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.
Minnesota split a pair of matches on the women’s side over the weekend.
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.”
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.