Men’s tennis falls hard in NCAA play

The Gophers men’s tennis team extended its season further than most people thought it would. Once Minnesota got to the NCAA Championships, however, the team exited with a quickness.
Pitted against undefeated Stanford, the Gophers failed to take a set in singles or doubles, losing 4-0 Saturday in Athens, Ga.
The Cardinal, called perhaps the greatest team in college tennis history by Gophers coach David Geatz, ripped through doubles play with a pair of 8-2 wins and was never threatened in singles play.
Stanford (25-0), the top seed and three-time defending NCAA champion, has lost only three points all season.
Minnesota (14-13) was making its fifth appearance at the national competition. Illinois, the only other Big Ten team to qualify, lost 4-1 to Auburn.

— Michael Rand