Chuck Merzbacher was the women’s tennis coach at Minnesota for five years and, in his last two years for the Gophers, he coached his daughter, Caitlyn Merzbacher. Caitlyn Merzbacher, now a junior, has gone 9-1 in singles matches in her first year without her father at the helm. She has more than doubled her victory total from her first two years at Minnesota. She also plays with Mehvish Safdar in the No. 1 doubles spot, where they have gone 8-2 this year.
Sophomore forward Lindsay Agnew scored two first period goals off of two assists from fellow sophomore linemate Taylor Williamson the last time the Gophers took the ice against the Huskies.
In the Big Ten action of his career, the Shakopee, Minnesota native, Jackson Allen, put his stamp on the border battle by clinching the victory for Minnesota. Minnesota (4-3) beat Wisconsin (5-5) 5-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Minnesota (7-3) dropped both matches against Missouri (9-1) and Memphis (6-3) by a score of 4-3 in Columbia, Missouri on Friday and Saturday.
The Gophers were swept by Wisconsin for the second time this season.
No. 7 Minnesota (20-9-3, 13-6-3 WCHA) lost to No. 1 Wisconsin (28-3-2, 19-2-2 WCHA) 4-3 in Madison, Wisconsin after Claudia Kepler’s two third period goals propelled the Badgers to victory.
Junior Josip Krstanovic ran back and forth, breathing heavily as he chased after tennis balls at practice as the Gophers prepared for the upcoming match on Saturday against their rival, Wisconsin.
In a year where the Gophers have needed players to step into bigger roles, Skarzynski has shown she has been up to the challenge. Skarzynski has accrued 24 points so far with one more series to play against No. 1 Wisconsin this weekend.
The Gophers finished eighth in the Big Ten Match Play championship on Friday and Saturday in Palm Coast, Florida. All 14 Big Ten teams participated in the event. Minnesota was seeded fourth by Golfstat.
On Friday night, the Gophers (3-3) lost to undefeated Dartmouth 5-2. They followed that loss by beating Rice (3-3) the next day 6-1.