number-oneThe Golden Gopher women's tennis team captured their sixth consecutive victory in defeating South Florida, 5-2, in Tampa on Friday. Minnesota improved to 10-3 on the season.
Minnesota's number-one doubles team of Michaela Havelkova and Valerie Vladea (11-2) lost just its second match of the season, falling to Genevieve Houle and Natalie Schwartz by a 8-3. The Gophers battled back with wins at number-two and three doubles to capture the doubles point.
The Gophers won four singles match to clinch the victory. Vladea, the Gophers' number-one singles player, defeated Jennifer Sinclair, 6-2, 6-4. The tightest match came at the number-three spot where Havelkova fought back from a one-set deficit to win, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. At number-six singles, Minnesota's Tammy Wang improved her record to 10-2 on the season with 6-2, 6-2 victory.
SINGLES #1 Valerie Vladea (Gophers)def. Jennifer Sinclair (USF) 6-2,6-4 #2 Genevieve Houle (USF) def. Amy Thomas (Gophers) 7-5, 6-0 #3 Michaela Havelkova a> (Gophers) def. Natalie Schwartz (USF) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 #4 Tammy Wang (Gophers) def. Ashlee Callahan (USF) 6-0, 6-2 #5 Ildiko Zubor (USF) def. Jennifer Howard (Gophers) 6-3, 6-4 #6 Brandi Watts (Gophers) def. Claudia Nieto (USF) 6-2, 6-2 DOUBLES #1 Houle/Schwartz (USF) def. Havelkova/Vladea (Gophers) 8-3 #2 Howard/Wang (Gophers) def. Sinclair/Larson (USF) 8-5 #3 Thomas/Watts (Gophers) def. Romero/Callahan (USF) 8-3