Women's Tennis

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The men’s team won twice on the road, including a comeback against No. 31 Indiana.
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Mon, 04/16/2012
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As the spring season has progressed, the Gophers women’s tennis team has continued its high level of play against quality opponents.

It just doesn’t have the results to show it.

No. 31 Minnesota split a pair of home matches over the weekend, defeating Indiana 7-0 on Friday and losing to Purdue 4-3 on Sunday.

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The men’s team won twice on the road, including a comeback against No. 31 Indiana.
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The women’s team has lost four of its last five matches, and the men have lost three of four. The men play Indiana and Purdue on the road this weekend.
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Thu, 04/12/2012
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Motivation comes in odd ways.

Prior to the Gophers women’s tennis team’s match at Penn State last Friday, head coach Tyler Thomson promised the team that he would get his cheeks tattooed with the letter ‘M’ for Minnesota if it won all three doubles matches.

Sure enough, the Gophers swept the doubles, and Thomson donned a new look as he watched the team close out a 5-2 win.

“It was like extra motivation for us,” top doubles player Natallia Pintusava said with a laugh.

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The women’s team has lost four of its last five matches, and the men have lost three of four. The men play Indiana and Purdue on the road this weekend.
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The women’s team will attempt to end a three-match losing streak against two lower-ranked opponents.
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Thu, 04/05/2012
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It’s not often that a team simply shrugs off two important road losses.

But the No. 47 Gophers men’s tennis team, after losing at Northwestern and Illinois last weekend, is attempting to do just that in preparation for this weekend’s home matches against Penn State and Ohio State.

Head coach Geoff Young said he thinks the team is playing well and with confidence despite the losses, which ended a seven-match winning streak. Minnesota is 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.

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The women lost twice at home, extending their losing streak to 3.
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Mon, 04/02/2012
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The road has not been kind to the Gophers men’s tennis team in 2012, and it delivered its cruelest blow yet over the weekend in Illinois.

No. 36 Minnesota went toe-to-toe with No. 53 Northwestern, losing 4-3 on Saturday in Evanston, Ill., and No. 17 Illinois, losing 4-2 on Sunday in Champaign, Ill.

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The women’s team will try to recover from its first loss in a month with two difficult tests at home.
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Thu, 03/29/2012
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While the Gophers women’s tennis team has engineered a dramatic reversal from its disappointing 2011 season, the men’s team has put together a mid-season turnaround, which began a week after it lost its third consecutive match Feb. 4.

The Gophers were 1-3 in nonconference play — 0-3 on the road — when they won three consecutive home matches to boost their confidence heading into a two-match road trip.

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The women lost their first match since Feb. 5 while the men upset Michigan at home.
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Mon, 03/26/2012
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A week ago, playing as the favorite, the upstart Gophers women’s tennis team held off two tough opponents in close matches to extend its winning streak to eight.

This week, Minnesota got a taste of its own medicine.

After defeating unranked Michigan State 5-2 on the road Saturday, the No. 26 Gophers fell 6-1 Sunday to the No. 20 Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich.

It was reality check for a Minnesota team that jumped from being unranked at the beginning of the season to being the fourth-ranked team in the Big Ten.

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Each team will also play Michigan State over the weekend.
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Thu, 03/22/2012
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The Gophers women’s tennis team hasn’t had much luck lately against Michigan.

The Wolverines, ranked 20th nationally this season, have dominated the Big Ten in recent years. Minnesota, which has often been near the bottom of the conference, has lacked the talent, experience and health to compete with them.

“In past years, it’s maybe been a bit of a pipe dream [to beat Michigan],” Gophers head coach Tyler Thomson said. “They’ve just been a level better than us.”

Not this year.

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The Gophers defeated No. 52 Tulane and No. 50 LSU on the road.
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Mon, 03/19/2012
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The first six weeks of the Gophers women’s tennis team’s season was a test, and Minnesota aced it with nine wins in its first 10 matches.

This past weekend, Minnesota tacked on some extra credit.

No. 34 Minnesota won its seventh and eighth consecutive matches, rallying to defeat No. 52 Tulane 4-3 on Thursday and No. 50 Louisiana State on Saturday in its final two matches of the nonconference season.

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The junior has emerged as a singles standout in the Gophers' 9-1 start.
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Wed, 03/07/2012
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Alexa Palen was an All-American even before she joined the Gophers women’s tennis team.

Or at least that’s how Gophers women’s coach Tyler Thomson saw her.

Thomson, Minnesota's 11th-year head coach, wrote “2013 All-American” on Palen’s recruiting itinerary when she came to Minnesota on her official visit — months before she struck her first ball in a Gophers uniform.

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The women won their ninth consecutive match to surpass last year’s win total.
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Mon, 03/05/2012
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Winning is a habit and losing is a habit.

Few teams understand that better than the Gophers women’s tennis team.

No. 30 Minnesota won its sixth-straight match Sunday, defeating No. 60 Wisconsin 5-2 in Madison, Wis., in its conference opener.

The Gophers had losing streaks of four and eight matches during their 2011 campaign, which they finished with an 8-16 record. They have already won nine matches to start 2012, with their lone loss Feb. 5 at home to then-No. 28 Washington.

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