No. 7 Minnesota (20-9-3, 13-6-3 WCHA) lost to No. 1 Wisconsin (28-3-2, 19-2-2 WCHA) 4-3 in Madison, Wisconsin after Claudia Kepler’s two third period goals propelled the Badgers to victory.
Junior Josip Krstanovic ran back and forth, breathing heavily as he chased after tennis balls at practice as the Gophers prepared for the upcoming match on Saturday against their rival, Wisconsin.
In a year where the Gophers have needed players to step into bigger roles, Skarzynski has shown she has been up to the challenge. Skarzynski has accrued 24 points so far with one more series to play against No. 1 Wisconsin this weekend.
The Gophers finished eighth in the Big Ten Match Play championship on Friday and Saturday in Palm Coast, Florida. All 14 Big Ten teams participated in the event. Minnesota was seeded fourth by Golfstat.
On Friday night, the Gophers (3-3) lost to undefeated Dartmouth 5-2. They followed that loss by beating Rice (3-3) the next day 6-1.
When senior Caroline Ryba took the court on Friday afternoon, she celebrated her 50th consecutive start in the Gophers' No. 1 singles position. For Ryba and the Gophers, the weekend could not have gone much better.
In the Gophers' first action since October, they finished 11th out of 12 teams in the tournament that was held at Don Veller Seminole Golf Course in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday and Saturday.
Senior Caroline Ryba has been an essential part of Minnesota her whole career, closing in on her 50th consecutive match in the No. 1 singles spot.
Minnesota (4-1) lost 4-3 to Utah (1-1) in a tight match Sunday. The match came down to Minnesota’s Camila Vargas Gomez against Taylor Calton, and Calton clinched the victory or the Utes.
The Gophers (2-2) beat Sacramento State (0-3) 7-0 on Friday afternoon. In singles competition, four of the six matches went into the third set, but Minnesota edged the Hornets in each one. Sophomore Stefan Milicevic picked up his first victory in the No. 1 singles spot.