Tennis teams lose at NCAAs

The Gophers men’s tennis team lost to No. 24 Washington 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA championships in Athens, Ga., on Saturday.
Minnesota was unable to score any points in singles play, the result of which left the Gophers unable to advance in the championships.
“I thought the two teams were pretty even,” senior Tom Chicoine said. “They were close matches, but they just played a little harder than us.”

Women’s tennis
Minnesota dropped a 5-1 decision to No. 24 San Diego in the first round of the NCAA women’s tennis championships in Los Angeles on Saturday.
“I’m proud, but not satisfied,” coach Martin Novak said. “What we proved this year was that we can play with anybody through out the entire year. We have a great record in the Big Ten, we beat some good teams, we just didn’t go after it here.”
What the Gophers seemed to lack was an understanding of how to put away San Diego, suffering from inexperience at the national level.
“All the matches we’re close and we did our best, but our team lacked confidence,” junior Nora Sauska said.
The Gophers ended their season with a 15-7 record.

Men’s swimming-diving
Senior John Cahoy and sophomore Alex Massura were each recognized as most valuable performer for the 1998-99 men’s swimming and diving team on Sunday.
“I put in the effort and I work hard every day, and I’m sure there is people who work just as hard as me if not harder,” Cahoy said. “So it’s really an honor.”
In addition to being named co-MVP, Cahoy also earned co-Hardest Worker and co-Outstanding Student Athlete. Criterion for the student-athlete award includes being a letter-winner for performance in the pool, and a 3.5 gpa. The Gophers had seven recipients of that award.
“It says a great deal that we’ve excelled both in the pool and in the classroom,” Cahoy said.
The announcement of next year’s team captains will come in the fall.