Jan. 23, 2014
2014 Schedule | Recap: Gophers Win Twice on Opening Day
Saturday, January 19 was probably a normal day for most of the people, but it had a special meaning for Gopher Women’s Tennis team and its fans. It was the first game day of the upcoming spring season and a doubleheader as a bonus.
The team had been practicing since January 8, so we came in well prepared and ready to compete.
Our routine started with a great breakfast at Tony’s—you just can’t go wrong with that choice. Then we took care of our injuries, stretched in the training room and hooray on to the courts. The warm up for the matches is now crucial, because we don’t get to warm up against our opponents (new, very interesting rule for college tennis). Warm up, discussion about our game plan, national anthem, and suddenly it was noon and we started playing against Eastern Michigan, battling for every point to reach the W for our team.
We were happy about our doubles. All of us clinched the W. But we couldn’t celebrate just yet, because the single matches were coming up. Every girl was ready to run for every point, cheering for others, and fans were extra supportive. We won five out of six matches, which means that the final score against Eastern Michigan was 6-1. What a great start!
But that wasn’t not all. We got back on the courts again that evening against Northern Iowa. Still warmed up from the previous matches, all the players jumped into the competition winning every single match of the evening. A final score 7-0 looks great!
Paula added very funny comment, which I wanted to share: “Our opponents got a lot of bicycles, bagels, and breadsticks.” A little explanation here: bicycles refer to score 6-0, 6-0; a bagel is just one set score of 6-0; and a breadstick belongs to score of 6-1. We didn’t take anything for granted and didn’t allow our opponents to take any point from us. We just followed our three rules until the very end of the day – we were disciplined, supportive, and Minnesota tough.
We are happy to open the season with 2-0 record, but we know that it is just the beginning and there are many matches left. So the team is back on courts practicing and getting ready for upcoming weekend. So should our fans! Get ready, because the Gophers are eager to show how to play a good tennis. Gophers will face North Dakota and South Dakota State on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
I will be there, the team will be there, so you better be there too!
Ski-U-Mah and be Minnesota Tough in this cold weather.
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.