Women's Tennis

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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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The Gophers will play matches with traditional scoring this weekend.
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Thu, 02/13/2014
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The Intercollegiate Tennis Association implemented experimental scoring rules for the first month of this season. These rules were designed to speed up matches and make them easier for fans to watch.

These experimental rule changes also benefited the health of the student-athletes by eliminating ridiculously long matches, Gophers women’s head coach Chuck Merzbacher said.

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Mon, 02/03/2014
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The Gophers men’s tennis team got off to a rough start in its 2014 campaign. It dropped two of its first three matches — all on the road.

It only took a trip home to turn things around.

Minnesota swept a trio of matches this weekend, knocking off Green Bay and Marquette by identical 4-1 tallies Friday before beating Arkansas 6-1 on Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center.

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While players are excited, their head coach knows there is room to grow.
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Thu, 01/30/2014
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The Gophers started a season 4-0 for the first time since 1997 when they took down both North Dakota and South Dakota State on Sunday.

And they did it in rather convincing fashion, sweeping three of their first four matches to open up the spring season — the first time the Gophers have tallied three shutouts in a row since 1995.

“I was surprised it’d been that long,” junior Aria Lambert said. “We did it pretty easily.”

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The University of Minnesota's tennis facility brought in about $595,000 in revenue last year.
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Tue, 10/08/2013
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When Baseline Tennis Center opened in 2002, the University of Minnesota expected it to generate rental revenue.

In the decade-plus since, the facility has far exceeded expectations.

The facility generated a total of about $595,000 in rental income for the University’s athletics department this fiscal year. That’s money beyond the revenue it brings in for hosting Gophers men’s and women’s tennis matches.

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The University of Minnesota's tennis facility brought in about $595,000 in revenue last year.
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