Men’s tennis drops two in Calif.

The Gophers lost their first two matches to a pair of ranked teams.

by Charlie Armitz

The No. 25 Gophers tennis team fell to 1-2 on the season after it dropped a pair of matches over the weekend to San Diego and Louisiana State.

Minnesota fell 5-2 to San Diego on Sunday and lost 4-0 on Monday to LSU in the Intercollegiate Kick-Off Weekend in Berkeley, Calif.

The No. 32 Tigers allowed the Gophers just one of nine sets in the six matches played in MondayâÄôs sweep.

LSUâÄôs Olivier Borsos âÄî ranked No. 68 nationally âÄî defeated the GophersâÄô Phillip Arndt 6-2, 7-6 (3) at the first singles position.

At fifth singles, Tom Knights defeated MinnesotaâÄôs Michael Sicora 6-1, 6-3; and at sixth singles, James Tubervill squeaked out a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win against Mathieu Froment.

The Gophers won at No. 2 doubles when the No. 50 team of Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn defeated Roger Anderson and Stefan Szacinski 8-4. But the Tigers claimed the matchâÄôs lone doubles point with an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles and a 9-8 (2) win at No. 3 doubles.

âÄúThey were very tough,âÄù LSU head coach Jeff Brown said in a release. âÄúThe guys came out with the right energy today. After a tough loss, they understood the opportunity and handled pressure situations well. It was a good win for us against a very talented Minnesota team.âÄù

Both LSU and Minnesota had lost their first match of the tournament. While the Tigers appeared slightly overmatched against No. 13 California, the Gophers had their chances against No. 27 San Diego.

Minnesota eventually fell 5-2, however, in a four-hour marathon that featured three singles matches that lasted three sets.

Arndt won his singles match against Nikola Bubnic 6-4, 6-3, but he and partner Leandro Toledo fell 8-5 in their doubles match against Bubnic and Thibaut Visy.

Bonin defeated Clarke Spinosa 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, but Minnesota lost a trio of three-set matches at the fourth, fifth and sixth singles positions.

Fremont came the closest to victory after winning the first set 2-6, but Visy âÄî ranked No. 61 in singles âÄî dominated the second set 6-1 and won the third set in a tiebreaker.

FremontâÄôs loss came minutes after Dehn lost 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 at No. 4 singles âÄî a match that clinched the GophersâÄô first loss of the season.

San Diego won the doubles point when Spinosa and Victor Pugliese defeated MinnesotaâÄôs Eric Frueh and Sicora 8-6.

The Gophers travel to play another ranked team âÄî No. 30 Louisville âÄî Feb. 4 in Louisville, Ky.