Men's Tennis

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Minnesota split its pair of matches on the women’s side over the weekend.
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Mon, 04/14/2014
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Sunday marked the last time Juan Pablo Ramirez competitively took the court at the Baseline Tennis Center.

The senior walked out a winner, topping Harry Jadun of Michigan State in straight sets.

Ramirez’s win added another tally to the Gophers’ 5-2 win over Michigan State, completing a weekend sweep after Minnesota topped Michigan by the same total Friday night.

“I was really happy for him,” head coach Geoff Young said. “When the team can win and he can win, that’s fun.”

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Leandro Toledo has won his last four matches and is ranked No. 41.
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Thu, 04/10/2014
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Leandro Toledo doesn’t hide from it. He said the thought sits in the back of his mind. It drives him forward and pushes him to improve.

Toledo badly wants to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament this season.

And two victories over top-50 opponents last weekend have him on the cusp of his first NCAA singles appearance.

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Minnesota split a pair of matches on the women’s side over the weekend.
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Mon, 04/07/2014
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No. 51 Minnesota (9-10, 3-4 Big Ten) faced a tough draw this weekend against a pair of top-25 opponents. And it only got tougher for the team, which was without junior Jack Hamburg — one of its top players.

The Gophers lost twice, falling 5-2 to No. 1 Ohio State on Friday and 4-1 to No. 24 Penn State on Sunday at Baseline Tennis Center.

Still, the team was far from discouraged.

“I think we’re really close,” junior Leandro Toledo said. “[This weekend] showed us that we’re right there. We just need a little game-changer.”

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The men's team also rebounded against the Hoosiers on Sunday.
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Mon, 03/31/2014
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The Gophers women’s tennis team entered the weekend hoping for a sweep over two ranked Big Ten opponents.

Minnesota didn’t accomplish its goal, but players and coaches weren’t necessarily disappointed with a split.

The Gophers salvaged the split with a 5-2 victory over No. 35 Indiana on Sunday morning after falling 4-3 to No. 46 Purdue on Friday night.

Minnesota head coach Chuck Merzbacher said he talked to his team about responding after the Purdue loss — a match the team  could have won.

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The Gophers have won two straight matches at the No. 5 singles spot.
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Thu, 03/27/2014
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The Gophers men’s tennis team lost 11 consecutive matches at the No. 5 singles spot to start the season.

Even for a team that doesn’t measure its success with results, that’s hard not to notice.

“We know we’ve been struggling at the bottom of the lineup,” senior Juan Pablo Ramirez said.

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Mon, 03/24/2014
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The Gophers men’s tennis team hadn’t played a home match in nearly a month. It was a clear Sunday afternoon, and the team was happy to be home.

Minnesota, back at the Baseline Tennis Center for the first time in three weeks, used an impressive performance on the doubles side and a few quick wins in singles to top Nebraska 5-2.

“I think the guys were playing aggressive, and we’re doing a pretty good job at keeping up good energy,” head coach Geoff Young said. “It was all around a good match for us.”

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Minnesota’s tennis teams will travel to Florida to play over spring break.
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Thu, 03/13/2014
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Apparently, Gophers do head south for the winter. They just wait until March to do it.

Minnesota’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will head to the Sunshine State next week to take on Florida Golf Coast.

Gophers women’s head coach Chuck Merzbacher said the Big Ten season is supposed to be played outdoors, so most teams from the Midwest and Northeast regions of the U.S. attempt to schedule spring break road trips for the teams to play outside.

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The Gophers lost two matches on the men’s side over the weekend.
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Mon, 03/10/2014
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Gophers women’s tennis head coach Chuck Merzbacher can see the confidence growing in his players.

That’s what three straight wins can do for a team.

Minnesota (10-3) defeated Marquette 6-1 on Saturday to stretch its winning streak to three matches. The Gophers won four straight matches to start the spring season.

“There were some really tough points [on Saturday], and we really hunkered down,” Merzbacher said. “We did a good job when we really needed to get tough.”

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Minnesota is a combined 30-6 at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
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Thu, 03/06/2014
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The Gophers women’s tennis team has made the doubles point an area of emphasis all season, but the depth of the roster might be its best-kept secret.

Minnesota is a combined 30-6 at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles this season — a stark contrast to last season, when that area of the lineup was plagued with injuries and inconsistencies.

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The Gophers won 5-2 on the men’s side and 4-3 on the women’s side.
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Mon, 03/03/2014
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A 4-3 loss to rival Wisconsin was on the minds of players on the Gophers men’s tennis team this weekend.

They were not about to let the Badgers best them again.

“It was probably the toughest loss we’ve had in my career with the Gophers,” junior Leandro Toledo said of the loss last season. “I’d say that redemption was on our mind for sure.”

Minnesota beat Wisconsin 5-2 on Saturday at the Baseline Tennis Center.

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