April 24, 2014
Big Ten Release
EVANSTON, Ill. – Minnesota women’s tennis junior Tereza Brichacova was selected Second Team All-Big Ten, the conference announced at the conference tournament banquet Thursday night in Evanston, Ill. The all-conference honor was the first on Brichacova’s career and made 2014 the fifth-straight season a Gopher was selected either first team or second team all-league.
In 2013, the Prague, Czech Republic native was Minnesota’s Most Valuable Athlete and shared the team’s Most Improved Award with current sophomore Jessika Mozia.
In her third year of collegiate tennis, Brichacova parlayed a strong fall season that included a Gopher Invitational championship and a run to the USTA Central Region quarterfinals into a prominent role on the team in the spring as Minnesota’s primary player at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.
She finished the regular season with an 11-11 record that included 10 wins at the top spot and three wins against Big Ten opponents. Four of her losses came against ranked opponents. Her singles season was highlighted by a three-set victory over then-15th-ranked Samantha Vickers of Tulsa in the fall.
In addition to Brichacova’s award, senior Natallia Pintusava was recognized as one of 12 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The Sportsmanship Award recognizes student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Pintusava was an all-conference team member in each of her first three seasons in the Maroon and Gold.
Minnesota, the sixth-seeded team at the Big Ten Tournament, plays No. 3 seed Ohio State in a quarterfinal matchup at Northwestern Friday afternoon at 2.
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.