Women's Tennis

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Tue, 04/21/2015
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Before playing a single point at the collegiate level, two future Gophers brought their talents together at a USTA national tournament last year.
 
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Caroline Ryba and Mehvish Safdar are 10-4 together in the spring season.
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Thu, 04/09/2015
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From seventh grade varsity tennis to being one of Minnesota’s best singles players, Aria Lambert has excelled in every level of competition she’s played.

In her four years at Minnesota, Lambert has compiled a total of 78 singles victories so far, which puts her ninth in program history.

By winning her match against Iowa last weekend, Lambert passed alumna Alessandra Ferrazzi, who has 76 wins.

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The senior is ninth all-time in career singles wins for the Gophers.
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Mon, 04/06/2015
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After a five-match road trip, the Gophers finally came back to the friendly confines of the Baseline Tennis Center this weekend for a pair of matchups against Big Ten opponents.
 
No. 59 Minnesota took two victories with ease, defeating Iowa 6-1 and Nebraska 5-2.
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The men’s team surpassed its win total from all of last season.
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Mon, 03/23/2015
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The Gophers’ trip to Michigan proved to be a forgettable ending to spring break.

After Michigan overpowered the Gophers on Saturday, Minnesota lost to Michigan State by one point on Sunday afternoon.

“We’re going to have to fight for every win we get in the Big Ten. It’s just [going to] be that way pretty much here on out,” head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “We just came up short, but it wasn’t [because of] lack of effort.”

Redshirt junior Julia Courter put forth a consistent effort for the Gophers over the weekend.

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Thu, 03/12/2015
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Heading into the Gophers’ border battle with Wisconsin, Tereza Brichacova has one wish.

“I just want to kick their butt,” the senior said.

The Gophers will have a chance to do so when the Badgers travel to the Baseline Tennis Center this Friday.

Head coach Chuck Merzbacher said any match against Wisconsin is a personal one.

“It’s just a heated rivalry,” he said. “That’s the way the girls feel, and that’s the way I feel. So we are pretty excited about facing them again.”

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The women’s team went undefeated in three matches over the weekend.
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Mon, 03/02/2015
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The Gophers knew heading to Chapel Hill, N.C., that their matches wouldn’t be easy.

And they weren’t.

No. 19 North Carolina dropped the Gophers 4-1, but they bounced back to beat Citadel 7-0.

Against North Carolina, head coach Geoff Young said the team had a slow start in the doubles competition.

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The team beat Louisville but then lost to Marshall over the weekend.
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Mon, 02/16/2015
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Getting the doubles point can make a difference between winning and losing a meet.

Minnesota experienced that this weekend when the team was unable to capitalize in its second meet against Marshall.

When the team did win its doubles point, it resulted in a 5-1 upset over No. 66 Louisville.

It was the first time all season that Minnesota beat a ranked opponent.

In the doubles competition, senior Tereza Brichacova and junior Paula Rincon-Otero helped jumpstart the meet with an 8-2 victory.

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Julia Courter and Paula Rincon-Otero are 6-2 in doubles this year.
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Thu, 02/05/2015
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Before coming to Minnesota, Julia Courter didn’t play high school tennis.

She was homeschooled, forcing her to make her mark on the United States Tennis Association circuit tournaments.

Paula Rincon-Otero, who grew up in Spain, certainly faced adjustments before she arrived in Minneapolis, too.

Though they come from different backgrounds, Courter and Rincon-Otero have developed a strong chemistry on and off the court that is put on display when they play doubles together.

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The men’s team upset No. 24 Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon.
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Mon, 02/02/2015
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Though the temperatures in Minneapolis dipped this weekend, the cold air didn’t seem to cool down the red-hot Gophers.

Off to one of their best starts in the last five years, the Gophers emerged victorious against all three of their opponents this weekend to claim their fourth, fifth and sixth victories this season.

“It’s a lot of tennis,” head coach Geoff Young said. “I thought the guys are playing better and better.”

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Gophers senior Aria Lambert moved up on the school’s all-time singles list.
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Mon, 01/26/2015
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The Minnesota men’s and women’s tennis teams went up against top competition at the ITA Kick-Off over the weekend in the hope of extending their undefeated records to open their 2015 campaigns.

Save for a men’s vicotry against Michigan, the teams seemingly couldn’t keep up with their talented opponents.

The women’s team opened its weekend against No. 3 North Carolina, losing the competition by a final score of 4-0.

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