Feb. 7, 2014
2014 Schedule | Recap: Gophers Suffer First Setback Against WSU | Recap: Gophers Bounce Back With 7-0 Victory
The Gophers Women's basketball team hit the road, going all the way to Montana this past weekend. Did I say basketball? I meant the Gophers Women's TENNIS Team, obviously. It seemed that the citizens of Missoula either have never seen a women's basketball because there was more than one situation when people thought of us as players of other sports than tennis. At one point, some 12-year-old girls asked us if we were cheerleaders (can you imagine Aria Lambert with pompoms? Yeah, me neither). Apparently Montana doesn't have only a different nature but also a different thinking than Minnesota.
It was exciting to see the mountains; we got a few opportunities to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful view.
But then we got back to business! The team faced Washington State on Saturday morning. We were ready to go and be "Minnesota tough" as usual, but our opponent got a few more points. That means that we unfortunately suffered our first loss of the spring season. The 4-3 score is maybe the worst of all the possible scores, and when we consider that the girls played three matches in deciding super-tiebreakers, it is hard to take the L.
The team bounced successfully back on Sunday morning with the 7-0 win! Montana was not an easy opponent, but we showed them how we do it in Minnesota. Girls were competing hard in front of Missoula's crowd that came to watch. We didn't mind the audience; Minnesota with its lone fan (Alex, thank you) got all needed points. After this match we could be relaxed again and add other W to our statistics.
Talking about statistics, let me point out a couple of things. We have a great record in doubles so far, 16-0. Some of the girls are 6-0 (big applause to Paula Rincon Otero!) and are now 5-1 in singles.
This shows how dedicated the team is and that it is on the good way to accomplish big things this season.
If you want to see the dedication live, there is only one way to do it. Come and cheer for us the next weekend as we take on Oklahoma State (February 14 at 5 p.m.) and Oregon (February 16 at 11 a.m.). These matches are going to be pretty intense, so our fans better be ready. And also where else should you spend your Valentine's Day other than the Baseline Tennis Center?
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.