It’s not a breeding ground for powerhouse women’s tennis, but Minnesota showed this weekend it can compete with high-powered tennis teams from the West Coast.
Tereza Brichacova cruised into the finals in her singles matches over the weekend at the Cal-Berkeley Invitational. But on Sunday — when she trailed 5-0 in the first set of the finals — she was forced to withdraw in order to make her flight back to the Twin Cities.
Minnesota battled in a weekend tournament at the Cal Nike Invite filled with first-tier teams.
The Gophers men's and women's tennis teams saw their seasons end Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament with losses to higher-ranked opponents.
The men fell 4-2 to No. 20 Tulsa in Norman, Okla., while the women fell 4-1 to No. 28 Arizona in Chapel Hill, N.C. Both Gophers teams were ranked 35th nationally.
Senior Phillip Arndt and freshman Jack Hamburg won for the men in singles to even the match at 2-2. Then freshman Leandro Toledo and senior Julian Dehn each lost in third sets to clinch the match for the Golden Hurricanes.
The men lost 4-2 to Tulsa and the women lost 4-1 to Arizona.
The men also received a bid and will play Tulsa in the first round. The women play Arizona.