Oct. 18, 2013
The Minnesota women’s tennis team picked up play at the USTA/ITA Central Region Championships in Norman, Okla. Friday with doubles play. After Julia Courter and Jessika Mozia joined Gopher teammates Tereza Brichacova and Natallia Pintusuava in the main draw of singles competition with two wins apiece Thursday, inclement weather caused the postponement of singles play. Doubles were played instead.
Minnesota began the day with four doubles tandems in the 64-team field and finished with a record of 3-4.
Mozia and Brichacova went the furthest of any Gopher duo, reaching the Round of 16 with two wins on the day. The pair defeated Krizia Buck and Bianca Struklj of Central Arkansas 8-1 before edging Missouri’s Alex Clark and Madison Rhyner 8-7 (3). Their run ended in the third round when they fell 8-5 to Abby Stevens and Julia Schiller of Wichita State.
The Gophers have now completed doubles play and their four remaining singles competitors will resume play Saturday.
Round of 64
Shelby Talcott/Katie Zordani (IOWA) def. Kendall Heitzner/Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) 8-4
Maja Vujic/Yuliana Umanets (MINN) def. Summer Schlotterback/Whitley Quan (WSU) 8-5
Maria Sant'Anna/ Rongrong Leenabanchong (TULSA) def. Natallia Pintusava/Julia Courter (MINN) 8-2
Jessika Mozia/Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Krizia Buck/Bianca Struklj (UCA) 8-1
Round of 32
Jessika Mozia/Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Alex Clark/Madison Rhyner (MIZZ) 8-7 (3)
Marcelina Cichon/Yelena Nemchen (TULSA) def. Maja Vujic/Yuliana Umanets (MINN) 8-1
Round of 16
Abby Stevens/Julia Schiller (WSU) def. Jessika Mozia/Tereza Brichacova (MINN) 8-5
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.