The University of Minnesota women’s tennis team held their team banquet Sunday where they handed out team awards and celebrated the season.
After defeating back to back ranked opponents in singles matches and the Gophers placing third, University of Minnesota junior Caroline Ryba was named MVP of the Courtside Classic.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers will be traveling to Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero, Fla. on Thursday to compete in the FGCU Fall Tournament.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers finished strong after four days of competition at the Gopher Invitational at Baseline Tennis Center this weekend.
2017 SPRING SEASON
Named to the All-Big Ten team for second straight year • collected a 15-7 record in singles play, all from the No. 1 spot • went 10-10 in doubles play with the majority of her matches in the No. 2 spot with partner Frei • defeated No. 123 ranked Taylor Ng of Dartmouth in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 • took down No. 87 ranked Yuliya Shupenia of DePaul in an exciting three set match 4-6,6-3,6-1 • ended the season on a six match winning streak and won eight out of the last 10 • was the team's Sportsmanship Award recipient • came back after dropping the first set on four different occasions including a win against Indiana 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 • helped secure a point against No. 24 Mississippi St with a 6-3 victory over the pair of Harrison/Lizariturry • won four straight doubles matches during the spring season with the help of teammate Frei • won three straight B1G doubles matches including a victory over No. 9 Michigan 7-6 (7-4) • was named Co-Team MVP with Tina Kreinis by her teammates.
2016 FALL SEASON
Went 6-6 in singles play and 14-5 in doubles • picked up two singles victories and five doubles victories at the Gopher Invitational • added four more doubles wins at the FGCU Fall Tournament • played into the round of 16 at the ITA Central Region Championships with three singles wins • won four doubles matches with Cammy Frei at the ITA Central Region Championships • picked up one doubles win with Frei at the Kitty Harrison Invite.
2016 SPRING SEASON
Named to the All-Big Ten team • went 12-8 in singles playing every single match at the No. 1 spot • went 13-7 in doubles going 13-4 with Julia Courter • went 2-1 against opponents who were ranked at time including a big win over No. 44 Lauren Chypyha out of Wisconsin • ranked as high as No. 120 in the country and No. 8 in the Central Region • had a six match win streak from Feb. 26-March 18 • named the B1G Athlete of Week on March 1 • sealed the doubles and singles point on numerous occasions.
2015 FALL SEASON
Finished the fall season with a 6-4 record in singles play and 1-3 record in doubles play • started her season with a trip to the ITA All-Americans tournament going 1-1 including a victory over Washington’s Nour Abbes • had a fantastic outing at the ITA Central Region Championships advancing to quarterfinals in singles including beating a ranked opponent in Kelli Hine out of Missouri • at the Thunderbird Invitational she won a singles match over California’s Audrey Mayer and won a doubles match with teammate Mehvish Safdar.
2014-15 • FRESHMAN SEASON
Finished the season 20-12 in singles and 17-9 in doubles • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree • went 11-5 in both singles and doubles at the Baseline Tennis Center • on the spring, went 14-7 in singles and 10-7 in doubles • played at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and Nos. 1 and 3 doubles • became the first Gopher freshman since 2011 to win at the No. 1 singles position against a Division I opponent and finished 3-0 at that spot in the lineup • went 11-7 at No. 2 • won 10 of her first 11 singles matches on the dual season • had five Big Ten singles wins • had a 10-5 doubles record with Mehvish Safdar • duo led the team with six conference wins and won six straight matches from March 16 to April 5 • capped her first collegiate fall season 6-5 in singles and 7-2 in doubles • placed third at the Gopher Invitational in singles (Sept. 19-21) • as a qualifier, reached the round of 16 at the ITA Central Region Championships (Oct. 16-20) • won a Gopher Invitational doubles title with Aria Lambert and had second-place finishes with Safdar and Jessika Mozia at the tournament (Sept. 19-21) • won a pair of doubles matches at the Big Green Invitational alongside Kendall Heitzner (Oct. 31-Nov. 2).
PRIOR TO MINNESOTA
Was a four-time All-Central Suburban League and a two-time all-state honoree • was Glenbrook South High School's most valuable player three times • won five Level 2 Midwest tournaments and many lower level tournaments • finished junior tennis with a No. 31 ranking in the United States and a No. 2 ranking in the state of Illinois among Class of 2014 high school graduates according to tennisrecruiting.net • listed as a five-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net • went 24-0 in her junior year to earn the first seed at the IHSA State tournament • won her conference in her sophomore, junior, and senior years • won sectionals as a sophomore and as a junior.
Plans to major in Chemical Engineering • was on her high school honor roll, received awards in biology, chemistry, physics, AP Chemistry, and English, and finished high school with a 4.25 grade point average • enjoys listening to music, running, yoga, and reading • most memorable sports thrills were winning the 2010 G16s Midwest Open and going undefeated (24-0) in her junior season of high school tennis, earning the No. 1 seed at the IHSA State tournament • daughter of Danuta and Bogdan Ryba • born June 28, 1996.
|Caroline Ryba's Career Statistics|
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