STrib: From Shakopee to Slovenia, the Gophers built a men's tennis power


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Nov 11, 2008
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Jackson Allen, a freshman on the Gophers men’s tennis team and former Shakopee standout, said he’s always wanted to go to the U and that his family has had season tickets for men’s basketball and football for “as long as I can remember.”

It had been even longer than Allen can remember, though, since the men’s tennis program advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 — a milestone Allen helped the Gophers achieve this past weekend with upsets of Georgia and Oklahoma.

Allen was a 1-year-old the last time Minnesota advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2000. The Gophers earned their first spot in 18 years when Allen won the clinching match at No. 5 singles against host Oklahoma on Saturday.

“It’s nice to be back,” said Allen, who is one of just two Minnesotans on a roster filled with players from seven other countries. “Our regular season was kind of underwhelming. … The bottom of our lineup has been holding us back. But we all finally clicked at the same time.”

Go Gophers!!

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