Jan. 7, 2013
The Minnesota’s women’s tennis program was chosen as the No. 41 team in the nation, as selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Two-time defending national champions the Florida Gators pick up where they left off, on top of the country with the No. 1 pick.
Led by first year head coach Chuck Merzbacher, the Golden Gophers return nine letterwinners to this season’s roster. Last season, the team was consistently ranked in the top half of the rankings, finishing at No. 39.
The team is one of eight Big Ten squads to receive recognition in the top 50. Northwestern is the highest-ranked Big Ten affiliate as the No. 13 team. Michigan and Nebraska come in at No. 16 and No. 17, respectively. Illinois was voted No. 24, while Purdue fell just outside the top 25 with a No. 27 pick. Trailing Minnesota is Indiana (No. 49) and Penn State (T-No. 50). Ohio State took place at No. 57 on the list and Wisconsin was the final Big Ten team to make the poll, edging in at No. 75.
Minnesota returns to the court to start the spring season on Jan. 19.The squad will face Marquette and Montana at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively.
Gophers Hire Ward as Assistant Coach
The University of Minnesota women’s tennis program has added Brian Ward as an assistant coach, announced Monday by head coach Catrina Thompson.
Gopher Tennis To Take Part in Charity Event
Both current and former Minnesota women’s tennis players will be taking part in the 32nd annual Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic Tournament
Meet Head Coach Catrina Thompson
Catrina Thompson sat down with GopherSports.com to talk about her vision for Minnesota tennis, her journey to becoming a head coach and her twin sister who is also a Division I Head Coach.