The Gophers women’s tennis team rebounded from its home loss to No. 28 Washington on Feb. 5 by upsetting No. 75 Wake Forest and No. 46 North Carolina State on the road over the weekend.
Minnesota (5-1) beat Wake Forest 5-2 in Winston Salem, N.C., and beat North Carolina State 5-2 in Raleigh, N.C., despite losing the doubles point in both matches.
The Gophers dominated in singles, winning 10 of 12 individual matches.
Alexa Palen replaced Natallia Pintusava at No. 1 singles and won all four sets she played without needing a tiebreaker. She defeated Wake Forest’s Ryann Cutillo 7-5, 6-0 on Saturday and upset North Carolina’s 52nd-ranked Joelle Kissell 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.
Palen is 5-0 on the season with three wins at second singles and two wins at first singles.
Julia Courter (No. 4 singles) also posted two straight-set wins, each of which required a tiebreaker.
Pintusava, playing at No. 2 singles, recovered from her 6-3, 6-4 loss Saturday to 81st-ranked Kayla Duncan of Wake Forest by defeating North Carolina’s Tatiana Illova 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 on Sunday.
At No. 3 singles, Yuliana Umanets won in three sets Saturday and in straight sets Sunday.
Unranked all season, Minnesota is now 3-1 this season against opponents in the top-75.