Gophers Win Twice to Move to 4-0

Jan. 26, 2014 

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MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women’s tennis team staked itself to a 4-0 start to the season for the first time in 17 years by blanking both North Dakota and South Dakota State at the Baseline Tennis Center Sunday. Through four matches, the Gophers have conceded just one point and have strung three shutout wins in a row for the first time since 1995.

After combining to go 32-32 in dual-match doubles play a season ago, Minnesota has stormed out of the gate to sweep the doubles competition in each of its 2014 matches so far, going 12-0. 

Sunday, Tereza Brichacova and Jessika Mozia earned two wins at the top position, shutting out UND 6-0 and edging out Jenny Blackburne and Ffion Davies of the Jackrabbits, 7-6 (4).

Natallia Pintusava and Julia Courter gave the Gophers the early advantage in both doubles competitions, winning both of their matches in under 25 minutes. The duo defeated Lacey Sprinkel and Faith Lee of North Dakota, 6-0, and Florencia Magni and Iasmin Rosa of South Dakota State, 6-1.

Following a lengthy 7-6 (4) win over North Dakota, Aria Lamber and Paula Rincon Otero dispatched SDSU’s Tacy Haws-Lay/Beatriz Souza, 6-2, in the afternoon match.

Along with doubles, the Gophers swept the singles competition in both matches, winning every set and dropping only 20 games in the 12 matches.

No. 65-ranked Brichacova won twice at No. 1 and Pintusava did the same at No. 2. Lambert and Rincon Otero also picked up two wins apiece on the day. Brichacova, Lambert, and Rincon Otero are all 4-0 on the year.

Minnesota singles competitors to pick up one win each on the day were Mozia, Courter, Kendal Heitzner, and Maja Vujic. Heitzner and Vujic each made her Minnesota dual-match debut against North Dakota. Heitzner downed Stephanie Biehn, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5, while Vujic beat Mikaela Bennett  6-0, 6-2, at No. 6.

With the pair of wins, the Gophers are 12-3 at home under second-year head coach Chuck Merzbacher. Minnesota hits the road next week, however, when it travels to Missoula, Mont. to face Washington State in a neutral-site match Saturday and Montana in its first road match Sunday.

Minnesota 7, North Dakota 0
January 26, 2014
Baseline Tennis Center • Minneapolis, Minn.

Match duration: 2:23

SINGLES
1. No. 65 Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Callie Ronkowski (UND) 6-1, 6-1
2. Natallia Pintusava (MINN) def. Stephanie Petsis (UND) 6-1, 6-2
3. Aria Lambert (MINN) def. Lacey Sprinkel (UND) 6-0, 6-1
4. Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) def. Faith Lee (UND) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kendall Heitzner (MINN) def. Stephanie Biehn (UND) 6-1, 6-0
6. Maja Vujic (MINN) def. Mikaela Bennett (UND) 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 5*, 4, 6, 2

DOUBLES
1. Tereza Brichacova/Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Callie Ronkowski/Stephanie Petsis (UND) 6-0
2. Natallia Pintusava/Julia Courter (MINN) def. Lacey Sprinkel/Faith Lee (UND) 6-0
3. Aria Lambert/Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) def. Stephanie Biehn/Mikaela Bennett (UND) 7-6 (4)
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3

Minnesota 7, South Dakota State 0
January 26, 2014
Baseline Tennis Center • Minneapolis, Minn.

Match duration: 2:02

SINGLES
1. No. 65 Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Florencia Magni (SDSU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Natallia Pintusava (MINN) def. Ffion Davies (SDSU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Iasmin Rosa (SDSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Julia Courter (MINN) def. Jenny Blackburne (SDSU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Aria Lambert (MINN) def. Beatriz Souza (SDSU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) def. Tacy Haws-Lay (SDSU) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 1*, 3, 6, 4

DOUBLES
1. Tereza Brichacova/Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Jenny Blackburne/Ffion Davies (SDSU) 7-6 (4)
2. Natallia Pintusava/Julia Courter (MINN) def. Florencia Magni/Iasmin Rosa (SDSU) 6-1
3. Aria Lambert/Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) def. Tacy Haws-Lay/Beatriz Souza (SDSU) 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3*, 1

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