Gophers Silence Cyclones, Improve To 8-2
Feb. 21, 2014
The Minnesota women’s tennis team improved to 7-2 on the season with a 7-0 win against Iowa State on Friday night at Baseline Tennis Center. Minnesota is now 30-1 all-time against the Cyclones.
The Gophers will look to improve on their season record when they host Marshall and Carleton on Sunday. Minnesota faces the Thundering Herd, which is ranked No. 70, at 11 a.m. before facing the in-state Division III Knights at 6 p.m.
With the win against Iowa State, the Gophers have now won two straight matches and are 6-1 at home this year. Minnesota is now 14-4 at Baseline Tennis Center under second-year head coach and alum Chuck Merzbacher.
"Today was a strong showing by our team from the first point to the last," said Merzbacher. "The team stayed in control the entire time. I am proud of them!"
Minnesota staked a 1-0 lead against the Cyclones by sweeping the three doubles matches. The Gophers were 32-32 in dual-match doubles play last year, but are now 21-3 this season after tonight’s result.
Natallia Pintusava and Julia Courter improved to 8-0 on the season as they won 8-1 at second doubles against Meghan Cassens and Ana Gasparovic. Tereza Brichacova and Jessica Mozia also won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles, while Maja Vujic and Kendall Heitzenger notched an 8-2 win at the third position.
Mozia picked up where she left of in doubles and rolled Cassens 6-0, 6-1 at third singles to put Minnesota up 2-0 in the match. Paula Rincon Otero quickly made it 3-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph against Lydia Green at fifth singles.
Aria Lambert was the third and final Gopher to not allow a point in the first set as she beat Waites 6-0, 6-3 at sixth singles to secure the dual-match with for the Gophers.
Brichacova polished off Pronina at No. 1 singles with a score of 6-4, 6-0 and Courter posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Gasparovic at No. 4 singles. Pintusava completed the scoring for Minnesota with a 6-2, 7-5 win at the second position against Budaj.
Minnesota has now collected 50 of 63 (79.3 percent) possible team points this year, combining to go 43-12 in singles and 21-3 in doubles.
Minnesota 7, Iowa State 0