Men's Tennis

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German native Ruben Weber plays No. 6 singles for the Gophers.
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Thu, 04/11/2013
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Ruben Weber has found a steady spot in the Gophers men’s tennis lineup more than 4,000 miles from home.

Weber, a true freshman from Alzey, Germany, has helped drive the bottom half of the lineup from the No. 6 singles player this season.

He is 13-14 overall this season and 1-6 in the Big Ten but said he is confident in his skills at this point in his college career.

“I’m definitely proud to be a part of the starting lineup as a freshman,” Weber said. “And I’m still on my way up.”

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German native Ruben Weber plays No. 6 singles for the Gophers.
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Both teams beat Penn State before losing to Ohio State.
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Mon, 04/08/2013
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Minnesota’s women’s tennis squad split a pair of matches at Baseline Tennis Center during the weekend.

The unranked Gophers had lost three straight matches entering the weekend, and head coach Chuck Merzbacher had said his team needed to respond.

They did Friday before losing a close match Sunday.

“I thought our intensity was good all weekend,” he said. “It’s just one went our way and one didn’t.”

Minnesota upset No. 33 Penn State 4-3 on Friday thanks to a pivotal win on the doubles side to start the match.

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Both teams beat Penn State before losing to Ohio State.
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Gophers coach Chuck Merzbacher left Ohio State after 16 years.
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Thu, 04/04/2013
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Minnesota women’s tennis head coach Chuck Merzbacher admitted this is a big weekend for him.

His Gophers need to bounce back after three straight losses, but he also has a personal tie to Sunday’s match.

After hosting Penn State on Friday, Minnesota will host Ohio State — Merzbacher’s old stomping grounds — on Sunday.

Merzbacher coached at Ohio State for 16 years but left when the opportunity to coach Minnesota presented itself last summer.

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Gophers coach Chuck Merzbacher left Ohio State after 16 years.
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Colombian native Juan Pablo Ramirez is a regular singles and doubles player.
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Tue, 04/02/2013
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Gophers junior tennis player Juan Pablo Ramirez may never get used to winter in Minnesota.

He grew up more than 3,000 miles away in Bogota, Colombia, and said the weather change has been a tough adjustment. This year has been especially hard, as temperatures remained in the teens into March.

But the cold weather didn’t affect his choice to play for the Gophers.

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Colombian native Juan Pablo Ramirez is a regular singles and doubles player.
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The Gophers women lost both of their matches to higher-ranked foes.
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Mon, 04/01/2013
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The Gophers’ Mathieu Froment watched his Illinois opponent’s shot sail out of bounds then looked at his teammates and let out a roar.

The sophomore was met seconds later by a mob of teammates. His three-set win capped a 4-3 comeback win over No. 19 Illinois on Sunday at Baseline Tennis Center — the Gophers’ second upset victory of the weekend.

Minnesota (8-8, 4-1 Big Ten) has won four straight matches — all against higher-ranked opponents — and looks to have hit its stride in the last few weeks.

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The Gophers women lost both of their matches to higher-ranked foes.
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Bad weather has forced Minnesota’s tennis teams to play indoors.
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Thu, 03/28/2013
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Minnesota saw what looks to be the last snowfall of a brutal winter last week.

The prolonged winter can’t end soon enough for the Gophers men’s and women’s tennis coaches.

Though the weather has been an inconvenience to students on campus, the tennis teams might have been more impacted.

“It’s important to get outside because the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA tournament are both played outside,” first-year women’s head coach Chuck Merzbacher said.

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Michigan snapped the women’s team’s six-match winning streak.
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Mon, 03/25/2013
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The Gophers women’s tennis team’s six-game winning streak was snapped Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota lost to No. 9 Michigan 6-1, falling to 8-7 on the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten.

The Gophers performed well on the doubles side during their six-game winning streak.

They looked in position to capture the doubles point again Sunday as the No. 3 doubles pair won its match 8-2., but the No. 1 and 2 doubles teams both lost.

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Minnesota beat Washington 6-1 to end a two-match losing streak.
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Mon, 03/04/2013
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The Gophers men’s tennis team got a much-needed victory Sunday as it upset No. 14 Washington 6-1 at Baseline Tennis Center.

No. 66 Minnesota had been reeling after 4-3 losses to rival Wisconsin last weekend and to No. 27 Drake on Friday night.

The Gophers improved their record to 4-7 with the win over Washington.

“It’s nice to see the guys are … starting to figure some things out,” head coach Geoff Young said Sunday. “I think we did well against Drake as well, but this one was fun.”

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The Gophers women's tennis team beat Mississippi State and Wisconsin over the weekend. The men lost to Wisconsin.
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Mon, 02/25/2013
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Minnesota head women’s tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher said this week his team needed both wins over the weekend.

They got ’em.

The Gophers have struggled to start the season, but they appear to have hit their stride in the past couple of weeks. They stretched their winning streak to four matches this weekend with wins over Mississippi State and Wisconsin at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota beat Mississippi State 4-3 on Friday night and beat rival Wisconsin 7-0 on Sunday to kick off the Big Ten season.

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Both teams will start the bulk of their conference schedule in late March.
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Thu, 02/21/2013
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The Gophers men’s and women’s tennis teams will get a sneak peek of the Big Ten this weekend in the form of rival Wisconsin.

Both teams will start the bulk of their conference schedule in late March.

Women’s coach Chuck Merzbacher said Sunday’s match will serve as a measuring stick.

It’ll be the second week in a row that the women will be able to sleep in their own beds before the match. The Gophers had a brutal road stretch early in the season.

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