierre Dumas (Minn.) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2