matcThe Minnesota women's tennis team finished the Minnesota Court Classic with a 5-2 win over Marquette University at the Northwest Athletic Club in Burnsville, Minn. The Gophers won the third-place match with five wins in singles competition and are now 1-1 on the season.
The Gophers fell behind early with two losses in doubles competition, as Marquette gained a point. Sophomore Brandi Watts and first-year Kandis Batiste defeated Marquette's Alexandra Stankovic and Sommer La Valley, 8-3 in the lone doubles win.
Minnesota's Michaela Havelkova won the No. 1 singles, taking the match to three sets against Genevieve Charron. Havelkova lost the first set 6-7 (8), but came back to win 6-4, 6-4. Jennifer Howard won 6-4, 6- 4 over Annabelle Espinosa, while Andrea Rose won 6-4, 7-6 (4) against Marquette's Veronica Garcia Briseno in the No. 3 singles. First year Kelly Perry gained a win in the No. 5 singles, defeating La Valley 6-1, 6-2 and Batiste won 7-5, 6-3 over Stankovic en route to the 5-2 win.
Minnesota returns to action next weekend as the team travels Iowa State Feb. 1 for a 4:00 p.m. match, followed by Drake on Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Minnesota 5, Marquette 2 Singles Michaela Havelkova def. Genevieve Charron, 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-4 Jennifer Howard def. Annabelle Espinosa, 6-4, 6-4 Andrea Rose def. Veronica Garcia Briseno, 6-3, 7-6 (4) Anna Pavlovic def. Brandi Watts 7-5, 6-2 Kelly Perry def. Sommer La Valley, 6-1, 6-2 Kandis Batiste def. Alexandra Stankovic, 7-5, 6-3 Doubles Charron/Briseno def. Havelkova/Rose, 8-2 Pavlovic/Espinosa def. Perry/Howard, 8-3 Watts/Batiste def. Stankovic/La Valley, 8-3