Minnesota Wins 2018 TOC
USTA Northern | March 5, 2018
The University of Minnesota kept its streak as the only school to ever win a title in tact at 2018 USTA Northern Tennis On Campus Section Championships March 3-4 at Life Time Fitness Lakeville.
In the finals, Minnesota defeated Carleton College 28-12 for its 15th consecutive championship. Carleton jumped out to an early lead, winning women’s doubles 6-4, but Minnesota came back with a vengeance, winning the men’s doubles 6-0, giving the Gophers a 10-6 lead. Minnesota then lost only six total games in the final three matches in securing the title. Members of the winning Minnesota team included Meera Damodaran, Sabrina Tang, Andrew Rust, Arend Turner, Zoe Lindbloom, Rafi Barash, Chloe Hall and Aanik Lohani.
Both Minnesota and Carleton now advance to the 2018 Tennis On Campus National Championships April 12-14 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. ADVERTISEMENT Last year, Minnesota placed fourth at Nationals and was the runner-up in 2015.
This will be Carleton’s third trip to Nationals. Carleton’s roster includes Lynn Daniel, Katie Paasche, Brandon Carrillo, Jon Gillespie, Maddie Bryant, David Galanbos, Rachel Moore and Honus Frohlich.
In the third-place match, North Dakota State defeated Minnesota State Moorhead, who was competing in its first-ever season of Tennis on Campus, 30-6.
Valley City State won the Silver Bracket, overcoming Winona State 23-17, while North Dakota State B took home the Bronze Bracket crown with a 25-8 win over Wisconsin-River Falls.