Men's Tennis

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Thu, 05/02/2013
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The Gophers can’t seem to escape connections to athletics director Norwood Teague.

Minnesota’s men’s tennis team will face Virginia Commonwealth, Teague’s former school, in the first round of the NCAA tournament May 10. The Gophers lost 5-2 to the Rams in January, but they played much better in the second half of the season.

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The women’s season ended in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
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Mon, 04/29/2013
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The Gophers men’s tennis team lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, but head coach Geoff Young said he’s satisfied with the way his team performed during the weekend.

Minnesota defeated Michigan State 4-0 on Friday and then lost 4-3 to Michigan on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

“That couldn’t have gone much better against Michigan State, and with Michigan … we knew it was going to come down to the wire,” Young said. “It just didn’t go our way that time.”

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Two underclassmen have helped the Gophers amid a tough season.
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Thu, 04/25/2013
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Minnesota’s women’s head tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher has acknowledged all season that his roster is littered with youth.

That youth that has led the team at times.

Though a junior and a sophomore hold the top two spots in the singles lineup, freshmen Paula Rincon Otero and Jessika Mozia have contributed greatly to the Gophers.

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The women lost two more matches in the last regular-season weekend.
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Mon, 04/22/2013
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The No. 32 Gophers men’s tennis team ended its successful regular season with decisive wins over Nebraska and Iowa.

Minnesota beat Nebraska 5-2 on the road Friday and Iowa 7-0 at home Sunday. The victories made Minnesota a lock for the NCAA tournament next month.

Young said he was satisfied with the way his team handled the weekend.

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The men’s team can secure a spot in the NCAA tournament with a successful weekend.
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Thu, 04/18/2013
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Both of Minnesota’s tennis teams will host Senior Day during the weekend, but only one has a postseason goal in sight.

The Gophers men are a virtual lock to make the NCAA tournament, but a strong showing this weekend will ensure their spot.

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Minnesota has dropped only two Big Ten matches all season.
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Mon, 04/15/2013
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The Gophers men’s tennis team bounced back from one of its worst losses of the season during the weekend, and it might have earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in the process.

The Gophers beat Indiana 6-1 on Friday and beat Purdue 5-2 on Sunday. They’ve won seven of their past eight matches, and the only loss was a 7-0 defeat to conference juggernaut Ohio State last weekend.

Minnesota (11-9, 7-2 Big Ten) has two conference matches left before the postseason. It needs to finish above .500 to qualify for the NCAA tournament in a little more than a month.

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Minnesota has dropped only two Big Ten matches all season.
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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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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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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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