Women's Tennis

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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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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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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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Minnesota’s Leandro Toledo nearly upset the nation’s No. 5 player.
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Mon, 11/12/2012
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A quiet murmur surrounded the courts at the US Open tennis site in Flushing, N.Y., over the weekend.

The reason for the chatter: Gophers sophomore Leandro Toledo.

Toledo fell in the second round at the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships over the weekend, but he made a name for himself in the process.

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Minnesota qualified eight players for the main draw, but it lost six of seven first-round matches.
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Sun, 10/21/2012
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Minnesota’s women's tennis team saw mixed success over the weekend at the ITA Central Regional Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

The Gophers started off on the right foot and advanced three players through the qualifying round.

Julia Courter, Jessika Mozia and Aria Lambert won two matches apiece to reach the main draw, where other members had already qualified.

“We were well-represented with eight athletes in the main draw of the competition,” head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “I was really happy with that.”

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Jessika Mozia made the title match at the Wildcat Invitational.
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Mon, 10/15/2012
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Northwestern was a thorn in the Gophers’ side all weekend — on the football field and on the tennis court.

While Minnesota’s football team fell to the Wildcats on Saturday, eight hours south of the Twin Cities, the women’s tennis team struggled to find a rhythm at the Wildcat Invitational in Evanston, Ill.

The Gophers brought eight members of the team to compete in the weekend tournament, and every athlete lost her first-round match except freshman Jessika Mozia.

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Minnesota battled in a weekend tournament at the Cal Nike Invite filled with first-tier teams.
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Mon, 10/01/2012
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It’s not a breeding ground for powerhouse women’s tennis, but Minnesota showed this weekend it can compete with high-powered tennis teams from the West Coast.

Tereza Brichacova cruised into the finals in her singles matches over the weekend at the Cal-Berkeley Invitational. But on Sunday — when she trailed 5-0 in the first set of the finals — she was forced to withdraw in order to make her flight back to the Twin Cities.

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Minnesota’s Pauline Gilbert and Kelsey Frechette won the second-tier doubles championship.
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Mon, 09/17/2012
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Minnesota’s women’s tennis squad opened its fall season over the weekend, winning one doubles championship at the Gopher Invitational at Baseline Tennis Center.

Although tennis is technically considered a spring sport, a series of tournaments in the fall serve as a tune-up.

“In the fall, we have four tournaments, and we’re just using it to get match play … and work on our skills,” first-year head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “It’s important for the individuals, but it helps us get ready as a team too.”

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Tyler Thomson led Minnesota's women's tennis team for 11 years.
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Wed, 06/27/2012
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Gophers head women’s tennis coach Tyler Thomson has left Minnesota to become the head coach at William and Mary, where he was an assistant from 1997-2001.

William and Mary announced the move June 21. A national search to find Thomson’s replacement at Minnesota will begin shortly.

Thomson said “a lot of factors” guided his decision — his familiarity with William and Mary, the historical success of its women’s tennis program and his and his wife’s desire to raise their kids in a smaller community.

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