Caitlyn Merzbacher
Caitlyn  Merzbacher


Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Edina HS


Gophers Named to ITA All-Academic Team

The University of Minnesota women’s tennis team was named a 2016 Intercollegiate Association (ITA) All-Academic team.


Gophers Headline 21st Aquatennial

A combination of 17 former and current Gopher student-athletes competed at the 21st Aquatennial Tennis Classic


Gophers Competitive in ITA Summer Circuit

The University of Minnesota women's tennis team continued their strong summer this past weekend at the ITA Summer Circuit.


Gophers Compete in Summer ITA Circuit

Five Gopher women's tennis players will compete in the the ITA Summer Circuit at Purdue.


Gophers Compete in US Open Qualifier

Six University of Minnesota tennis student-athletes competed this weekend at the US Open Sectional Qualifier.

Went 7-2 in singles matches and 11-12 in doubles • played 20 matches in the No. 1 spot with Safdar going 9-11 and went 2-0 in the No. 3 spot with Kreinis • played both in the No. 5 and No. 6 slots in singles matches going 3-1 and 4-1 • did not drop a single game in a match against South Dakota State winning 6-0, 6-0 • defeated Maria Pandya of South Dakota while not dropping a single game 6-0, 6-0 • in the No. 6 position, picked up a win 6-0, 6-1 over Indiana • won first four doubles matches of the spring season • swept the Memphis pair of Cao/Wind 6-0 • left a match unfinished against No. 80 team of Van Heuvelen/Douglas while up 5-4.

Went 1-2 in singles play and 3-4 in doubles • picked up two doubles wins with Mehvish Safdar at the Gopher Invitational • won a singles and doubles match at the Kitty Harrison Invite.

Went 1-1 in singles play and 12-13 in doubles during the spring season • played 19 doubles matches with Mehvish Safdar at the No. 3 spot going 10-9 in dual match play • topped NDSU's Courtney Brackin in two sets in first singles dual match of career. 

Completed the fall season 7-5 in singles play and 10-2 in doubles play • at the Gopher Invite started her doubles career a perfect 5-0 while going 4-1 in singles including a third place finish in the “B” Flight  kept her strong doubles performance going into the ITA Central Region Championships advancing to the round of 16 with Jessika Mozia. She also picked up a pair of singles consolation victories • went 1-2 in singles competition and 2-1 in doubles competition at the Big Green Invitational.

Captain of Edina High school tennis team • part of four high school state championships, two with Ohio and two with Edina High School in Minnesota • singles state champion in Minnesota 2013 and 2014 • was named All-Conference all four seasons in high school • named All-American senior season • voted team MVP in 2013 and most dedicated both 2013 and 2014 • national open doubles champion • went to Europe for one month this summer as part of the USTA playing in an organization called Tennis: Europe

Plans to study marketing • winner of the Minnesota Academic All State Award • was named to the honor roll all four years of high school • lists favorite sports thrill as being part of Edina’s 18th straight team state championship • enjoys playing hockey and doing crafts with friends • daughter of Chuck and Cherie Merzbacher • father Chuck is the Gophers head women’s tennis coach and played tennis at Minnesota from 1983-1987, leaving as the all-time leader in career singles victories • brother Chad (21) plays golf at the University of Tennessee • born December 16, 1996

Caitlyn Merzbacher's Career Statistics
Season Singles Doubles
2015-16 8-6 22-15
2016-17 11-4 16-16
Career Totals 19-10 38-31


Gophers Add Transfer Zhang from UNLV

Gophers Add Transfer Zhang from UNLV

6/15/2018 - W. Tennis

The University of Minnesota women’s tennis team announced today the addition of Juliet Zhang, a sophomore who will compete for the Gophers this upcoming fall.

161 Gophers Receive Academic All-Big Ten Honors

161 Gophers Receive Academic All-Big Ten Honors

5/30/2018 - W. Tennis

A total of 161 student-athletes were honored by the Big Ten Conference on the Academic All-Big Ten Team.

Ryba, Safdar Earn All-Big Ten Honors

Ryba, Safdar Earn All-Big Ten Honors

5/3/2018 - W. Tennis

The Big Ten Conference office announced today the All-Big Ten selections for the 2017-18 season.

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