Women's Tennis

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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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Bad weather has forced Minnesota’s tennis teams to play indoors.
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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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Michigan snapped the women’s team’s six-match winning streak.
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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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The Gophers women's tennis team beat Mississippi State and Wisconsin over the weekend. The men lost to Wisconsin.
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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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Both teams will start the bulk of their conference schedule in late March.
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The men’s team also won with relative ease Saturday.
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Mon, 02/18/2013
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Minnesota’s women’s tennis team has struggled for most of the past month, but it bucked that trend over the weekend.

The Gophers snapped their six-game losing streak with a pair of dominant wins over Northern Iowa and Carleton on Saturday at Baseline Tennis Center.

Both opponents were second-tier competition, but head coach Chuck Merzbacher said the wins gave his squad a much-needed confidence boost.

“We felt pretty confident about the matches,” he said, “so I think these matches were used to prepare for next weekend.”

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The men’s team also won with relative ease Saturday.
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The men’s team won 4-3 on Friday and lost 4-3 on Saturday.
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Mon, 02/11/2013
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The Gophers men’s tennis team split matches with Louisville and Boise State over the weekend at Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota snapped its four-match losing streak Friday in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 win against Louisville, but it lost 4-3 to Boise State the next night.

Brendan Ruddock was the hero Friday night as he won a three-set match that spanned more than three hours to clinch the win.

Minnesota won the doubles point against Louisville with victories by its No. 2 and No. 3 doubles squads.

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The men’s team won 4-3 on Friday and lost 4-3 on Saturday.
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Both Gophers teams have lost four matches in a row.
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Mon, 02/04/2013
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Minnesota’s women’s tennis team lost matches to Louisville and Virginia Tech this weekend in Blacksburg, Va., to move its current losing streak to four.

Head coach Chuck Merzbacher said the streak isn’t indicative of the way the season will turn out.

He said the team has been plagued by injuries and misfortune that has contributed to the skid.

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Both Gophers teams have lost four matches in a row.
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Mon, 01/28/2013
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Minnesota’s men’s tennis team won only four matches all weekend at the ITA Kickoff Opener in Athens, Ga.

The Gophers (1-2) struggled from the start and lost 5-2 to Virginia Commonwealth on Friday. Minnesota on Saturday fell to Vanderbilt 7-0.

“It was a good experience for our team,” head coach Geoff Young said. “Now we know what we need to work on in practice this week.”

Young said every player on the team can improve different elements of his game.

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The Gophers women's tennis team beat Marquette 5-2 and Montana 4-3.
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Tue, 01/22/2013
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The Gophers women’s tennis team kicked off its spring season with a pair of victories over the weekend.

In its first action in two months, Minnesota beat Marquette 5-2 on Saturday afternoon and squeaked out a 4-3 victory over Montana a few hours later at Baseline Tennis Center.

“We got tough when tough was needed,” head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “We were real competitive in key moments.”

Jessika Mozia, a freshman for the Gophers, embodied that type of competitiveness all weekend.

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The Gophers women's tennis team beat Marquette 5-2 and Montana 4-3.
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