Men’s tennis team improves to 2-0 in Big Ten matches

Minnesota’s men’s tennis team served Iowa a 5-2 defeat Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa, winning the doubles point and four of six singles matches.

The Gophers (2-1, 2-0 Big Ten) opened the conference dual with a 2-1 showing in doubles, winning at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Minnesota’s top duo of Clay Estes and Avery Ticer dispatched Iowa’s Sebastian Delgado and Walter Valarezo, 8-4, while Sion Wilkins and Aleksey Zharinov dropped Chaitu Malempati and Aaron Schaechterle, 8-5.

In singles play, the Gophers took home victories at No. 1, 2, 4 and 5. Zharinov improved to 2-1 on the season at No. 1 with a 6- 4, 6-2 win over Malempati. At No. 2, Ticer dumped Delgado, 7-6 (5), 6-3, while Brian Lipinski earned a three-set victory at No. 4 over Walter Valarezo, 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-1.

Women’s tennis

Minnesota’s women’s tennis team lost 6-1 Sunday to No. 29 Georgia Tech in the third-place dual of the Minnesota Court Classic at the Baseline Tennis Center.

The Yellowjackets swept the doubles matches, withstanding Minnesota comeback attempts at both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Kelly Anderson and Sekita Grant dispatched Minnesota’s 26th-ranked duo of Angela Buergis and Nischela Reddy, 8-5. At No. 2 doubles, Lyndsay Shosho and Maria Nieto broke a 4-4 tie and thwarted Lindsay Risebrough and Ida Malmberg, 8-6.

In singles play, Georgia Tech took five of six matches with the lone Gophers’ victory coming at the No. 1 spot. Buergis picked up the win, dropping Shosho, 7-5, 6-3. The Yellowjackets won the remainder of the singles matches in straight sets.

Track and field

Minnesota sophomore Liz Alabi won the shot put event and placed second in weight throw to pace the Minnesota women’s track and field track team’s performance at the Northern Iowa Panther Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Saturday.

Emily Bastyr was the other winner for the Gophers, tying for first in the high jump with a leap of 5-5 3/4.

Meanwhile, Minnesota’s men’s track and field team earned four second-place finishes in the Classic

Minnesota rested its top athletes in preparation for next weekend’s Nebraska Husker Invitational.

Joronne Williamson won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.16 seconds. Andy Newman tied for second in the 60-meter dash in 6.94 seconds.

Curt Schoenfelder placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 59 feet, 7 3/4 inches. Pat Akpaette finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 46-9.

Travis Brandstatter topped Minnesota’s performances with a third-place finish with 826 points. Brandstatter’s top event was the 60-meter hurdles, which he won in 8.06.