Women's Tennis

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Minnesota split a pair of matches on the women’s side over the weekend.
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Mon, 04/07/2014
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No. 51 Minnesota (9-10, 3-4 Big Ten) faced a tough draw this weekend against a pair of top-25 opponents. And it only got tougher for the team, which was without junior Jack Hamburg — one of its top players.

The Gophers lost twice, falling 5-2 to No. 1 Ohio State on Friday and 4-1 to No. 24 Penn State on Sunday at Baseline Tennis Center.

Still, the team was far from discouraged.

“I think we’re really close,” junior Leandro Toledo said. “[This weekend] showed us that we’re right there. We just need a little game-changer.”

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Julia Courter was forced out of last season after she had wrist surgery.
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Thu, 04/03/2014
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Julia Courter can be heard from across the Baseline Tennis Center during competitions. Her voice echoes throughout the facility — either celebrating after a won point or cheering on her teammates.

“She brings a lot to the team,” head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “She has great energy, and she’s really positive. She sets the tone.”

It’s for that reason that the team is happy to have her back in the lineup after she missed all of last season with a left wrist injury.

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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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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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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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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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Minnesota has dropped only one doubles point this entire season.
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Thu, 02/20/2014
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Minnesota junior Jessika Mozia said she was hard on herself after the loss against Oklahoma State last weekend.

The Gophers were blanked 7-0 at the Baseline Tennis Center and dropped their first doubles point of the year.

That made the loss sting even more, Mozia said.

“We are really prideful about that doubles point, and we don’t like to lose it,” she said.

That was clear in the team’s next match against Oregon last weekend.

The Gophers rebounded with a doubles point win to get back to their winning ways.

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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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