April 29, 2013
Hello Gopher Fans!
This past week, we were in Bloomington, Indiana playing in the Big Ten Championship Tournament. We went into the tournament being the number 10 seed. In the first round, we played against the number 6 seed, Penn State. Going into the match, we came with the given–we had heart, fight, soul, passion, and pride. We were all pumped up and ready to play. We set the tone of the match right from the beginning. We all went out and played with high energy and intensity. By doing this, it allowed us to quickly get the doubles point. Tereza and I (Jessika) were playing at three doubles and won 8-5, our win was quickly followed by number two doubles Doron and Alexa with an 8-3 victory. By having one up on Penn State, we were all amped to get back on the courts and play singles.
Starting us off with a strong win was Aria at number five singles. She comfortably won her match 6-3, 6-3. While doing so, she was juicing the team and getting everyone pumped. Following was Alexa, then Paula at number three singles clinched the match for us; thus, guaranteeing Minnesota the win over Penn State. By beating Penn State, it gave Minnesota another day to show what we are made of.
The next day, we faced the number 2 seed Nebraska. Nebraska got the doubles point, but it was a battle on all three courts. Minnesota was relentless, and did not give up on the courts. Next, were the singles matches. Each court battled and fought hard, but Nebraska notched us with wins over number two, three, and four singles. The Cornhuskers beat the Gophers 4-0; however, it was a match that had to be earned. Nothing was given to the Cornhuskers. Nebraska ended Minnesota’s time spent at the Big Ten tournament. With that being said, it also ended the season for the Gophers.
Merzbacher Gets 400th Career Victory
The Courtside Classic comes to a close with the Gophers winning the consolation match over New Mexico 5-2 earning Coach Chuck Merzbacher his 400th career victory.
Gophers Battle at Courtside Classic
Courtside Classic day one is in the books with the Gophers falling 4-3 to DePaul. All three Gophers seniors pulled out singles wins on the day.
Gophers Bring Back Courtside Classic
The re-established Courtside Classic is set for this weekend as the Gophers host DePaul, Mississippi State and New Mexico.