Evanston, Ill. – The University of Minnesota women’s tennis team (13-10, 5-4 Big Ten) took on the No. 12 ranked Northwestern Wildcats (17-4, 10-0) on the road and fell by a score of 6-1.
“We started slow today, we gave ourselves a chance in doubles late, but couldn’t dig ourselves out,” Head Coach Catrina Thompson said. “We will have to regroup and get ready for the final weekend of the regular season next weekend.”
The Gophers made a run in the doubles competition after falling behind 4-0 in all of the three matches. Tina Kreinis and Annemarie Emme combined to come back against the No. 25 ranked doubles team in the country and tied the match at 5-5 before it was suspended due to the doubles point being completed. In singles, Cammy Frei was the only Gopher to pick up a win for Minnesota in straight sets.
Northwestern put on one of the top doubles teams in the country in Evanston on Sunday. Minnesota had to take on the No. 4 ranked team in the No. 1 spot, and dropped that match along with the No. 3 doubles match 7-5.
Northwestern took control early in the singles competition. Minnesota had three matches end in straight sets which included No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 singles.
The Gophers couldn’t get on the board until the dual was already decided. Cammy Frei won her first set 6-4 in the No. 6 spot, and went on to match that in the second set to win in straight sets.
Tina Kreinis forced a third set against the No. 68 ranked player in the country, Maddie Lipp, but fell in the tiebreaker set, wrapping up the dual by a score of 6-1.
Minnesota will remain on the road for the final weekend of the regular season. The Maroon and Gold will take on rival Iowa on Friday April 20 in Iowa City. The match will begin at 3:00 p.m. The Gophers will then travel down to Lincoln, Neb. to take on the Cornhuskers in the regular season finale on Sunday April 22 at 12:00 p.m.
#12 Northwestern 6, Minnesota 1
1. #35 Erin Larner (NU) def. Caroline Ryba (MINN) 6-1, 6-1
2. #68 Maddie Lipp (NU) def. Tina Kreinis (MINN) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0
3. Lee Or (NU) def. Annemarie Emme (MINN) 6-3, 6-1
4. Julie Byrne (NU) def. Barbara Mancera (MINN) 6-2, 6-2
5. Inci Ogut (NU) def. Caitlyn Merzbacher (MINN) 6-4, 6-4
6. Cammy Frei (MINN) def. Alex Chatt (NU) 6-4, 6-4
1. #4 Erin Larner/Maddie Lipp (NU) def. Mehvish Safdar/Caitlyn Merzbacher (MINN) 6-0
2. Tina Kreinis/Annemarie Emme (MINN) vs. #25 Alex Chatt/Lee Or(NU) 5-5 unfinished
3. Julie Byrne/Rheeya Doshi (NU) def. River Hart/Caroline Ryba (MINN) 7-5
Minnesota 13-10, 5-3
Illinois 17-4, 10-0; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,4,5,6,2)
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