Jan. 20, 2013
The Golden Gopher women's tennis team opened its spring season with two dual match wins on Saturday at Baseline Tennis Center. No. 41 Minnesota defeated Marquette 5-2 in a lunchtime match, and beat Montana 4-3 in the evening.
Against Marquette, the Gophers swept the doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Minnesota's No. 1 and 2 pairings (Natallia Pintusava and Tereza Brichacova, and Yuliana Umanets and Jessika Mozia) won close matches, while Alexa Palen and Emilie Renault dominated their match, winning 8-2.
Brichacova, Umanets, Mozia and Doron Muravnik won their singles matches for Minnesota. Brichacova defeated Rocio Diaz 6-2, 6-4. Umanets beat Ali Dawson 6-2, 6-3. Muravnik downed Aina Hernandez Soler in a tiebreak, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6).
Three of the Gophers' and Eagles' singles matches went to tiebreakers, and both of Marquette's wins came on tiebreaks. Ana Pimienta beat Pintusava 3-6, 7-6, 1-0 (4) in the No. 1 match. Erin Gebes edged Aria Lambert 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8).
In the evening match against Montana, the Gophers trailed after doubles. Umanets and Mozia again paired up to win, defeating Maddy Murray and Sasha Carter 8-6, while the Grizzlies took the other two matches.
Pintasuva won a close first set over Heather Davidson and dominated the second to win 7-5, 6-1. Lambert followed a similar pattern in her match against Mackey, winning 6-4, 6-1. Brichacova won in three sets against Carter (6-2, 5-7, 6-2), and Mozia defeated Precious Gbadamosi 6-0, 6-2.
Minnesota will travel to College Station, Texas, Jan. 26-27 for the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Gophers will face Arizona in their first match of the tournament.
Jan. 19, 2013
Baseline Tennis Center - Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota 5, Marquette 2
1. Natallia Pintusava and Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Rocio Diaz and Ali Dawson (MARQ) 8-6
2. Yuliana Umanets and Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Erin Gebes and Ana Pimienta (MARQ) 8-7
3. Alexa Palen and Emilie Renault (MINN) def. Aina Hernandez Soler and Aleeza Kanner (MARQ) 8-2
1. Ana Pimienta (MARQ) def. Natallia Pintusava (MINN) 3-6, 7-6, 1-0 (4)
2. Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Rocio Diaz (MARQ) 6-2, 6-4
3. Yuliana Umanets (MINN) def. Ali Dawson (MARQ) 6-2, 6-3
4. Erin Gebes (MARQ) def. Aria Lambert (MINN) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8)
5. Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Laia Hernandez Soler (MARQ) 6-0, 6-2
6. Doron Muravnik (MINN) def. Aina Hernandez Soler (MARQ) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6)
Minnesota 4, Montana 3
1. Heather Davidson and Laurence Pelchat (MONT) def. Natallia Pintusava and Tereza Brichacova (MINN) 8-5
2. Yuliana Umanets and Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Maddy Murray and Sasha Carter (MONT) 8-6
3. Precious Gbadamosi and Ashley Mackey (MONT) def. Alexa Palen and Emilie Renault (MINN) 8-4
1. Natallia Pintasuva (MINN) def. Heather Davidson (MONT) 7-5, 6-1
2. Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Sasha Carter (MONT) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. Haley Driver (MONT) def. Yuliana Umanets (MINN) 6-4, 6-1
4. Aria Lambert (MINN) def. Ashley Mackey (MONT) 6-4, 6-1
5. Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Precious Gbadamosi (MONT) 6-1, 6-0
6. Laurence Pelchat (MONT) def. Doron Muravnik (MINN) 6-2, 5-7, 1-4 (ret.)
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