May 10, 2013
This past weekend, Minnesota women's tennis handed out team awards during its annual end-of-the-year banquet. The awards were voted on by members of the team and the coaching staff.
Sophomore Tereza Brichacova was voted the team's Most Valuable Athlete. A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Brichacova played at the No. 2 singles position for an overall record of 16-19 on the season. She led the team in Big Ten Conference action with a 5-6 mark. On the doubles side, Brichacova played to a 17-16 season finish, including a 2-2 record when partnering with Doron Muravnik.
Brichacova also picked up a part of the Most Improved Player award, sharing the honor with freshman Jessika Mozia. Mozia, who hails from Littleton, Colo., led the team in overall victories after posting a 22-18 season on the court. Mozia saw action at multiple positions throughout the year, playing as high as second singles. She also marked a 16-16 record in doubles play, 3-5 coming from No. 3 doubles during the conference schedule.
Freshman Paula Rincon Otero received the Coaches' Award, presented to the student-athlete who exhibits a positive attitude and a dedicated work ethic. Rincon Otero posted a 13-17 singles mark in her first season with the Maroon and Gold and played for a 10-16 total in doubles.
Freshman Kelsey Frechette won the Belmar Gunderson award, which is given out by the coaching staff and is presented to the student athlete who consistently finds a way to persevere in the midst of adverse conditions and unfavorable odds. Frechette competed for a 2-3 singles record and went 4-0 in doubles, including a title at the fall Gopher Invitational.
The Golden Gophers finished the season with a 10-15 overall record and a 3-8 mark to finish tied for eighth in the Big Ten Conference.
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.