Gophers win two matches on road trip

Minnesota beat Washington and Portland.

Junior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

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Junior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

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The Gophers won two close matches on their road trip in Washington. 

Minnesota (8-3) beat Washington (8-5) 4-3 on Saturday and followed that up with another 4-3 victory over Portland (6-6) on Sunday. The matches took place at the Quillian Tennis Stadium in Seattle, Washington. Jackson Allen clinched the victory on Saturday, while it was Josip Krstanovic who clinched the match against on Sunday. 

Playing in the No. 6 spot for the Gophers, Krstanovic grinded out a three set match 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 for the clinching fourth point. It was the last match of the dual against Portland.

“When he’s steady and goes deep into the point, Joe is tough to beat,” head coach Geoff Young told Gopher Sports. “I thought their guy was really in the zone and giving it to him, but Joe was able to find his rhythm and minimize errors and get back on track.”

The Gophers lost the doubles point in the match. Minnesota picked up their only doubles win in the No. 1 spot with the duo of Felix Corwin and Matic Spec. 

The team earned three points from the top three singles spots. Corwin, Spec and Milievic each won their match in straight sets. 

“We started with wins in 1, 2, and 3 singles and I thought we did really well with those. We didn’t lose a set in those matches, so that was great,” Young told Gopher Sports.  “I was really happy, that, in the end, we were able to stay with our game and come out on top.”

Minnesota beat Washington 4-3

Jackson Allen dropped the first set in his match, but battled back to win in three sets 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The Gophers dropped the doubles portion of the match, losing in the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles spots. 

However, Minnesota managed to win four singles matches and come away with the victory. The top three spots set the tone, much like the match against Portland. Corwin, Spec, and Milicevic all won.