Women's Tennis

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Thu, 09/18/2014
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The focus of this weekend’s Gopher Invitational for the women’s tennis team won’t solely be on victories.

Instead, head coach Chuck Merzbacher will zone in on his team’s underclassmen and how they adapt to college tennis.

“I always like to focus on the [underclassmen] … to make sure they have support there. The fall is for teaching,” Merzbacher said.

The Gopher Invitational the first fall tournament scheduled for the team as it prepares for spring competition.

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Senior Tereza Brichacova won the top singles flight over the weekend.
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Mon, 09/22/2014
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Minnesota headed into the Gopher Invitational intending to set the bar for the upcoming season.

The Gophers did just that, finishing each day with winning records in both singles and doubles. Three Gophers reached the title match in their respective singles flights.

Senior Tereza Brichacova won the Minnesota Flight Singles, the top flight, with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Iowa’s Shelby Talcott.

She said she was satisfied with the Gophers’ performance.

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Tereza Brichacova will compete in the prequalifying singles draw.
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Thu, 09/25/2014
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Tereza Brichacova wasn’t an All-America recruit when she enrolled at the University of Minnesota.

Now, as a senior, Brichacova was selected to play in the Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships in California, which features many of the nation’s top tennis players.

“For her to go and get the competition that she’s going to get … it’s just going to raise the level of her game, which raises the level of the team, too,” said head coach Chuck Merzbacher.

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Caitlyn Merzbacher won two Class AA state championships with Edina.
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Wed, 12/03/2014
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Head coach Chuck Merzbacher has had a particular talented tennis player on his recruiting radar since she was 8 years old.

Merzbacher kept tabs on the tennis player as she competed throughout the years, knew she excelled in the classroom and, once he came to Minnesota, figured she’d be a nice addition to the Gophers.

But when it came to recruiting her for the 2015-16 season, he did his best to distance himself so the recruit would make her own decision.

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Many Gophers coaches use Twitter to promote their team, build their personal brand and interact with their fans.
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Wed, 06/11/2014
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Social media isn’t just popular among University of Minnesota students.

Some Gophers coaches are taking to Twitter to promote their team, build their personal brand and interact with their fans, among other things.

The Minnesota Daily talked to four Gophers head coaches to discuss how they use Twitter and how it impacts their teams.

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Minnesota won 17 matches this year, its highest total in more than 10 years.
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Mon, 04/28/2014
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The Gophers were in a bit of a hole Thursday.

Without top singles player Tereza Brichacova, Minnesota trailed rival Wisconsin 3-2 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

Still, the Gophers didn’t panic, didn’t fold and didn’t falter.

Minnesota took the final two singles matches, the last a straight-set victory by junior Julia Courter at No. 3 singles, to win the match 4-3.

It was another example of the relentless, never-give-up mentality head coach Chuck Merzbacher has instilled in his team.

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Julia Courter and Natallia Pintusava have a 17-4 record this season.
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Tue, 04/22/2014
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A pair of constant smiles, lots of laughs and a bunch of victories.

That’s been the story of the season for senior Natallia Pintusava and junior Julia Courter on the doubles court.

“We’re always laughing and smiling,” Courter said. “I think overall our attitudes and our communication have been a key thing this year, and that’s what led to our success.”

It’s easy to grin and giggle when success comes so seamlessly. Courter and Pintusava have amassed a 17-4 record this season, including a 7-2 mark in the Big Ten.

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The Gophers also lost two matches on the men’s side over the weekend.
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Mon, 04/21/2014
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It wasn’t exactly the weekend that the Gophers women’s tennis team was hoping for to wrap up the regular season.

No. 59 Minnesota (16-8, 6-5) lost 4-3 to No. 43 Illinois on Friday night before losing 7-0 to No. 13 Northwestern on Sunday afternoon.

But the Gophers were far from discouraged, despite the sweep. Minnesota players held their heads high Sunday as they look ahead to next week’s Big Ten tournament.

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Aria Lambert, 15-5 this season, has served as a key cog in the lineup.
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Thu, 04/17/2014
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The Gophers women’s tennis team has been unpredictable at the top of the lineup this season.

Tereza Brichacova, Natallia Pintusava and Jessika Mozia have experienced peaks and valleys at the No. 1 singles, No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles spots, respectively. The trio has delivered huge wins for the team but has also suffered through its fair share of struggles.

But amid the inconsistency at the top, Minnesota has been one of the steadiest teams in the Big Ten, reaching six conference victories for the first time since 2003.

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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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