fellThe Minnesota women's tennis team fell to the second Big Ten opponent this week, dropping a 5-2 decision to No. 35 Ohio State. The Golden Gophers captured wins at the No. 2 and No. 6 singles, but fell in doubles competition and the rest of the singles action. Minnesota is now 3-8 on the season, 0-3 in league play.The Gophers fell to Penn State, 5-2, Friday night.
The Gophers started strong in doubles competition with a 9-8 win from Michaela Havelkova and Valerie Vladea at the No. 1 slot. However, Minnesota would drop the next two, giving up the doubles point.
Minnesota collected a win at the No. 2 singles from Valerie Vladea, defeating OSU's Erica Fisk, 6-4, 6-4. Minnesota would collect another win at No. 6 when Kandis Batiste defeated Lindsay Adams, 6-4, 4-6 and won the tiebreaker 10-6. It was Batiste's first win of the 2001-02 season.
The Gophers will take a weekend off, but return to action March 8 when Minnesota hits the road and takes on Syracuse for a 4 p.m. match. The Maroon and Gold will then face Maryland at Syracuse March 10 for a 10 a.m. match.
No. 1 Doubles Havelkova/Vladea def. Rincon/Colville, 9-8 (8) No. 2 Fisk/Pervez def. Perry/Rose, 8-3 No. 3 Matko/Williams def. Howard/Watts, 8-6 No. 1 Singles Monica Rincon def. Michaela Havelkova, 6-1, 6-3 No. 2 Valerie Vladea def. Erica Fisk, 6-4, 6-4 No. 3 Sadhaf Pervez def. Andrea Rose, 6-1, 6-1 No. 4 Michelle Matko def. Jennifer Howard, 6-0, 7-5 No. 5 Lindsay Williams def. Kelly Perry, 6-1, 6-2 No. 6 Kandis Batiste def. Lindsey Adams, 6-4, 4-6, tiebreaker 10-6