Men continue streak with win over East Tennesee State

The University of Minnesota menâÄôs tennis team is making a little bit of history, right now âÄî and so is their coach. Coach Geoff Young grabbed his 101st and 102nd career victories Saturday with another Gophers win against a ranked opponent, East Tennessee State, and a win over Western Michigan later in the afternoon. The two convincing wins (5-2, 6-1) brought the teamâÄôs win streak to eight âÄî the longest of any Gophers team since 2003. The men have faced seven ranked teams this spring, but have only lost to one: Louisville, in a tight match (3-4). ThatâÄôs when the historic streak began. Since then, the results show dominant victories, but most have actually been battles. Most recently, the Gophers have beaten now-No. 71 Drake, No. 30 Wake Forest and No. 55 Southern Methodist University. All were competitive battles. Minnesota, No. 48, beat their sixth-ranked opponent of the season Saturday morning when they beat the No. 45 Bucs. And the team is proving it can beat ranked opponents, as well. Freshman Ishay Hadash posted another victory over his No. 15 nationally ranked opponent. After beating his Western Michigan opponent Saturday, Hadash improved his dual meet record to 8-3. Freshman Julian Dehn has also emerged on the scene in helping the Gophers continue their streak. Like Hadash, Dehn won all of his singles and doubles matches over the weekend . While the team streak is alive, an individual one ended this weekend. East Tennessee State stopped the Kentucky-native Phillip Arndt from achieving perfection any longer. Arndt, previously undefeated, is now 9-1 in the dual meet season. Another streak was prolonged yesterday in Gophers womenâÄôs tennis. Minnesota opened the Big Ten season with another loss to Iowa, 4-3; this makes it the sixth-straight year that the Gophers have fallen to the Hawkeyes. âÄúWe havenâÄôt found a way to beat them, yet,âÄù coach Tyler Thomson said. It didnâÄôt look likely the women would stop the streak, either, after slow starts all around on the singles court. After winning the doubles point, coach Thomson felt his team didnâÄôt have the urgency Iowa did. âÄúWe got out to a good start in doubles âÄî and in singles, it was the exact opposite. We were trying to play catch-up on every court [in singles],âÄù Thomson said. Karina Chiarelli and Jackie Sperling brought the only two singles wins.