Sept. 12, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s tennis program is set to host the annual Gopher Invitational this weekend, Sept. 14-16, at Baseline Tennis Center. The tournament will feature Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Gustavus Adolphus, St. Catherine University, Northern Iowa, Iowa, UW-Milwaukee, and Minnesota.
The event will be divided into three singles flights and two doubles flights. Singles will consist of 16 players in each flight (Gold – A Flight, Maroon – B Flight, and Gopher – C Flight). Doubles will also highlight 16 teams in each flight (Gold – A Flight, Maroon – B Flight).
The three-day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. CT every morning with practice courts available at 7:30 a.m. Friday will kick-off with doubles competition, followed by singles.
Sophomores Aria Lambert and Julia Courter, along with freshman Paula Rincon Otero, are playing in the singles A flight. Two more freshmen, Kelsey Frechette and Jessika Mozia, will make their collegiate debut in the B flight, which also features junior Pauline Gilbert.
Courter and Lambert are teaming up for the doubles competition and will be joined by the duo of Mozia and Rincon-Otero in the top flight. However, the two teams will only face each other if both make it to the championship match. Gilbert and Frechette make up the final doubles team for the Gophers. They will be the lone Minnesota team in the Maroon flight.
Parking on Saturday will be limited due to the Gopher Football game at TCF Bank Stadium. Event parking will only be available at the East River Road Garage at a cost of $10. All lots will be open for Friday and Sunday events.
The Gopher Invitational is the first of six fall tournaments that Minnesota will compete in this season.
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.