Gophers break slump by upsetting No. 14 Huskies

Minnesota beat Washington 6-1 to end a two-match losing streak.

Dane Mizutani

The Gophers men’s tennis team got a much-needed victory Sunday as it upset No. 14 Washington 6-1 at Baseline Tennis Center.

No. 66 Minnesota had been reeling after 4-3 losses to rival Wisconsin last weekend and to No. 27 Drake on Friday night.

The Gophers improved their record to 4-7 with the win over Washington.

“It’s nice to see the guys are … starting to figure some things out,” head coach Geoff Young said Sunday. “I think we did well against Drake as well, but this one was fun.”

Young appeared upset with his squad’s effort last weekend, but he said that effort was improved this weekend.

The Gophers entered Sunday as the clear underdog against the Huskies, but they didn’t play like it.

Minnesota was dominant from the start and earned the doubles point with wins by its No. 1 and No. 2 pairings.

Young switched up a couple of his pairings during the weekend due in part to recent struggles. He said senior Brendan Ruddock was unable to compete, so the team had to adapt.

Those switches worked out for the most part, as sophomores Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment won both of their No. 1 doubles matches.

Froment delivered a forceful overhead smash Sunday that gave the Gophers the doubles point, and Minnesota rolled from there.

Hamburg followed up his win in doubles with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles. Froment followed suit with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles.

Young said he hopes the win against Washington proved to his players that they can battle with the top players in the nation.

“I hope guys will now start to believe in themselves when they get into tight spots in some close matches,” Young said.

The Gophers will have two weeks off before they resume play at Miami on March 19.

Young has plans for his team in the final break before the season starts to pick up.

“We’re going to run a lot,” he said, “and get very fit.”