Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Toledo a rising tennis star for the Gophers

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Sports, Gophers awards and honors Updated: May 24, 2014 - 10:33 AM

At this time of the year, some sport at the U of M seems to be ending nearly every day.

The baseball team played its last game on Thursday.

The last men's tennis player lost in the NCAA tournament in Athens, Ga., on Friday.

The softball team plays Saturday night against the No. 1 seed in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday night and could be done Sunday.

You get the point. It's sad in a way: careers ending, a last loss, teammates going separate ways for the summer.

But it can be a time of hope, too.

Let's zero in one particular player: Leandro Toledo. A different sounding name -- as mine is.

Toledo is the No. 1 singles player for the Gophers and he just had himself quite a week. He competed in the 64-player singles draw. Won twice, earning him All-America status, then lost in the Round of 16.

Toledo was a first-team All-Big Ten pick after going 8-3 against conference foes. He was ranked No. 38 nationally.

His first opponent at nationals was Alex Domijan of Virginia, ranked No. 6. He was 25-1 and on a 15-match winning streak.

Toledo was the definite underdog, but he won 6-7 (4), 7-6 (12), 6-4. Next, he beat No. 38 Diego Galeano of Baylor, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

He became the first All-America player at the U since 2002, 14 years ago.

No. 28 Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine ended Toledo's tournament run 7-6 (1), 6-2.

Toledo was the last of seven Big Ten players in the singles draw still standing. And before the NCAAs, he was named the ITA Central Region Player to Watch for next season when he will be a senior.

The 6-1 lefthander is from Hamburg, Germany. He turned 22 on May 5 and hits a two-handed backhand.

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