Men's Tennis

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Mon, 01/28/2013
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Minnesota’s men’s tennis team won only four matches all weekend at the ITA Kickoff Opener in Athens, Ga.

The Gophers (1-2) struggled from the start and lost 5-2 to Virginia Commonwealth on Friday. Minnesota on Saturday fell to Vanderbilt 7-0.

“It was a good experience for our team,” head coach Geoff Young said. “Now we know what we need to work on in practice this week.”

Young said every player on the team can improve different elements of his game.

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Minnesota’s Leandro Toledo nearly upset the nation’s No. 5 player.
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Mon, 11/12/2012
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A quiet murmur surrounded the courts at the US Open tennis site in Flushing, N.Y., over the weekend.

The reason for the chatter: Gophers sophomore Leandro Toledo.

Toledo fell in the second round at the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships over the weekend, but he made a name for himself in the process.

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Minnesota’s Leandro Toledo nearly upset the nation’s No. 5 player.
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The Gophers squad only lost one doubles match and fared well on the singles side, too.
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Mon, 11/05/2012
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Gophers head men’s tennis coach Geoff Young said two weeks ago that his doubles pairings needed to gain confidence to take the next step forward.

This weekend might have provided that boost.

The Gophers dominated on the doubles side at the Gopher Invitational and lost one match all weekend.

Young said he was satisfied with the performance, but “that doesn’t necessarily mean we are doing what we need to be doing all the time.”

“It’s most about execution,” he said, “but I think we are doing well out there.”

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The Gophers squad only lost one doubles match and fared well on the singles side, too.
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Leandro Toledo was the only Gophers player to make it past the round of 16.
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Tue, 10/23/2012
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Two weeks ago in Oklahoma, sophomore Leandro Toledo lost in the first round of a tournament and said he knew he could’ve played better.

This week at the ITA Central Regional Championships at the Baseline Tennis Center, he proved it.

Toledo rolled through his first three matches in the tournament and followed up with two more wins to reach the finals.

He credited his serve as the biggest difference-maker in his run through the tournament.

“It was a really big weapon,” Toledo said. “My aggressive play helped a lot as well.”

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Leandro Toledo was the only Gophers player to make it past the round of 16.
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It was the first time in more than a decade a duo reached the main draw for the Gophers.
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Mon, 10/08/2012
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While the majority of students sauntered through campus last week, two Minnesota tennis stars were in Oklahoma making history.

Rok Bonin and Leandro Toledo both qualified for the main draw at the All-American championships in Tulsa, Okla. — the first duo to do so in more than a decade for the Gophers.

However, the run was short-lived as Bonin and Toledo both lost in the first round of the actual tournament.

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Minnesota battled in a weekend tournament at the Cal Nike Invite filled with first-tier teams.
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Mon, 10/01/2012
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It’s not a breeding ground for powerhouse women’s tennis, but Minnesota showed this weekend it can compete with high-powered tennis teams from the West Coast.

Tereza Brichacova cruised into the finals in her singles matches over the weekend at the Cal-Berkeley Invitational. But on Sunday — when she trailed 5-0 in the first set of the finals — she was forced to withdraw in order to make her flight back to the Twin Cities.

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Fri, 07/27/2012
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The Gophers have hired Chuck Merzbacher as their next head women's tennis coach, athletics director Norwood Teague announced Friday.

A Minnesota alum, Merzbacher was Ohio State's head coach for 16 years, leading the Buckeyes to nine NCAA tournament appearances while becoming the winningest coach in program history with 209 wins.

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The men lost 4-2 to Tulsa and the women lost 4-1 to Arizona.
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Fri, 05/11/2012
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The Gophers men's and women's tennis teams saw their seasons end Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament with losses to higher-ranked opponents.

The men fell 4-2 to No. 20 Tulsa in Norman, Okla., while the women fell 4-1 to No. 28 Arizona in Chapel Hill, N.C. Both Gophers teams were ranked 35th nationally.

Senior Phillip Arndt and freshman Jack Hamburg won for the men in singles to even the match at 2-2. Then freshman Leandro Toledo and senior Julian Dehn each lost in third sets to clinch the match for the Golden Hurricanes.

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The men lost 4-2 to Tulsa and the women lost 4-1 to Arizona.
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The men also received a bid and will play Tulsa in the first round. The women play Arizona.
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Tue, 05/01/2012
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The Gophers women's tennis team has earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. The NCAA released the tournament's 64-team bracket Tuesday.

Minnesota will play Arizona in the first round May 11 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Wildcats finished 15-8 overall and 5-5 in the Pac-12 and were most recently ranked 27th in the nation.

The Gophers, who were ranked 34th, finished 16-8 with a 5-6 Big Ten record. They were swept by Illinois -- a team Arizona swept in February -- in the second round of the Big Ten tournament.

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Both teams are expected to make the NCAA tournament despite disappointments at the Big Ten tournament. The men lost to Indiana and the women lost to Illinois.
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Mon, 04/30/2012
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It takes very little to separate Indiana and Minnesota’s men’s tennis teams these days.

Prior to last weekend, the Gophers had gotten the better of the Hoosiers in recent matches — but Friday in the Big Ten tournament’s second round, Indiana struck back.

The Hoosiers knocked the Gophers out of the tournament with a 4-3 comeback win. It was Minnesota’s first loss since April 8 and its first loss to Indiana since April 2011.

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Both teams are expected to make the NCAA tournament despite disappointments at the Big Ten tournament. The men lost to Indiana and the women lost to Illinois.
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