Gophers to play Georgia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

This is the ninth time the Gophers have made the tournament under Geoff Young.

Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during a game against Ohio State at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

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Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during a game against Ohio State at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

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The Gophers will travel to Norman, Oklahoma to face the University of Georgia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as announced on the NCAA selection show Tuesday. 

Whichever team wins will play the victor of No. 14 Oklahoma and Utah in the second round. 

Minnesota (15-8, 7-3) lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten Championships to No. 3 Ohio State last weekend. The Georgia Bulldogs (13-10, 5-7) won their first round dual in the SEC tournament before falling to No. 5 Texas A&M in the quarterfinals.

“Georgia is perennially a top team in college tennis, so it will be a great challenge,” head coach Geoff Young said. “They are playing good tennis, but we are playing the best tennis of the year so far, so it will be a good matchup.”

This is the ninth time the Gophers have reached the NCAA Tournament with Young as head coach, but the furthest they’ve gone under Young is the second round, which they have done four times.

Senior Felix Corwin is coming off a victory in the No. 1 spot against the No. 5 player in the country, Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State. Corwin is excited for what is to come for his team. 

“We have an awesome chance to make the sweet 16, which I personally have never [made],” Corwin said.  “I think we have proven this season that we can compete against the top guys.”