Women's Tennis

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The freshman has been playing No. 1 singles for the Gophers recently.
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Thu, 01/22/2015
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Caroline Ryba didn’t have the opportunity to savor her final weeks at home before coming to the University of Minnesota.

The freshman rehabilitated a hip alignment issue within a month of joining the Gophers.

During that month, she couldn’t play tennis or go running. But luckily for her, the issue was fixed before she got to campus.

And once she arrived in Minneapolis, she refused to let the setback get in the way of success.

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The men’s team beat Marquette and South Dakota State on Saturday.
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Tue, 01/20/2015
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Dropping just one match Saturday against two opponents, the Gophers men’s tennis team began the season with a 2-0 record — the first time since 2009.

The Gophers hosted Marquette University and South Dakota State University and were able to dominate the doubles competition in both meets, which gave them a one-point lead going into the singles competition.

Head coach Geoff Young said he always watches the doubles competition carefully.

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Freshman Felix Corwin beat his teammate Matic Spec for the title.
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Tue, 11/04/2014
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Just two months into his first semester at the University of Minnesota, freshman Felix Corwin holds the title of Big Ten indoor champion.

Corwin, who didn’t lose a set during the entire tournament, faced off against fellow freshman and teammate Matic Spec in the championship match.

Corwin is the first men’s tennis player to win the title since 2003.

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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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