Both the Minnesota men’s and women’s tennis teams earned bids to play in the NCAA Regional IV championships.
The 38th-ranked men’s team will play the 24th-ranked Washington Huskies on May 15 in Athens, Ga.
This is the sixth consecutive season Minnesota has earned a bid to play in the NCAA regionals.
The No. 24 women’s team will play 24th-ranked San Diego on May 15 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
It marks the third time in four years Minnesota has been invited to compete at the regional championships.
Basketball announces captains
John Blair Bickerstaff and Kyle Sanden have been selected as the Minnesota men’s basketball captains for the 1999-2000 season.
Bickerstaff is a junior transfer form Oregon State. As a guard/forward, he averaged 8.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in his first two seasons. He sat out last season for the Gophers because of a NCAA Division I transfer rules.
Sanden, a forward/center from Thief River Falls, Minn., played 27 games and averaged 2.9 points per game last season.
“We are excited about these two players and the leadership skills they possess,” coach Clem Haskins said in a press release. “It says a lot about the respect they command from their teammates when they are chosen to be captains, especially when one did not start last year and the other has not even played a game for the Maroon and Gold.”
Tennis teams have youth day
The Minnesota men’s and women’s tennis teams will participate in “Tennis for the Youth” day May 8 at the Northwest Athletic Club-Highway 100 North from noon to 2 p.m.
The event will showcase Minnesota tennis players teaching skills to young people, something the Gophers have been involved with for more than 10 years.
“`Tennis for the Youth’ gives our players a chance to help young people of all backgrounds and abilities,” Gophers men’s coach David Geatz said. “It’s about showing the Twin Cities that young people who are privileged to get an education here are willing to make the area a better place to be.”