Women’s gymnastics, men’s tennis hosting important events

Minnesota’s 18th-ranked men’s tennis team (2-0) will face No. 8 Kentucky (2-0) on Saturday night at the Baseline Tennis Center. The match begins at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. The Gophers are coming off wins over No. 30 SMU and No. 38 Tulane.

The Wildcats feature sophomore All-American Jesse Witten. Last year as a freshman, Witten advanced to the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship before being defeated by the eventual national champion. He is currently ranked fourth in the country.

Witten will likely meet Minnesota All-American Thomas Haug at No. 1 singles. Haug is currently ranked 54th in the country.

Last weekend in Minnesota’s 4-2 win versus No. 38 Tulane, coach David Geatz passed Jerry Noyce to become the school’s all-time leader in coaching wins with 261. Geatz is in his 15th season at the helm of the men’s tennis program.

Women’s gymnastics

Minnesota’s women’s gymnastics team (2-3) is hosting the Gymnastics Fan Jam on Saturday at 7 p.m., when No. 1 Utah visits the Twin Cities to take on the 25th-ranked Gophers.

The Gophers will try to break the all-time single-match school attendance record of 3,422, which was set five years ago against Alabama on Jan. 10, 1998. Nine of the Gophers’ top 10 single-match attendance figures have occurred under the watch of Jim Stephenson.

This weekend’s meet features two of the top gymnastics programs in the country. The Gophers reached new heights last season by achieving their highest finish at the NCAA championships, taking ninth place.

The Utes boast a strong gymnastics tradition, as they have made more NCAA appearances (21) and won more NCAA titles (nine) than any other team. Utah has finished in the top seven in the nation every year since the inaugural NCAA season in 1982.

They are the only team in history to qualify for every NCAA gymnastics championship.

Tickets for the meet are $7 for general admission, $5 for students and youth and $4 for groups of 15 or more. For ticket information, call (612) 624-8080 or visit gophersports.com.


Minnesota volleyball associate head coach Brian Heffernan and assistant coach David Boos have been selected to serve as coaching interns for the U.S. National Team by head coach Toshi Yoshida.

Both coaches will stay at the Olympic Training Center with the U.S. National Team from Jan. 30 to Feb. 14. Heffernan and Boos will assist in running drills during the practice sessions and attend daily meetings with U.S. National Team coaching staff, along with providing statistical and technical analysis as assigned.

Heffernan will be entering his fourth year with Minnesota next season. In his previous three seasons with Minnesota, the Gophers have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen twice.