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.
The women’s season ended in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
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.
Whitney Taney went undefeated in her six years at Edina High School.
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.
The Gophers women lost both of their matches to higher-ranked foes.