Men's Tennis

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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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Minn. freshman Ben Mirkin’s father is a chemist at Northwestern.
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Thu, 03/24/2011
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The Minnesota men’s tennis team will play its first home match in a month on Friday against Northwestern, a school that has some unusual ties with the Gophers.

For starters, freshman Ben Mirkin hails from Wilmette, Ill., which is just north of Northwestern’s Evanston campus. But that’s not even the half of it.

Mirkin’s father, Chad, is a world-class chemist and is currently a professor of chemistry, medicine and materials science, and the director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly at Northwestern.

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The men’s team has climbed to 16th in the rankings with a 6-match win streak.
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Thu, 03/03/2011
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The Gophers men’s tennis team will be taking its six-match win streak out west this weekend, and will be looking to christen its No. 16 ranking with a pair of victories against St. Mary’s University, and No. 23 University of Washington.

Despite the ranking, head coach Geoff Young knows there is still more work to be done.

“It’s nice, it’s fun to see, but we’re more interested in just getting better every day,” Young said. “I know that sounds like a little bit of a cliché but that’s the most important thing, just getting better.”

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The men’s team has climbed to 16th in the rankings with a 6-match win streak.
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Though the women lost Sunday to NC State, freshman phenom Natallia Pintusava upset the 23rd-ranked player in the country.
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Tue, 02/22/2011
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The Gophers men’s tennis team notched its fifth win in a row Saturday and improved its record to 6-1, much to head coach Geoff Young’s satisfaction.

“They’ve come to play every match, and really competed very hard,” Young said “We’ve beat a lot of really good teams. I’m really impressed with how consistent we’ve been up and down the whole lineup.”

Most recently, Minnesota beat No. 41 and future Big Ten opponent Nebraska in convincing fashion.

The Gophers won 6-1, taking the doubles point and winning five of six singles matches.

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Perhaps fatigued after an 8-7 doubles win, Philip Arndt dropped Minnesota’s only match on Saturday night at Baseline.
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Mon, 01/24/2011
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The No. 33 Minnesota men’s tennis team kicked off its spring season Saturday, and it did so in impressive fashion with a 6-1 victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles.

This was the first match for the Gophers since the tournament season ended in November, and Coach Geoff Young was impressed with what he saw.

“I thought we actually played pretty well,” Young said. “The first match is tough. We haven’t competed in a while — and with the holidays, trying to get back in shape — but most of us played pretty well.”

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