Following a nearly two-week layoff, Minnesota heads to California for a pair of non-conference matches against Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State.
The Gophers, currently 8-4 overall and ranked 55th in the country, take on Loyola Marymount on Sunday and meet 53rd-ranked Long Beach State on Wednesday. It will be their first matches since downing Carleton on Feb. 28.
Minnesota has played each school one previous time, but it has been a long time since the Gophers have faced either foe. They won at Long Beach State 6-3 in 1983 and posted a 6-0 win at Loyola Marymount in 1980.
Minnesota senior Tijana Koprivica enters the weekend with 89 career wins and can become the sixth player in school history to reach the 90-win mark with a victory on the trip. She is currently 20-11 overall and 6-6 during the spring season.
Jackie Sperling won all three of her matches during the Gophers' recent weekend of matches and Alessandra Ferrazzi won twice to run her season record to 18-9, including a 5-0 mark at the No. 2 singles position.
Loyola Marymount entered a match on Wednesday at San Diego State having lost five straight matches and owning a 1-6 overall record. The Lions' lone victory this spring was a 4-3 win over Hawaii.
Long Beach State is 8-2 overall with its only losses against top 20 foes Southern California and Washington by 6-1 scores. The 49ers lead the Big West Conference with a 4-0 record.