Oct. 6, 2013
The Minnesota women’s tennis team completed play at the Northwestern Wildcat Inviational in Evanston, Ill. Sunday afternoon by playing four doubles matches and going 2-2. In total, the Gophers finished 15-15 overall in singles, going 5-5 in Saturday’s final rounds, and 8-10 in doubles.
In the top flight of doubles, Natallia Pintusava and Julia Courter earned their first win of the weekend over Alanna Wolff of Princeton and Mia Lancaster of Oklahoma, 6-5 to finish 1-2. Tereza Brichacova and Paula Rincon Otero were idle Sunday finished with the same record in the same draw to finish eighth
In the Brown doubles flight, Jessika Mozia and Maja Vujic placed fourth, while Kelsey Frechette and Aria Lambert recovered from a first round loss to win the consolation draw with back-to-back victories. Kendall Heitzner and Yuliana Umanets also went out on a winning note by doubling up Oklahoma’s Zita Engbroks and Abbi Melrose, 6-3.
In the top singles flight, Pintusava and Brichacova each lost semifinal matches and tied for third. Courter went 1-2 in the Red Flight, but teammate Mozia defeated Maddie Lipp of the host Wildcats 6-5, 4-6, 6-4 to take third place.
Minnesota players went winless in the Black and White singles flights, but freshman Maja Vujic won the consolation draw in the Green Flight win consecutive wins over opponents from North Carolina and Illinois.
The Gophers found success in the Blue Flight as both Heitzner and Umanets shared the draw’s title by reaching the championship. They did not play out the championship match. Also in that the draw, Frechette dropped her semifinal match, but salvaged third place with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win over Kentucky’s Grace Trimball.
Next up on the docket for Minnesota will be the ITA Central Region Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Oct. 17-21. The team will then travel to the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Nov. 8-10.
Singles (Final Round)
Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Natallia Pintusava (MINN), 6-1, 6-1
Mia Lancaster (OKLA) def. Tereza Brichacova (MINN), 6-4, 6-1
Elisha Hande (NCST) def. Aria Lambert (MINN), 6-2, 6-3
Emma Devine (OKLA) def. Julia Courter (MINN), 6-3, 6-1
Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Maddie Lipp (NW), 6-5, 4-6, 6-4
Nicole Martinez (NCST) def. Paula Rincon Otero (MINN), 6-2, 6-2
Maja Vujic (MINN) def. Julia Jamieson (ILL), 6-1, 6-4
Kendall Heitzner (MINN) def. Taylor Zaytoun (NCST), 6-1, 6-1
Yuliana Umanets (MINN) def. Ann Pepper (OKLA), 6-1, 6-4
Kelsey Frechette (MINN) def. Grace Trimball (UK), 6-0, 6-0
Doubles (Second/Third Rounds)
Veronica Corning/Brooke Rischbieth (NW) def. Tereza Brichacova/Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) 6-2
Elisha Hande/Nicole Martinez (NCST) def. Tereza Brichacova/Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) 6-1
Marie Faure/Caryssa Peretz (UVA) def. Natallia Pintusava/Julia Courter (MINN) 6-0
Natallia Pintusava/Julia Courter (MINN) def. Christy Sipes/Taylor Zaytoun (NCST) 6-1
Jessika Mozia/Maja Vujic (MINN) def. Julia Jamieson/Emily Baretta (ILL)
CeCe Witten/Stephanie Fox (UK) def. Jessika Mozia/Maja Vujic (MINN) 6-2
Kelsey Frechette/Aria Lambert (MINN) def. Mia Lancaster/Abbi Melrose (OKLA) 6-5
Jillian Rooney/Anastasia Tripolskaya (NW/WISC) def. Kendall Heitzner/Yuliana Umanets (MINN) 6-5
Kelsey Frechette/Aria Lambert (MINN) def. Alicia Barnett/Anastasia Tripolskaya (NW/WISC) 6-3
Doubles (Final Round)
Kendall Heitzner/Yuliana Umanets (MINN) def. Zita Engbroks/Abbi Melrose (OKLA) 6-3
Natallia Pintusava/Julia Courter (MINN) def. Alanna Wolff (Princeton)/Mia Lancaster (OKLA) 6-5
Emily Hahn/Katie Goepel (PRIN) def. Jessika Mozia/Maja Vujic (MINN) 6-1
Kelsey Lawson/Rebeca Mitrea (DEP) def. Tereza Brichacova/Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) 6-1
Gophers Hand Out Team Awards at Banquet
The University of Minnesota women’s tennis team held their team banquet Sunday where they handed out team awards and celebrated the season.
Ryba Earns All-Big Ten Honors
Caroline Ryba was named to the All-Big Ten Team for the second time in her collegiate career and was also named the team's Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Comeback Falls Short for Gophers
No. 8 seeded Minnesota fell in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to No. 9 seeded Nebraska, 4-3, after falling in the final set.