April 22, 2012
On the day it celebrated its lone senior, Magdalena Wiecha, the No. 33 Minnesota women’s tennis team closed out its regular season with a 6-1 win over Iowa at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon. The victory improved the Gophers’ record to 15-7 with a 5-6 mark in the Big Ten.
For the fourth time in the last six matches, Minnesota won the doubles. The Gophers swept all three matches for the sixth time this season a worked efficiently, taking only 50 minutes to do so.
The third pairing of freshmen Tereza Brichacova and Aria Lambert jumped out to 6-0 lead and never looked back for an 8-1 win. Juniors Alexa Palen and Doron Muravnik clinched the point with an 8-3 victory.
Wiecha and her partner, sophomore Natallia Pintusava, secured the doubles sweep by with an 8-3 triumph over Sonja Molnar and Morven McCulloch at the No. 1 position. The 46th-ranked duo concluded the regular season with a 12-4 ledger, going 8-3 in Big Ten play. Over he four-year career, Wiecha is now 64-53 in doubles play.
In singles, Wiecha picked up where she left off in her final home match, putting her team ahead by two with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6 over Cassandra Escobar. The singles match was Wiecha’s third of the year. She is now 2-1 and has a career record of 55-54.
Muravnik put the Gophers on the brink of a win with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 and Brichacova sealed the overall win with a straight-set victory of her own at No. 3, topping Katie Zordani 6-1, 6-4.
First-year player Lambert became the next to finish at No. 5 after she downed Ally Majercik 6-3, 6-2. Iowa got on the scoreboard with a match tiebreaker win by Christina Harazin at No. 4. The match concluded in with another match tiebreaker at the top flight, where Pintusava outlasted the 65th-ranked Molnar for an upset win.
The Gophers’ 15 regular-season win total is their highest total since 2003 when the team racked up 16 victories before conference tournament action began and their five Big Ten wins mark their highest conference total since that same year when they went 9-1.
The win was Minnesota’s second straight on Senior Day against Iowa and improved the team’s all-time record against the Hawkeyes to 35-21. The Gophers defeated their southern border rivals 6-1 on Senior Day last year before beating them again in the conference playoffs one week later, 4-2.
Minnesota will next play at the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio starting on Thursday. The Gophers will be the tournament’s sixth seed.
Apr. 22, 2012
Baseline Tennis Center • Minneapolis, Minn.
No. 33 Minnesota 6, Iowa 1
1. Natallia Pintusava (MINN) def. No. 65 Sonja Molnar (IOWA) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (7)
2. Doron Muravnik (MINN) def. Morven McCulloch (IOWA) 6-2, 6-2
3. Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Katie Zordani (IOWA) 6-1, 6-4
4. Christina Harazin (IOWA) def. Julia Courter (MINN) 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (7)
5. Aria Lambert (MINN) def. Ally Majercik (IOWA) 6-3, 6-2
6. Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) def. Cassandra Escobar (IOWA) 6-0, 6-1
1. No. 46 Natallia Pintusava/Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) def. Sonja Molnar/Morven McCulloch (IOWA) 8-3
2. Alexa Palen/Doron Muravnik (MINN) def. Christina Harazin/Katie Zordani (IOWA) 8-3
3. Tereza Brichacova/Aria Lambert (MINN) def. Ally Majercik/Ellen Silver (IOWA) 8-1
No. 33 Minnesota 15-7 (5-6 Big Ten)
Iowa 8-14 (2-9 Big Ten)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,3,5,4,1)