With a combination of new and returning players, the University of Minnesota women’s tennis team cruised to a 7-0 victory over Drake on Saturday in Rochester, Minn.
In Minnesota’s first dual match of the 2008-09 season, five Golden Gophers won both their doubles and singles matches.
Karina Chiarelli first won 8-2 at the No. 1 doubles match with Alex Seaton, before the Brazilian squeaked by at the No. 2 singles (3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9).
Another veteran to win both at her doubles and singles matches was Alessandra Ferrazzi, who won the No. 2 doubles 8-4 with Niltooli Wilkins and then defeated Drake’s Gabby Demos 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 3 singles. Wilkins also won her No. 1 singles 7-5, 7-5 to give the freshman a perfect start to her Gopher career.
Junior Tijana Koprivica and freshman Magdalena Wiecha won 9-7 at the No. 3 doubles, before the pair both won at their singles. Koprivica won the No. 5 singles (6-2, 6-0) and Wiecha won at the No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-3).
Fellow Gopher Jackie Sperling also won 6-1, 6-4 in her singles match at the No. 6.
The University of Minnesota women’s tennis team heads to Los Angeles next week for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Jan. 31- Feb. 1. The Golden Gophers will face UCLA on Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m. and either LSU or DePaul on Feb. 1.
Minnesota 7, Drake 0
1. Karina Chiarelli/Alex Seaton (MINN) def. Amanda Aragon/Gabby Demos (Drake) 8-2
2. Alessandra Ferrazzi/Niltooli Wilkins (MINN) def. Veronika Leszayova/Jessica Labarte (Drake) 8-4
3. Tijana Koprivica/Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) def. Morgan Rainey/Jessica Aguilera (Drake) 9-7
1. Wilkins (MINN) def. Leszayova (Drake) 7-5, 7-5
2. Chiarelli (MINN) def. Demos (Drake) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)
3. Ferrazzi (MINN) def. Rainey (Drake) 6-1, 6-1
4. Wiecha (MINN) def. Aguilera (Drake) 6-1, 6-3
5. Koprivica (MINN) def. Kari Sloboth (Drake) 6-2, 6-0
6. Jackie Sperling (MINN) def. Aragon (Drake) 6-1, 6-4