Women's Tennis

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The women lost two more matches in the last regular-season weekend.
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Mon, 04/22/2013
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The No. 32 Gophers men’s tennis team ended its successful regular season with decisive wins over Nebraska and Iowa.

Minnesota beat Nebraska 5-2 on the road Friday and Iowa 7-0 at home Sunday. The victories made Minnesota a lock for the NCAA tournament next month.

Young said he was satisfied with the way his team handled the weekend.

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The women lost two more matches in the last regular-season weekend.
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The men’s team can secure a spot in the NCAA tournament with a successful weekend.
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Thu, 04/18/2013
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Both of Minnesota’s tennis teams will host Senior Day during the weekend, but only one has a postseason goal in sight.

The Gophers men are a virtual lock to make the NCAA tournament, but a strong showing this weekend will ensure their spot.

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The men’s team can secure a spot in the NCAA tournament with a successful weekend.
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Both teams beat Penn State before losing to Ohio State.
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Mon, 04/08/2013
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Minnesota’s women’s tennis squad split a pair of matches at Baseline Tennis Center during the weekend.

The unranked Gophers had lost three straight matches entering the weekend, and head coach Chuck Merzbacher had said his team needed to respond.

They did Friday before losing a close match Sunday.

“I thought our intensity was good all weekend,” he said. “It’s just one went our way and one didn’t.”

Minnesota upset No. 33 Penn State 4-3 on Friday thanks to a pivotal win on the doubles side to start the match.

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Both teams beat Penn State before losing to Ohio State.
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Gophers coach Chuck Merzbacher left Ohio State after 16 years.
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Thu, 04/04/2013
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Minnesota women’s tennis head coach Chuck Merzbacher admitted this is a big weekend for him.

His Gophers need to bounce back after three straight losses, but he also has a personal tie to Sunday’s match.

After hosting Penn State on Friday, Minnesota will host Ohio State — Merzbacher’s old stomping grounds — on Sunday.

Merzbacher coached at Ohio State for 16 years but left when the opportunity to coach Minnesota presented itself last summer.

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The Gophers women lost both of their matches to higher-ranked foes.
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Mon, 04/01/2013
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The Gophers’ Mathieu Froment watched his Illinois opponent’s shot sail out of bounds then looked at his teammates and let out a roar.

The sophomore was met seconds later by a mob of teammates. His three-set win capped a 4-3 comeback win over No. 19 Illinois on Sunday at Baseline Tennis Center — the Gophers’ second upset victory of the weekend.

Minnesota (8-8, 4-1 Big Ten) has won four straight matches — all against higher-ranked opponents — and looks to have hit its stride in the last few weeks.

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The Gophers women lost both of their matches to higher-ranked foes.
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Bad weather has forced Minnesota’s tennis teams to play indoors.
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Thu, 03/28/2013
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Minnesota saw what looks to be the last snowfall of a brutal winter last week.

The prolonged winter can’t end soon enough for the Gophers men’s and women’s tennis coaches.

Though the weather has been an inconvenience to students on campus, the tennis teams might have been more impacted.

“It’s important to get outside because the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA tournament are both played outside,” first-year women’s head coach Chuck Merzbacher said.

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Michigan snapped the women’s team’s six-match winning streak.
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Mon, 03/25/2013
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The Gophers women’s tennis team’s six-game winning streak was snapped Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota lost to No. 9 Michigan 6-1, falling to 8-7 on the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten.

The Gophers performed well on the doubles side during their six-game winning streak.

They looked in position to capture the doubles point again Sunday as the No. 3 doubles pair won its match 8-2., but the No. 1 and 2 doubles teams both lost.

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Alexa Palen’s career has been plagued by injuries, but she’s hoping to return this season over spring break.
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Tue, 03/12/2013
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Gophers tennis senior Alexa Palen sat quietly in the stands at Baseline Tennis Center a few weeks ago.

She wore a Gophers hoodie and sweatpants and was forced to watch as her team secured a big win against rival Wisconsin.

She cheered from the stands, but it was clear the senior wished to be on the court competing for her squad.

“It was brutal,” Palen said. “It sucked. I’m not going to lie.”

Palen has missed more than a month of action since being diagnosed with mononucleosis in early February.

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Alexa Palen’s career has been plagued by injuries, but she’s hoping to return this season over spring break.
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The Gophers women's tennis team beat Mississippi State and Wisconsin over the weekend. The men lost to Wisconsin.
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Mon, 02/25/2013
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Minnesota head women’s tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher said this week his team needed both wins over the weekend.

They got ’em.

The Gophers have struggled to start the season, but they appear to have hit their stride in the past couple of weeks. They stretched their winning streak to four matches this weekend with wins over Mississippi State and Wisconsin at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota beat Mississippi State 4-3 on Friday night and beat rival Wisconsin 7-0 on Sunday to kick off the Big Ten season.

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Both teams will start the bulk of their conference schedule in late March.
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Thu, 02/21/2013
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The Gophers men’s and women’s tennis teams will get a sneak peek of the Big Ten this weekend in the form of rival Wisconsin.

Both teams will start the bulk of their conference schedule in late March.

Women’s coach Chuck Merzbacher said Sunday’s match will serve as a measuring stick.

It’ll be the second week in a row that the women will be able to sleep in their own beds before the match. The Gophers had a brutal road stretch early in the season.

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