Gophers win fourth-straight with big win over Wake

Sophomore captain Tobias Wernet knew that if he and the rest of the University of Minnesota menâÄôs tennis team came out with fire Friday night, they could bring home their fourth-straight victory. He also knew that it would be the biggest win so far this season. Baseline tennis center was packed, the Gophers had momentum and the stakes were high. The men looked to capitalize on all the intangibles, and they did. âÄúIf you come out of the locker, and you come out on the court and see 400 people there, you just get goose bumps,âÄù Wernet said. Although Wernet lost his match in three sets, he was visibly and clearly using the crowd to keep his own fire burning. After a long rally in the second set, Wernet turned, faced the crowd and gave a scream of triumph accompanied with a fist pump. âÄúHe really fought hard and played well. You can only be proud of him. HeâÄôs a great player, a great competitor, a great person,âÄù freshman Ishay Hadash said. The fire burned all night long as the Gophers defeated No. 21 Wake Forest 5-2. In a heated and fiery match that coach Geoff Young promised to be close, the Gophers proved they can compete with the countryâÄôs top teams âÄî and beat them too. And heated it was. From questionable line calls to questions about tennis ball quality, there were some interesting moments. âÄúAny time you have two teams this close playing against each other itâÄôs going to be heated and competitive for sure,âÄù coach Geoff Young said. Hadash, Friday nightâÄôs hero, won his match to capture the win for Minnesota. It didnâÄôt come without a fight. Hadash even believed he dropped his first set due to questionable calls and distractions from an opponent. âÄúIt kind of got into my mind, and I kind of lost the situation,âÄù Hadash said. âÄúI got back. I knew that IâÄôm better than him, and I knew that the team needs me. ItâÄôs all about the team anyway.âÄù Hadash lost only one point on his serve in the third set en route to winning the deciding match 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. Obviously nothing came close to touching him and what he was out to accomplish. In their first away match of the dual-meet season, GophersâÄô womenâÄôs tennis established a home away from home in Columbia, Mo. According to head coach Tyler Thomson, the girls acted as âÄúprofessional fightersâÄù in SaturdayâÄôs 5-2 Missouri defeat. They played with intensity on the court and acted professionally at all times. âÄúWe fought well. I think they carried themselves well,âÄù Thomson said.