Men's Tennis

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The Gophers made it easily to the final but were shut out by a Buckeyes team that won its 78th-straight Big Ten match.
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Mon, 05/02/2011
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For their first two matches in the Big Ten tournament, the Gophers appeared unbeatable. Minnesota breezed through Wisconsin and Indiana, defeating both teams 4-0.

Then they ran into the immovable brick wall that is Ohio State.

A 3-seed entering the tournament, the Gophers handled Wisconsin after receiving a bye in the first round.

The tandem of Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn clinched the doubles point for Minnesota after the teams split the first two matches.

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The Gophers made it easily to the final but were shut out by a Buckeyes team that won its 78th-straight Big Ten match.
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The women open the Big Ten tournament against Iowa.
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Thu, 04/28/2011
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For the second time in the past three seasons, the Minnesota men’s tennis team earned the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament.

This year’s edition of the event will be held at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium at the University of Wisconsin.

On Friday, the Gophers will face the winner of Thursday’s match between 6-seed Wisconsin and 11-seed Penn State, which will likely be Wisconsin, given that Penn State is winless in the conference this year.

Minnesota defeated both teams earlier in the season, with a 5-2 win over Wisconsin and a 6-1 victory over Penn State.

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The women open the Big Ten tournament against Iowa.
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Sebastian Gallego returned from a foot injury in a 4-3 win over No. 18 Illinois.
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Wed, 04/27/2011
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For nearly three weeks, Sebastian Gallego watched from the sideline as his team jostled for playoff positioning during the stretch run of the season — not because he wanted to, but because he had to.

Gallego was suffering the effects of a stress reaction in the lower part of his foot, an injury he sustained in the week leading up to the Feb. 25 match against Drake.

After playing with the injury for more than a month, the two-time team MVP decided to rest the injury as the pain continued to get worse.

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Sebastian Gallego returned from a foot injury in a 4-3 win over No. 18 Illinois.
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In singles, the Buckeyes won every set but one.
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Mon, 04/18/2011
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Minnesota entered this past weekend with just four matches remaining on the schedule, and with postseason implications on the line, each of the four would be important.

First on the agenda was unranked Penn State, and the Gophers made sure to handle business.

Minnesota jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead by sweeping the doubles matches, Julian Dehn tacked on another point after winning 6-3, 6-3 in No. 5 singles and Phillip Arndt was quick to follow, posting a 6-2, 6-4 victory in No. 4 singles.

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In singles, the Buckeyes won every set but one.
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Tobias Wernet is Minnesota's only ranked player at No. 101; Ohio State has seven players in the ITA top-125.
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Thu, 04/14/2011
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The No. 24 Minnesota men’s tennis team welcomes Penn State and No. 2 Ohio State this weekend for what will be the final two regular season home matches of the year.

The Buckeyes are in the midst of a 72-match win streak in the Big Ten. Seven players on their 12-man roster are ranked in the ITA Top 125, with freshman Blaz Rola currently ranked fifth nationally.

Penn State, conversely, is still searching for its first Big Ten win of the season.

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By age eight, Tobias Wernet was playing in the ITF against kids three years his senior; now a senior in college, he leads Minnesota with 13 wins.
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Tue, 04/12/2011
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Senior Tobias Wernet values team goals more than individual ones.

How about killing two birds with one stone?

Minnesota is No. 20 in the nation with a 14-3 overall and 5-1 conference record, and Wernet leads the team with 13 victories.

After a disappointing tournament season in the fall, the Germany native returned home to work on his game with an emphasis on conditioning and serving.

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By age eight, Tobias Wernet was playing in the ITF against kids three years his senior; now a senior in college, he leads Minnesota with 13 wins.
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The Minnesota men’s team led 3-0 early Sunday against Purdue, but a charge by the Boilermakers made things interesting.
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Mon, 04/11/2011
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After jumping out to a 3-0 lead Sunday, it appeared the Minnesota men’s tennis team would cruise to a much-needed victory over Purdue.

Not so fast.

In the matter of an hour, the Gophers watched their 3-0 lead dissolve and found themselves tied at 3 with the Boilermakers, the outcome contingent on the No. 6 singles match, where an unlikely hero rescued the Gophers from near-catastrophe.

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The Minnesota men’s team led 3-0 early Sunday against Purdue, but a charge by the Boilermakers made things interesting.
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The women play the same teams as the men - Indiana and Purdue - but on the road.
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Thu, 04/07/2011
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The red-hot Minnesota men’s tennis team will be opening up a four-match homestand this weekend against Indiana and Purdue.

The Gophers are in the midst of a five-match winning streak, with four of the victories coming over ranked opponents.

“It’s very interesting to see the guys battle and compete as hard as they do. It’s been amazing really to see how they fight for each other,” assistant head coach Urban Ljubic said. “We kind of expected to win these matches. It’s a great thing, and we’re on our way to do great things this weekend.”

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The women, meanwhile, look to halt a seven-match losing streak.
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Thu, 03/31/2011
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After a pair of wins at home last weekend, the No. 24 Gophers men’s tennis team will begin conference play by traveling to Michigan to try and claim a pair of wins against No. 53 Michigan State and No. 22 Michigan, but the wins won’t be the only thing it’s after.

The other incentive: The Little Brown Jug.

The tennis version of The Little Brown Jug was created in 2006. The Wolverines currently hold the trophy after a 5-2 victory over Minnesota last season and have a 3-2 edge over the Gophers since the jug began circulating.

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On Saturday, Minnesota earned its first sweep this year, 7-0 over Denver.
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Mon, 03/28/2011
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Another weekend, another pair of victories.

The No. 22 Minnesota men’s tennis team improved its record to 11-2 this past weekend with back-to-back wins over Northwestern and Denver.

“Any Big Ten win is a good win. They’re a good team,” head coach Geoff Young said after the Northwestern victory.

Sebastian Gallego and Phillip Arndt climbed out of 7-4 and 8-7 deficits to clinch the doubles point for Minnesota against the Wildcats.

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On Saturday, Minnesota earned its first sweep this year, 7-0 over Denver.
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