The Minnesota men’s and women’s tennis teams went up against top competition at the ITA Kick-Off over the weekend in the hope of extending their undefeated records to open their 2015 campaigns.
Save for a men’s vicotry against Michigan, the teams seemingly couldn’t keep up with their talented opponents.
The women’s team opened its weekend against No. 3 North Carolina, losing the competition by a final score of 4-0.
The men’s team beat Marquette and South Dakota State on Saturday.
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Dropping just one match Saturday against two opponents, the Gophers men’s tennis team began the season with a 2-0 record — the first time since 2009.
The Gophers hosted Marquette University and South Dakota State University and were able to dominate the doubles competition in both meets, which gave them a one-point lead going into the singles competition.
Head coach Geoff Young said he always watches the doubles competition carefully.
Senior Leandro Toledo now has a 7-2 record in fall play this season.
For Leandro Toledo, the Saint Francis Health System Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships were a chance to prove himself to be better than the No. 22 ranking he earned before play began.
He did just that.
The senior upset No. 13 Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA 6-4, 3-6. 6-3 and finished 2-1 in the tournament.
However, Toledo dropped his round of 16 match on Saturday against No. 20 Romain Bogaerts from Wake Forest 6-0, 6-2.
Senior Leandro Toledo will play in the main singles draw on Thursday.
The Monday blues hit the Gophers tennis team hard as senior duo Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment both dropped matches in the first round of qualifying play at the Saint Francis Health Systems ITA Men’s All-American Championships.
Hamburg lost his match to North Carolina State’s Robbie Mudge, while Froment lost to Dartmouth product Dovydas Sakinis.
Hamburg and Froment will get their shot at redemption on Thursday when the two compete in the main doubles draw.