Gophers streak halted by Washington

The University of Minnesota Gophers menâÄôs tennis team had a lot of opportunities Friday in Seattle. Not many of them were taken. No. 24 Minnesota missed out on beating No. 22 Washington and winning their ninth-straight dual meet. Their streak of eight wins was stopped as the Huskies gave the Gophers their first loss since Louisville, which came exactly a month ago Friday. Washington won the doubles point en route to a 5-2 victory. Freshmen Phillip Arndt and Julian Dehn brought some youth leadership on the singles court, both winning their matches. Doubles was a serious struggle as Minnesota only won one match from sophomore Sebastian Gallego and freshman Julian Dehn. The two actually continued a hot streak that many Gophers failed to ride through Friday. It was their sixth-straight doubles victory. Like their team, freshmen Arndt and doubles partner Ishay Hadash also ended an eight-match winning streak, falling to the 66th best doubles team in the country at the No. 1 spot. Hadash also dropped his No. 1 singles match after a three-match win streak. Coach Geoff Young emphasizes the importance of doubles in matches involving top-25 teams. ItâÄôs too tough to try to win all the singles matches, which are a toss-up on any given week, he said. âÄúWith all these teams that are so good [in] the top-25, to win four singles [matches] is tough. You really need to do everything you can to get the doubles [point],âÄù Young said. And the Huskies used that doubles win to gain momentum in the singles matches. After DehnâÄôs win, Washington won four-straight singles matches before the Gophers were boosted with a win from Arndt. All things considered, Young still believes his team is top-25 caliber and just needs even more improvement, week in and week out. His team still only has two losses, with 10 wins thus far. âÄúThe key is to keep getting better and trying to improve week-to-week,âÄù Young said.