Women's Tennis

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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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Tereza Brichacova won the top singles division during the weekend tourney.
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Mon, 09/23/2013
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Gophers head coach Chuck Merzbacher said Sunday  his team is “light years” ahead of where it was at this time last year.

His squad kicked off its fall season this weekend with the Gopher Invitational and had the tournament’s top singles finisher in both the first and second divisions.

“We really got a lot done this weekend as far as competing,” Merzbacher said, “and our fitness level is pretty strong.”

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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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