Men's Tennis

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The men’s team surpassed its win total from all of last season.
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Mon, 03/23/2015
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The Gophers’ trip to Michigan proved to be a forgettable ending to spring break.

After Michigan overpowered the Gophers on Saturday, Minnesota lost to Michigan State by one point on Sunday afternoon.

“We’re going to have to fight for every win we get in the Big Ten. It’s just [going to] be that way pretty much here on out,” head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “We just came up short, but it wasn’t [because of] lack of effort.”

Redshirt junior Julia Courter put forth a consistent effort for the Gophers over the weekend.

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Freshman Felix Corwin recorded two victories over the weekend.
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Mon, 03/09/2015
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A crowd gathered around Court 1 at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday to watch what would be the deciding match between Minnesota and Drake, who were deadlocked 3-3.

“Everyone in the building was nervous,” head coach Geoff Young said.

For the second time in three days, the Gophers needed freshman Felix Corwin to step up and win them the match.

Once again, he delivered.

Corwin’s two singles victories corralled No. 34 Minnesota a 4-2 victory over No. 54 Washington on Friday and a 4-3 victory over the No. 24 Bulldogs Sunday afternoon.

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Leandro Toledo and Felix Corwin are undefeated this season in doubles.
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Thu, 03/05/2015
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It didn’t take long for a partnership to form between Gophers tennis players senior Leandro Toledo and freshman Felix Corwin.

The two have been playing No. 2 doubles together this spring season, generating a chemistry that has resulted in a 7-0 record and three unfinished matches.

Head coach Geoff Young had the duo first playing together in the fall season, but it took until the third match of spring to solidify Toledo and Corwin’s bond.

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The women’s team went undefeated in three matches over the weekend.
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Mon, 03/02/2015
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The Gophers knew heading to Chapel Hill, N.C., that their matches wouldn’t be easy.

And they weren’t.

No. 19 North Carolina dropped the Gophers 4-1, but they bounced back to beat Citadel 7-0.

Against North Carolina, head coach Geoff Young said the team had a slow start in the doubles competition.

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Minnesota will face a top-20 team for just the second time this season.
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Thu, 02/26/2015
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After facing two top-25 teams last weekend, the Gophers will face an even bigger challenge this weekend.

For the second time this season, Minnesota will face a top-20 opponent when it travels to Chapel Hill to take on No. 19 North Carolina.

No. 33 Minnesota, which sits on a 7-3 record, will also compete against Citadel at UNC’s home court.

Head coach Geoff Young said he doesn’t look at how North Carolina ranks because the Tar Heels are a top-10 caliber team in the country.

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Junior Ruben Weber is the No. 3 singles player for the Gophers.
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Thu, 02/19/2015
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Athleticism is in his genes.

But instead of becoming a heptathlete like his father once was, Ruben Weber picked up tennis.

Weber, a native of Alzey, Germany, has carried his success to the U.S. after being named one of the top-ranked under-18 players in Germany.

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Freshman Matic Spec went 9-3 in singles during the fall tennis season.
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Thu, 02/12/2015
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A summer spent with his grandfather opened up a world of opportunity for Gophers freshman standout Matic Spec.

It came through a tennis racquet and ball.

Spec, a freshman from Maribor, Slovenia, first played the sport with his grandfather when he was young.

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Freshman Felix Corwin turned in a comeback victory over the weekend.
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Mon, 02/09/2015
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With the help of freshman Felix Corwin, No. 33 Minnesota kept its focus during each set of Saturday’s match, propelling it to a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin in its first Big Ten contest.

Men’s tennis head coach Geoff Young said Corwin played very well and remained calm throughout the whole match.

Corwin, No. 117 in the nation, fought through two tough sets against Josef Dodridge for the victory.

In the first set, he took an early 3-2 lead before Dodridge fought back. The set eventually headed to a tiebreaker, where Corwin dominated 7-1.

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The men’s team upset No. 24 Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon.
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Mon, 02/02/2015
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Though the temperatures in Minneapolis dipped this weekend, the cold air didn’t seem to cool down the red-hot Gophers.

Off to one of their best starts in the last five years, the Gophers emerged victorious against all three of their opponents this weekend to claim their fourth, fifth and sixth victories this season.

“It’s a lot of tennis,” head coach Geoff Young said. “I thought the guys are playing better and better.”

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Freshman Felix Corwin has proven himself early on in his collegiate career.
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Thu, 01/29/2015
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To end Tuesday’s men’s tennis practice, all team members participated in a rigorous relay race as part of an attempt to improve their conditioning heading into Big Ten play.

While the running itself appeared strenuous, one thing was apparent from the race: The Gophers are a very close-knit unit, as they motivated each other throughout the drill.

Perhaps that’s why Felix Corwin, a freshman on the team, has excelled this year.

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