Men's Tennis

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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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Bad weather has forced Minnesota’s tennis teams to play indoors.
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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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Michigan snapped the women’s team’s six-match winning streak.
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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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Minnesota beat Washington 6-1 to end a two-match losing streak.
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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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The Gophers women's tennis team beat Mississippi State and Wisconsin over the weekend. The men lost to Wisconsin.
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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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The men’s team also won with relative ease Saturday.
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Mon, 02/18/2013
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Minnesota’s women’s tennis team has struggled for most of the past month, but it bucked that trend over the weekend.

The Gophers snapped their six-game losing streak with a pair of dominant wins over Northern Iowa and Carleton on Saturday at Baseline Tennis Center.

Both opponents were second-tier competition, but head coach Chuck Merzbacher said the wins gave his squad a much-needed confidence boost.

“We felt pretty confident about the matches,” he said, “so I think these matches were used to prepare for next weekend.”

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The men’s team also won with relative ease Saturday.
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Brendan Ruddock and Jack Hamburg add a wrinkle of competitiveness to the Gophers tennis team.
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Tue, 02/12/2013
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Brendan Ruddock and Jack Hamburg brought a level of intensity to the courts at Baseline Tennis Center this past weekend that few players can match.

The two Gophers tennis players, who have both returned from injuries, were paired at the No. 2 doubles slot against Louisville and Boise State.

And they let their presence be known — and heard — with cries of jubilance after almost every point scored.

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The men’s team won 4-3 on Friday and lost 4-3 on Saturday.
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Mon, 02/11/2013
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The Gophers men’s tennis team split matches with Louisville and Boise State over the weekend at Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota snapped its four-match losing streak Friday in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 win against Louisville, but it lost 4-3 to Boise State the next night.

Brendan Ruddock was the hero Friday night as he won a three-set match that spanned more than three hours to clinch the win.

Minnesota won the doubles point against Louisville with victories by its No. 2 and No. 3 doubles squads.

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The men’s team won 4-3 on Friday and lost 4-3 on Saturday.
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Both Gophers teams have lost four matches in a row.
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Mon, 02/04/2013
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Minnesota’s women’s tennis team lost matches to Louisville and Virginia Tech this weekend in Blacksburg, Va., to move its current losing streak to four.

Head coach Chuck Merzbacher said the streak isn’t indicative of the way the season will turn out.

He said the team has been plagued by injuries and misfortune that has contributed to the skid.

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