Tennis teams keep title hopes alive

by Josh Linehan

The Minnesota women’s tennis team tied and surpassed the school record for consecutive victories, now set at 10, with weekend defeats of Wisconsin and Iowa.
The Gophers (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) tied the record Friday with a 7-0 spanking of the Badgers. Nora Sauska, Sandra Olsen, Kim Simonsen, Amy Thomas and Tammy Wang all earned singles wins for Minnesota.
Simonsen and Thomas teamed up for a win at No. 2 doubles, with Michaela Havelkova and Jennifer Howard won at No. 3, giving Minnesota the doubles point and a clean sweep.
If the first win was a screaming overhand smash, the Gophers used a drop shot to place themselves in the record books Sunday.
Iowa fell 4-3 Sunday.
Sauska, Simonsen, Thomas and Wang all won their singles matches, giving Minnesota the win despite losses at No. 1 and No. 5 singles and the doubles point.
The singles win was also the 12th-straight for Minnesota’s Tammy Wang, who competes at No. 6 singles. Sunday’s competition was the last home match for the Gophers this season.
The men’s team also swept a pair of matches this weekend, defeating the same opponents as the women, but traveling to do so. The wins keep the Gophers in the hunt for a Big Ten championship.
The men opened at Wisconsin with an impressive 6-1 win. The Gophers won all six singles matches, but lost two of three doubles to drop a point.
The men also had trouble with Iowa, but stopped the Hawkeyes with an identical 4-3 score.
The Gophers play host to Illinois and Northwestern this weekend. Both matches are at the 98th Street Racquet Club in Bloomington.