Women's Tennis

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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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Minnesota’s Pauline Gilbert and Kelsey Frechette won the second-tier doubles championship.
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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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The men lost 4-2 to Tulsa and the women lost 4-1 to Arizona.
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Fri, 05/11/2012
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The Gophers men's and women's tennis teams saw their seasons end Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament with losses to higher-ranked opponents.

The men fell 4-2 to No. 20 Tulsa in Norman, Okla., while the women fell 4-1 to No. 28 Arizona in Chapel Hill, N.C. Both Gophers teams were ranked 35th nationally.

Senior Phillip Arndt and freshman Jack Hamburg won for the men in singles to even the match at 2-2. Then freshman Leandro Toledo and senior Julian Dehn each lost in third sets to clinch the match for the Golden Hurricanes.

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The men lost 4-2 to Tulsa and the women lost 4-1 to Arizona.
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The men also received a bid and will play Tulsa in the first round. The women play Arizona.
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Tue, 05/01/2012
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The Gophers women's tennis team has earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. The NCAA released the tournament's 64-team bracket Tuesday.

Minnesota will play Arizona in the first round May 11 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Wildcats finished 15-8 overall and 5-5 in the Pac-12 and were most recently ranked 27th in the nation.

The Gophers, who were ranked 34th, finished 16-8 with a 5-6 Big Ten record. They were swept by Illinois -- a team Arizona swept in February -- in the second round of the Big Ten tournament.

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Both teams are expected to make the NCAA tournament despite disappointments at the Big Ten tournament. The men lost to Indiana and the women lost to Illinois.
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Mon, 04/30/2012
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It takes very little to separate Indiana and Minnesota’s men’s tennis teams these days.

Prior to last weekend, the Gophers had gotten the better of the Hoosiers in recent matches — but Friday in the Big Ten tournament’s second round, Indiana struck back.

The Hoosiers knocked the Gophers out of the tournament with a 4-3 comeback win. It was Minnesota’s first loss since April 8 and its first loss to Indiana since April 2011.

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Both teams are expected to make the NCAA tournament despite disappointments at the Big Ten tournament. The men lost to Indiana and the women lost to Illinois.
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The women will play Iowa for the second week in a row, while the men received a first-round bye.
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Thu, 04/26/2012
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The Gophers women’s tennis team has faced its fair share of difficult tests following a 12-1 start, and it hasn’t always fared well.

Three losses to top-25 teams dropped Minnesota out of contention for a Big Ten title early, but the Gophers weathered the storm and elevated their performance in the regular season’s final weeks.

This weekend, the stakes will be raised as Minnesota competes at the Big Ten championships in Columbus, Ohio.

The sixth-seeded Gophers play Iowa — a team they beat 6-1 last Sunday — in Thursday’s first round.

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The women will play Iowa for the second week in a row, while the men received a first-round bye.
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Led by Julia Courter, the Gophers’ freshman class has taken the team to new heights this season.
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Thu, 04/26/2012
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The “freshman phenom” has been a theme in the local sports scene this season.

Struggling Minnesota teams have turned to first-year players — such as Gophers basketball freshmen Rachel Banham and Andre Hollins and the Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio — to revive fan bases and win games.

Quietly, the Gophers women’s tennis team has managed the same type of success. But there is no “freshman phenom” to credit — just a three-member freshman class that has initiated a new culture on and off the court.

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The men earned the fourth seed in the Big Ten tournament after dominating Nebraska and Iowa.
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Mon, 04/23/2012
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Things haven’t been pretty for the Gophers women’s tennis team over the past month, but Minnesota managed to keep its season intact with a split over the weekend.

Decimated by injuries for a second straight year, the No. 33 Gophers pieced together a 6-1 win against Iowa on Sunday after being crushed 7-0 by Nebraska on Friday.

The split ensured the Gophers (15-7, 5-6 Big Ten) the sixth seed in the Big Ten tournament, which will pit them against Iowa once more in Thursday’s first round.

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Neither team can win the Big Ten’s regular-season title, but both are playing well down the stretch.
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Thu, 04/19/2012
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The Gophers men’s and women’s tennis teams have enjoyed similarly successful spring seasons to date, but entering the final weekend of conference play, their approaches are polar opposites.

The women, who sit in the middle of the Big Ten at 4-5, seek the sixth seed in the conference’s tournament April 26-29. They can ensure that spot with wins against Nebraska and Iowa this weekend, but they could fall as low as 10th with two losses.

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