Feb. 28, 2013
For many this past weekend may seem as just another weekend of competition for the Gophers. Well, those people are definitely wrong. There is no such a thing as just another match, game, or point. What is special about being a tennis player is the fact that every time you step out on the court and play a match, you have a great opportunity to do big things. But when you step up onto your home court, you get to do REALLY big things because you are playing in front of your own fans, friends, family, and most importantly, your team.
On Friday we played Mississippi State. When you win 4-3, you realize how important the doubles point is. It was crucial in our win against Mississippi State. We were tied for the doubles point when our No. 3 doubles took the game and gave us our lead for the match. In singles, the Bulldogs gave a good fight, but the Gophers showed their strength winning 4-3.
Sunday marked the beginning of the Big Ten season. To begin the season at home was an amazing experience. Even as a senior, there is still something extra exciting about playing Wisconsin. As any true Gopher knows, when it comes to Wisconsin, the game gets personal...very personal. The border battle brings out the fight in the Gophers and we feel extra determined to show everything we've got. We ended up winning 7-0 over the Badgers for a great start to the conference season. As a senior, this was probably my last time playing against Wisconsin and I will always have this memory of our epic win.
Now, with some time off from competing, we can re-energize and practice hard for our next match in Florida. I hope to see you all the next time we play at home at the end of spring break when we take on Michigan State! It is always more fun playing in front of our fans. Go Gophers!
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.