After missing the NCAA tournament last year, the Gophers are looking to regain ground in the national postseason tournament.
As a kid, Jack Hamburg used hit to tennis balls back and forth with his mother at the local tennis club in Rapid City, S.D. Even though he played often, he wasn’t completely sold on being a tennis player.
After earning a share of the Big Ten regular season title for the first time since 1995, the Gophers headed into the conference tournament on a high note.
Since Minnesota claimed a share of the Big Ten regular-season title last weekend, the team’s expectations are at an all-time high.
Before playing a single point at the collegiate level, two future Gophers brought their talents together at a USTA national tournament last year.
The Gophers haven’t won the Big Ten regular season title since 1995. But with two upset victories against third-ranked Illinois and No. 27 Northwestern this weekend, No. 33 Minnesota clinched a share of the conference title.
The Gophers saved one of their most challenging weekends of the regular season for last. No. 33 Minnesota is set to face third-ranked Illinois and Northwestern, two teams right next to the Gophers in the Big Ten standings.
After defeating Michigan and Michigan State on the road, No. 32 Minnesota improved to 8-1 in conference play over the weekend. The team has also won seven of its last eight Big Ten matches.
From seventh grade varsity tennis to being one of MinnesotaâÄôs best singles players, Aria Lambert has excelled in every level of competition sheâÄôs played. In her four years at Minnesota, Lambert has compiled a total of 78 singles victories so far, which puts her ninth in program history. By winning her match against Iowa last weekend, Lambert passed alumna Alessandra Ferrazzi, who has 76 wins.
Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg were randomly paired together for doubles during their sophomore year. âÄúWe won both matches, and weâÄôve been playing [together] ever since,âÄù Hamburg said. And itâÄôs worked out for the Gophers, as the two seniors have honed their game and built chemistry together. Winning the doubles point gives a team the advantage heading into the singles competition, and the duo has helped the Gophers do that for the past three seasons. Out of 21 meets this season, Minnesota has won the doubles point 17 times. And of those 17 times, theyâÄôve won a total of 15 meets.