April 19, 2013
Minnesota Women’s Tennis fought hard through a battle with No. 14 Nebraska, but ultimately fell by a score of 6-1 this afternoon at Baseline Tennis Center. With the loss, the Gophers fall to 9-13 overall and 3-7 in league play. The Cornhuskers improve to 20-4, 9-1 B1G.
After a short ceremony to honor the two graduating seniors, Alexa Palen and Doron Muravnik, the day began in doubles. Nebraska tallied the first team point with straight wins at the first and second positions. Nebraska’s No. 4 ranked duo of Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova shutout Minnesota’s Natallia Pintusava and Paula Rincon Otero (8-0) at ones. No. 77 Stefanie Weinstein and Janine Weinreich sealed the point for the Cornhuskers with an 8-3 defeat of Tereza Brichacova and Doron Muravnik at No. 2. Palen paired with Jessika Mozia at the No. 3 doubles spot. The duo ran out to a 6-4 lead before the game was called.
The Cornhuskers clinched the match on the singles side by closing out the necessary three wins early. First to finish was No. 3 singles where Weinstein downed Rincon Otero (6-2, 6-2). Weinreich followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Aria Lambert. The Cornhuskers clinched the team victory after Brichacova fell to Veresova (6-1, 6-2) at the second singles. Zgierska set the score at 5-0 with a two-set victory over Yuliana Umanets.
At No. 4, Jessika Mozia brought home the only victory for the Gophers after forcing the only three-set match on the day. After losing the first set to Nebraska’s Lehmicke (6-1), Mozia won the second (6-3) and overcame her opponent in the tiebreaker (10-6).
Pintusava held her own against Weatherholt, the No. 11 singles player in the country. She forced a 7-5 score in the first and a 6-3 score in the second, but ultimately fell short in the battle.
Only one match remains on the Gophers’ regular season schedule. They will travel to Iowa this weekend and will close out Big Ten Conference action with a match on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
April 19, 2013
Baseline Tennis Center
#14 Nebraska 6, Minnesota 1
1. #4 Weatherholt/Veresova (NEB) def. Pintusava/Rincon Otero (MINN) 8-0
2. #77 Weinstein/Weinreich (NEB) def. Brichacova/Muravnik (MINN) 8-3
3. Mozia/Palen (MINN) vs. Zgierska/Lehmicke (NEB) 6-4 unfinished
1. Mary Weatherholt (NEB) def. Natallia Pintusava (MINN) 7-5, 6-3
2. Patricia Veresova (NEB) def. Tereza Brichacova (MINN) 6-1, 6-2
3. Stefanie Weinstein (NEB) def. Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) 6-2, 6-2
4. Maggy Lehmicke (NEB) def. Jessika Mozia (MINN) 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6)
5. Janine Weinreich (NEB) def. Aria Lambert (MINN) 6-3, 6-2
6. Izabella Zgierska (NEB) def. Alexa Palen (MINN) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish
Doubles: 1, 2
Singles: 3, 5, 2, 6, 4, 1
Gophers Fall in B1G Tournament
Minnesota battled down to the wire but fell 4-1 to Wisconsin in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament this afternoon.
Gophers Ready for Border Battle Rematch
Minnesota made the Big Ten Tournament and will be the first match taking on Wisconsin Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Michigan State Tennis Facilities.
Seniors Leave Baseline Victorious
Minnesota ended the regular season on a winning note defeating Rutgers, 4-3, on senior day.