Gophers fall behind with doubles losses and fall to Louisville

Freshman Phillip Arndt didnâÄôt disappoint in his home state this weekend, and neither did the rest of the Minnesota menâÄôs tennis team. The Gophers improved to 3-1 on their Kentucky road trip after a close 3-4 loss to No. 42 Louisville and then a win Saturday against Eastern Kentucky. Arndt, a Lancaster, Ky., native , won both singles matches this weekend, and on Sunday, Arndt took the court with MinnesotaâÄôs top singles player, Ishay Hadash , to roll over an overmatched Eastern Kentucky doubles team (8-0). This after a disappointing 8-9 loss to a Louisville doubles team Friday. This appeared to be the trend for the weekend. The Gophers started FridayâÄôs match against Louisville on the wrong foot, but by the end of the weekend, everyone was standing tall. For instance, on Friday, all three Minnesota doubles pairs fell in very tight matches to give Louisville a 1-0 lead. This gave the Cardinals the upper hand from the get-go. The Gophers even proved themselves capable of beating the No. 42-ranked team in the country by tying Louisville 3-3 in singles territory. Coach Geoff Young saw solid wins over the weekend from sophomores Tobias Wernet and Sebastian Gallego, and again from Arndt , who capitalized in front of his friends and family. A couple doubles wins on Friday would have given Minnesota a huge upset, but the men would not make the same mistake Saturday. The team made sure they would get the first doubles point for some security. The Gophers finished their first road trip of the season on a high note Saturday after winning all doubles matches and losing only one singles match to Eastern Kentucky (6-1). The Gophers womenâÄôs tennis team kept a winning streak alive at Baseline Friday by beating Iowa State in a similar fashion (5-2). This win marks the 32nd consecutive time Minnesota has beaten the Cyclones. This yearâÄôs team showed no mercy on Friday, not so much focused on the streak, but more on implementing everything worked on in practice. The women must have aced coach ThomsonâÄôs âÄúTen Golden Rules of Gopher doublesâÄù quiz last week, because they played their style and used it to win big over Iowa State doubles opponents. The No. 1 and 2 doubles teams both won 8-0, while the No. 3 team won 8-3. Only two Minnesota players dropped singles matches after long battles.