Women's Tennis

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Thu, 05/02/2013
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The Gophers can’t seem to escape connections to athletics director Norwood Teague.

Minnesota’s men’s tennis team will face Virginia Commonwealth, Teague’s former school, in the first round of the NCAA tournament May 10. The Gophers lost 5-2 to the Rams in January, but they played much better in the second half of the season.

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The women’s season ended in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
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Mon, 04/29/2013
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The Gophers men’s tennis team lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, but head coach Geoff Young said he’s satisfied with the way his team performed during the weekend.

Minnesota defeated Michigan State 4-0 on Friday and then lost 4-3 to Michigan on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

“That couldn’t have gone much better against Michigan State, and with Michigan … we knew it was going to come down to the wire,” Young said. “It just didn’t go our way that time.”

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Two underclassmen have helped the Gophers amid a tough season.
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Thu, 04/25/2013
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Minnesota’s women’s head tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher has acknowledged all season that his roster is littered with youth.

That youth that has led the team at times.

Though a junior and a sophomore hold the top two spots in the singles lineup, freshmen Paula Rincon Otero and Jessika Mozia have contributed greatly to the Gophers.

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Whitney Taney went undefeated in her six years at Edina High School.
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Tue, 04/23/2013
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Whitney Taney is arguably the most dominant women’s tennis player to ever walk the halls at Edina High School. She ended her high school career six years ago with a 166-0 record, one that might never be matched.

Then she took her talents to the University of Michigan, where she holds the record for the most career doubles wins.

Now, in her first year as an assistant coach at Minnesota, she’s trying to help turn around a struggling Gophers women’s tennis program.

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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 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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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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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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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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