Men's Tennis

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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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The women will play Iowa for the second week in a row, while the men received a first-round bye.
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Thu, 04/26/2012
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The Gophers women’s tennis team has faced its fair share of difficult tests following a 12-1 start, and it hasn’t always fared well.

Three losses to top-25 teams dropped Minnesota out of contention for a Big Ten title early, but the Gophers weathered the storm and elevated their performance in the regular season’s final weeks.

This weekend, the stakes will be raised as Minnesota competes at the Big Ten championships in Columbus, Ohio.

The sixth-seeded Gophers play Iowa — a team they beat 6-1 last Sunday — in Thursday’s first round.

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The women will play Iowa for the second week in a row, while the men received a first-round bye.
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The men earned the fourth seed in the Big Ten tournament after dominating Nebraska and Iowa.
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Mon, 04/23/2012
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Things haven’t been pretty for the Gophers women’s tennis team over the past month, but Minnesota managed to keep its season intact with a split over the weekend.

Decimated by injuries for a second straight year, the No. 33 Gophers pieced together a 6-1 win against Iowa on Sunday after being crushed 7-0 by Nebraska on Friday.

The split ensured the Gophers (15-7, 5-6 Big Ten) the sixth seed in the Big Ten tournament, which will pit them against Iowa once more in Thursday’s first round.

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The men earned the fourth seed in the Big Ten tournament after dominating Nebraska and Iowa.
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Neither team can win the Big Ten’s regular-season title, but both are playing well down the stretch.
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Thu, 04/19/2012
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The Gophers men’s and women’s tennis teams have enjoyed similarly successful spring seasons to date, but entering the final weekend of conference play, their approaches are polar opposites.

The women, who sit in the middle of the Big Ten at 4-5, seek the sixth seed in the conference’s tournament April 26-29. They can ensure that spot with wins against Nebraska and Iowa this weekend, but they could fall as low as 10th with two losses.

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The men’s team won twice on the road, including a comeback against No. 31 Indiana.
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Mon, 04/16/2012
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As the spring season has progressed, the Gophers women’s tennis team has continued its high level of play against quality opponents.

It just doesn’t have the results to show it.

No. 31 Minnesota split a pair of home matches over the weekend, defeating Indiana 7-0 on Friday and losing to Purdue 4-3 on Sunday.

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The men’s team won twice on the road, including a comeback against No. 31 Indiana.
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The women’s team has lost four of its last five matches, and the men have lost three of four. The men play Indiana and Purdue on the road this weekend.
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Thu, 04/12/2012
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Motivation comes in odd ways.

Prior to the Gophers women’s tennis team’s match at Penn State last Friday, head coach Tyler Thomson promised the team that he would get his cheeks tattooed with the letter ‘M’ for Minnesota if it won all three doubles matches.

Sure enough, the Gophers swept the doubles, and Thomson donned a new look as he watched the team close out a 5-2 win.

“It was like extra motivation for us,” top doubles player Natallia Pintusava said with a laugh.

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The women’s team has lost four of its last five matches, and the men have lost three of four. The men play Indiana and Purdue on the road this weekend.
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Second singles player Leandro Toledo has upset four top-35 opponents this season.
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Wed, 04/11/2012
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Leandro Toledo is calm, quiet and aggressive on the tennis court.

The 6-foot-1-inch freshman from Hamburg, Germany, doesn’t display the same emotion as his Gophers teammates. Rather than yelling after winning a big point, Toledo opts for a subdued fist pump or, if the point is especially big, a short rally cry — “Let’s go!”

Results tell a different story. In terms of success, Toledo has made more noise than any of his teammates.

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Second singles player Leandro Toledo has upset four top-35 opponents this season.
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Both the men and women’s teams defeated Penn State and lost to Ohio State.
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Mon, 04/09/2012
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Losing six of seven individual matches at home typically isn’t a good result — unless the opponent is Ohio State.

Minnesota fell 6-1 to the third-ranked Buckeyes on Sunday at Baseline Tennis Center. It was the Gophers’ third loss in four matches, but it was the first time since 2008 that it won an individual match against Ohio State.

“Today was a good match,” head coach Geoff Young said Sunday. “I think we played better today than on Friday, but Ohio State’s a really good team, and it’s tough to close them out.”

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Both the men and women’s teams defeated Penn State and lost to Ohio State.
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The women’s team will attempt to end a three-match losing streak against two lower-ranked opponents.
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Thu, 04/05/2012
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It’s not often that a team simply shrugs off two important road losses.

But the No. 47 Gophers men’s tennis team, after losing at Northwestern and Illinois last weekend, is attempting to do just that in preparation for this weekend’s home matches against Penn State and Ohio State.

Head coach Geoff Young said he thinks the team is playing well and with confidence despite the losses, which ended a seven-match winning streak. Minnesota is 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.

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The women lost twice at home, extending their losing streak to 3.
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Mon, 04/02/2012
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The road has not been kind to the Gophers men’s tennis team in 2012, and it delivered its cruelest blow yet over the weekend in Illinois.

No. 36 Minnesota went toe-to-toe with No. 53 Northwestern, losing 4-3 on Saturday in Evanston, Ill., and No. 17 Illinois, losing 4-2 on Sunday in Champaign, Ill.

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