Gophers feel pain of a tough weekend in Evanston

Entering the final day of competition at the Northwestern Invitational, the Gophers womenâÄôs tennis team didnâÄôt have the best to show in the field of some of the best teams in the nation. Challenged by teams like Northwestern, who was undefeated in the first day of competition, and other Big Ten teams, Minnesota struggled to get past many of their first rounds. While some losses were expected, the Gophers held their own through the first two days of play. After opening-round losses to highly seeded opponents, the women were placed into consolation rounds and North/South flights. Coach Tyler Thomson explained the style of the Wildcat invitational. âÄúGenerally if you lose you then keep getting circulated through the draws so you can continue to get matches,âÄù Thomson said. MinnesotaâÄôs top singles players Alessandra Ferrazzi and Karina Chiarelli, both of whom had great finishes at their previous invitational, lost in their opening rounds and were both defeated by opponents from Big Ten rival Wisconsin in the flight âÄúAâÄù consolation round. But Ferrazzi and Chiarelli went on to claim wins over other Big Ten opponents after being circulated into the flight âÄúAâÄù North/South round. Junior Tijana Koprivica made it to the quarter finals of the âÄúBâÄù flight, but fell hard with a tough loss. Koprivica was also circulated into the North/South round of her respective flight and pulled out a win.