Nov. 8, 2013
The Minnesota women’s tennis team finished its first day of play at the Kitty Harrison Invitational Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Gophers finished 2-6 in singles and went 1-4 in doubles.
Senior Yuliana Umanets and sophomore Kendall Heitzner each earned wins in singles play win straight sets. Umanets dispatched Jackie Lee of William & Mary 7-5, 6-0, while Heitzner took down the Tribe’s Julia Casselbury in back-to-back sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Tereza Brichacova, Jessika Mozia, Julia Courter, Aria Lambert, Paula Rincon Otero, and Maja Vujic all dropped their first singles match of the weekend. Mozia and Vujic both lost in third-set supertiebreakers by identical 10-5 scores.
Umanets, Mozia, and Brichacova are now tied for the team lead in fall wins with eight.
Minnesota was able to muster one win in five singles matches on the day and Heitzner was also a part of that. The Potomac, Md. native partnered with Julia Courter to defeat Virgnia’s Maci Espstein and Caryssa Peretz of Virginia, 8-6. The match was the tandem’s second of the day.
Play in North Carolina resumes Saturday with one round of singles and one round of doubles and will conclude Sunday with a round of singles.
Following the weekend, the Gophers will not play until the spring season begins in January. The Gophers season will start Jan. 19 when it welcomes both Eastern Michigan and Northern Iowa to the Baseline Tennis Center for matches.
Maria Belaya (W&M) def. Tereza Brichacova (MINN) 6-2, 6-3
Jeltje Loomans (W&M) def. Jessika Mozia (MINN) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (5)
Leeza Nemchinov (W&M) def. Julia Courter (MINN) 7-5, 6-2
Mélanie Roy (W&M) def. Aria Lambert (MINN) 7-5, 6-2
Nabila Farah (W&M) def. Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) 6-4, 6-4
Sydney Smith (W&M) def. Maja Vujic (MINN) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (5)
Kendall Heitzner (MINN) def. Julia Casselbury (W&M) 6-4, 6-4
Yuliana Umanets (MINN) def. Jackie Lee (W&M) 7-5, 6-0
Laura Slater/Kate Vialle (UNC) def. Tereza Brichacova/Jessika Mozia (MINN) 8-6
Ashley Dai/Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Julia Courter/Kendall Heitzner (MINN) 8-3
Salome Kvitashvili/Olga Terteac (VCU) def. Paula Rincon Otero/Maja Vujic (MINN) 8-6
Cindy Chala/Yukako Noi (VCU) def. Kelsey Frechette/Aria Lambert (MINN) 8-1
Julia Courter/Kendall Heitzner (MINN) def. Maci Espstein/Caryssa Peretz (UVA) 8-5
Merzbacher Gets 400th Career Victory
The Courtside Classic comes to a close with the Gophers winning the consolation match over New Mexico 5-2 earning Coach Chuck Merzbacher his 400th career victory.
Gophers Battle at Courtside Classic
Courtside Classic day one is in the books with the Gophers falling 4-3 to DePaul. All three Gophers seniors pulled out singles wins on the day.
Gophers Bring Back Courtside Classic
The re-established Courtside Classic is set for this weekend as the Gophers host DePaul, Mississippi State and New Mexico.