Gophers senior Sabrine Garrison will play in her last Big Ten Championship this weekend. In her head coach's words, Garrison is the epitome of what a student-athlete represents. Garrison has flourished in both realms — school and sports — in her college career.
Even when conditions got tough with wind, rain and cold, senior Riley Johnson put together his best finish with Minnesota in Iowa City, Iowa.
Minnesota placed 10th in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational that featured 14 teams, including nine Big Ten teams. The tournament was scheduled to have three 18-hole rounds to decide the winner, but because of heavy overnight rains in Columbus, Ohio, the tournament ended without playing the third round on Sunday.
Minnesota (13-10, 5-4 Big Ten) lost to No. 12 Northwestern (17-4, 10-0 Big Ten) 6-1 on Sunday in Evanston, Illinois. The Gophers battled in the doubles portion of the dual, but still came up short. In singles, Cammy Frei was the only player to claim victory for the Gophers.
The No. 36 Gophers (13-6, 6-2 Big Ten) beat Michigan State (8-15, 1-7 Big Ten) 7-0 on Friday night at the Baseline Tennis Center. All six of the Gophers won their matches in straight sets. Senior Matic Spec and sophomore Stefan Milicevic extended their singles winning streaks.
For freshman Vlad Lobek, the past weekend in Indiana offered a prime example of learning from experience.
In China, Muyu Wu sent out emails to coaches across the Big Ten that contained her scores and her swing in hopes of playing college golf. Her talent caught the eye of Minnesota head coach Michele Redman.
Freshman Vlad Lobek forced a third set on Friday in Indiana, but could not win the final match of the day to get the victory for the Gophers. On Sunday, however, he redeemed himself and earned the important fourth point for the Gophers.
It was a senior season to remember for Minnesota’s Caroline Ryba and Mehvish Safdar. Earlier in her senior year, Ryba had eclipsed the 50-match mark in the No. 1 singles spot. Safdar, along with her doubles partner, Caitlyn Merzbacher, has a record of 12-5.
Sophomore Tina Kreinis is known by her teammates for her tenacity on the court.