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.
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.