No. 35 men defeat Wisconsin, women sweep a pair to extend win streak to five

Phillip Arndt was the only men’s player to lose to the Badgers.

Charlie Armitz

A week off didn’t slow the momentum for the Gophers men’s tennis team, which won its third straight match Saturday in a 6-1 drubbing of Wisconsin in its Big Ten opener at Baseline Tennis Center.

No. 35 Minnesota (4-3) lost just three sets in nine matches to the Badgers (3-4) and took a 5-0 lead before splitting the final two matches in third-set supertiebreakers.

Leandro Toledo (No. 2 singles), Rok Bonin (No. 3), Jack Hamburg (No. 5) and Juan Pablo Ramirez (No. 6) all won in straight sets without needing tiebreakers.

Bonin defeated Petr Satral 6-0, 6-1 to improve to 5-1 at third singles this season. His five wins are a team-high.

Toledo and Julian Dehn (No. 4 singles) each improved to 4-2. Dehn split the first two sets with Wisconsin’s Billy Bertha and won the supertiebreaker 10-7.

Hamburg and Ramirez combined to lose just eight games, and each improved to 1-0 at their respective positions. Hamburg had won his previous two matches at No. 6 singles, while Ramirez had yet to start a singles match this season.

At No. 1 singles, Phillip Arndt lost a third-set tiebreaker 10-7 to the Badgers’ Fredrik Ask to fall to 3-4 on the season. It was Arndt’s second consecutive three-set defeat.

Bonin and Dehn, which are ranked No. 32 as the team’s first doubles pair, defeated Ask and Bertha 8-5 to open the match.

Minnesota improved to 4-0 at home with the win. After losing three straight on the road from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, the Gophers have bounced back with excellent play in the middle of their singles lineup.

Next up is an opportunity for Minnesota to earn its first road win when it plays at Virginia Tech on March 3.

Women extend winning streak to five

The Gophers women’s tennis team continued its recent dominance with three convincing wins at Baseline Tennis Center over the weekend.

No. 71 Minnesota defeated Missouri 6-1 on Friday and swept No. 62 Virginia Tech and Carleton 7-0 on Sunday.

Alexa Palen won all three of her singles matches in straight sets to improve to 8-0 on the season.

The Gophers’ only slip-up over the weekend came when Palen and Yuliana Umanets lost 8-4 at No. 1 doubles Friday.

With the win against Virginia Tech, Minnesota improved to 4-1 against ranked teams in 2012.

The Gophers will ride a five-match winning streak into its conference opener Feb. 4 at Wisconsin.