April 5, 2013
The Minnesota Golden Gopher women’s tennis team bumped back up to a .500 season with a 4-3 victory over the No. 33 Penn State Nittany Lions tonight at Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Maroon and Gold now sit at 9-9 overall, and 3-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Penn State falls to 12-4, 2-4 B1G.
The Gophers started strong with an impressive showing in the doubles competition. Positions two and three picked up match victories to give the team a point for the early lead. Jessika Mozia and Tereza Brichacova finished first at No. 3 with an 8-3 topping of Marie Bedard and Jacqueline Zuhse. Alexa Palen and Doron Muravnik won by an identical score over Devan McCluskey and Carmen Sandor at the second position to bring home the doubles point.
The top doubles between Minnesota’s Natallia Pintusava and Paula Rincon Otero and Penn State's No. 75 duo Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting ran up a score of 6-7 in a tight race before
Penn State answered right away, winning the first two singles to take the match lead. First McCluskey defeated Aria Lambert (6-3, 6-3) at the third position and Sandor followed with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Mozia at the fifth. Pintusava evened the score at 2-2 by defeating Januskova, the No. 57 singles player in the nation, in straight sets (7-5, 6-1).
At No. 2, Brichacova pushed the Gophers back into the lead with a three-set win over Utting (4-6, 6-1, 6-3). Rincon Otero clinched the team victory with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 final at No.3 singles.
The Gophers will face another ranked opponent on Sunday when head coach Chuck Merzbacher’s former team, Ohio State, visits the Twin Cities campus. The match is set to take place at 11 a.m. CT and, weather permitting, could be the first outdoor match of the season.
Tennis Match Results
April 5, 2013
Baseline Tennis Center
Minnesota 4, #33 Penn State 3
1. Pintusava/Rincon Otero (MINN) vs. #75 Januskova/Utting (PSU) 6-7 unfinished
2. Muravnik/Palen (MINN) def. McCluskey/Sandor (PSU) 8-3
3. Brichacova/Mozia (MINN) def. Bedard/Zuhse (PSU) 8-3
1. Natallia Pintusava (MINN) def. #57 Petra Januskova (PSU) 7-5, 6-1
2. Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Chelsea Utting (PSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) def. Jacqueline Zuhse (PSU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
4. Devan McCluskey (PSU) def. Jessika Mozia (MINN) 6-3, 6-3
5. Carmen Sandor (PSU) def. Aria Lambert (MINN) 6-2, 6-4
6. Marie Bedard (PSU) def. Alexa Palen (MINN) 3-6, 6-3, 2-2 retired
Order of Finish
Doubles: 3, 2
Singles: 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 6
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