Women’s tennis splits home season opener

Minnesota’s women’s tennis team won the consolation championship this weekend at the Minnesota Court Classic in Bloomington.
The road started rough for the Gophers Friday as they fell to eighth-ranked Pepperdine 5-2.
Minnesota gained the doubles point, winning two of three matches. Nora Sauska and Sandra Olsen teamed up to beat Ipek Senoglu and Paola Palencia 8-3 at No. 1 doubles. At No. 3, Jennifer Howard and Amy Thomas downed Anh Nguyen and Nadine Rastetter 8-5.
On the singles side, Olsen was Minnesota’s lone winner. She defeated Palencia at No. 3 singles, 7-5, 6-4.
The loss to Pepperdine pitted Minnesota with the BYU for the consolation title Sunday. The Gophers pulled it off, defeating BYU 4-3.

–Compiled by Brian Stensaas

Men’s tennis
The Minnesota men’s tennis team finished a successful week at the Louisville Invitational, defeating three teams on the weekend.
Saturday, the Gophers downed both host Louisville and Middle Tennessee State by scores of 5-1.
Jorge Duenas and Tyson Parry both had two wins on the day.
Sunday proved to be just as solid for Minnesota as it defeated Kansas 7-0.
In No. 1 singles, Harsh Mankad swept past Rodrigo Echagaray 7-5, 7-5. In No 1 doubles play, Mankad and Duenas teamed up to send Echagaray and Ed Dus packing 8-4. The Gophers have now won four-straight matches.

–Compiled by Brian Stensaas
Women’s gymnastics
The Minnesota women’s gymnastics squad turned in a solid performance over the weekend, winning a triangular in Denver.
The Gophers (194.525), ranked No. 15 in the country after two-straight dual losses, defeated No. 12 Denver (194.375) and Arizona (192.90).
Megan Beuckens paced Minnesota, taking third in the all-around. Beuckens and teammates Catie Christensen and MaryAnne Kelley all finished tied for second in the floor exercise. Kelley and Beuckens also tied for fourth on the beam.
Minnesota’s Leigh Dixon took second place in the vault competition with a score of 9.775. Kelley was right behind her, scoring a 9.75. The team’s 48.6 on the vault was also a season-high.
Minnesota was ranked as high as fourth in the nation this season before losing consecutive meets, including last weekend’s loss to third-ranked Utah. The team blamed that loss on a large crowd and lots of pressure.
The Gophers dominated the meet in two areas, vault and floor. The effort on the floor was aided by three gymnasts, Christensen, Kelley and Judy Cavazos, who turned in their season-best scores on the floor.
The Gophers return to the road next weekend with a meet against Iowa State in Ames.

— Compiled by Josh Linehan