Men's Tennis

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The men's team also rebounded against the Hoosiers on Sunday.
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Mon, 03/31/2014
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The Gophers women’s tennis team entered the weekend hoping for a sweep over two ranked Big Ten opponents.

Minnesota didn’t accomplish its goal, but players and coaches weren’t necessarily disappointed with a split.

The Gophers salvaged the split with a 5-2 victory over No. 35 Indiana on Sunday morning after falling 4-3 to No. 46 Purdue on Friday night.

Minnesota head coach Chuck Merzbacher said he talked to his team about responding after the Purdue loss — a match the team  could have won.

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The Gophers have won two straight matches at the No. 5 singles spot.
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Thu, 03/27/2014
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The Gophers men’s tennis team lost 11 consecutive matches at the No. 5 singles spot to start the season.

Even for a team that doesn’t measure its success with results, that’s hard not to notice.

“We know we’ve been struggling at the bottom of the lineup,” senior Juan Pablo Ramirez said.

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Mon, 03/24/2014
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The Gophers men’s tennis team hadn’t played a home match in nearly a month. It was a clear Sunday afternoon, and the team was happy to be home.

Minnesota, back at the Baseline Tennis Center for the first time in three weeks, used an impressive performance on the doubles side and a few quick wins in singles to top Nebraska 5-2.

“I think the guys were playing aggressive, and we’re doing a pretty good job at keeping up good energy,” head coach Geoff Young said. “It was all around a good match for us.”

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Minnesota’s tennis teams will travel to Florida to play over spring break.
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Thu, 03/13/2014
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Apparently, Gophers do head south for the winter. They just wait until March to do it.

Minnesota’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will head to the Sunshine State next week to take on Florida Golf Coast.

Gophers women’s head coach Chuck Merzbacher said the Big Ten season is supposed to be played outdoors, so most teams from the Midwest and Northeast regions of the U.S. attempt to schedule spring break road trips for the teams to play outside.

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The Gophers lost two matches on the men’s side over the weekend.
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Mon, 03/10/2014
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Gophers women’s tennis head coach Chuck Merzbacher can see the confidence growing in his players.

That’s what three straight wins can do for a team.

Minnesota (10-3) defeated Marquette 6-1 on Saturday to stretch its winning streak to three matches. The Gophers won four straight matches to start the spring season.

“There were some really tough points [on Saturday], and we really hunkered down,” Merzbacher said. “We did a good job when we really needed to get tough.”

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Minnesota is a combined 30-6 at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
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Thu, 03/06/2014
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The Gophers women’s tennis team has made the doubles point an area of emphasis all season, but the depth of the roster might be its best-kept secret.

Minnesota is a combined 30-6 at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles this season — a stark contrast to last season, when that area of the lineup was plagued with injuries and inconsistencies.

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The Gophers won 5-2 on the men’s side and 4-3 on the women’s side.
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Mon, 03/03/2014
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A 4-3 loss to rival Wisconsin was on the minds of players on the Gophers men’s tennis team this weekend.

They were not about to let the Badgers best them again.

“It was probably the toughest loss we’ve had in my career with the Gophers,” junior Leandro Toledo said of the loss last season. “I’d say that redemption was on our mind for sure.”

Minnesota beat Wisconsin 5-2 on Saturday at the Baseline Tennis Center.

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Thu, 02/27/2014
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Jack Hamburg has won six straight matches on the singles side and seven straight in doubles.

Still, when the junior from South Dakota hears those stats, he stands stoically — unmoved, uninspired, unimpressed.

To him, they’re just numbers.

His focus is on getting better — better than what he and head coach Geoff Young agree is already the best tennis he’s played in his college career.

“He’s playing really well,” Young said. “He’s really got it rolling.”

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Minnesota started its weekend with a commanding 7-0 win over Iowa State
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Mon, 02/24/2014
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The Minnesota women’s tennis team puts a lot of emphasis on the doubles point.

On Sunday, losing it put the Gophers behind the eight ball from the start, and they never fully recovered.

Minnesota dug itself an early 3-1 deficit and couldn’t dig itself out in a 5-2 loss to No. 70 Marshall on Sunday.

“When you get a team like that at home, you want to get [the victory],” head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “That’s just the bottom line.”

It was only the second time the Gophers relinquished the doubles point all season.

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The Gophers lost their first Big Ten match on the men’s side this weekend.
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Mon, 02/17/2014
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Minnesota head coach Chuck Merzbacher has raved about his team’s ability to bounce back in the face of adversity this year.

That skill was on full display at Baseline Tennis Center over the weekend.

The Gophers opened with a lackluster 7-0 loss to Oklahoma State on Friday but went on to a convincing 6-1 win over Oregon on Sunday.

“We were mentally tough, and that’s really what we needed to continue to build on for the rest of the season,” Merzbacher said. “That’s going to be big come Big Ten time.”

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