Men’s tennis wins at North Carolina State

by Brian Stensaas

The Minnesota men’s tennis team completed the third day of play at the North Carolina State Invitational Sunday with a convincing win over North Carolina.
Showing their strength in singles play, the Gophers swept the first four matches. Junior Tyson Perry posted a comeback win at No. 1 singles for Minnesota. Perry struggled early, dropping the first set 3-6 to Tarheel Tryston Menione before rebounding to take the final two sets 6-4, 6-4.
Freshman No. 2 singles player Harsh Mankad had an easy final day of the invite. He cruised past David Cheatwood 6-1, 6-3.
Sophomores Jorge Duenas and Jon Svensson, competing at Nos. 3 and 4 respectively for the Gophers, also claimed straight-set victories. Duenas defeated Chad Riley 6-3, 6-4 while Svensson downed Aron Breziner 6-3, 6-2.
On the doubles side of the card, the Gophers took just one of three matches from the Tarheels. Perry teamed up with Karl Sloss at the No. 2 doubles slot to win 8-4.

Women’s tennis
The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas bled through to at least part of the Minnesota women’s tennis team over the weekend at the UNLV Invitational.
Senior doubles partners Nora Sauska and Kim Simonsen won the Flight 1 doubles championship Saturday at the invite, beating Oklahoma’s Maria Galoustova and Ashleigh Dolman 8-4 in a pro set.
On the singles side, Tammy Wang captured the Flight 2 singles championship when Oklahoma State’s Marketa Chmelova retired in the second set due to exhaustion. Wang won the first set 6-4.
Amy Thomas held off teammate Michaela Havelkova to win the Flight 3 singles crown 6-1, 6-3.

Women’s cross country
Freshman Jill Field notched her first career collegiate cross country win and the Gophers as a whole came within three points of a perfect day at the Bluegold Invitational Friday.
Running with its self-described “B” squad, Minnesota placed five runners in the top six spots for 18 points. UW-Stout was next in line with 69 points. Host school UW-Eau Claire rounded out the top three with 76.
Field’s winning time of 18 minutes, 55.88 seconds was a career best. Junior Rachel Domenichetti took second with a 19:01 time followed by freshman runners Allison Mumbleau and Lindsay Feder with 19:15.51 and 19:21.23 times, good for fourth and fifth places respectively.
Sophomore Tanya Prince took sixth-place for Minnesota with a 19:22.84 time

Women’s golf
The same rainstorm that ended the Minnesota Twins’ 1999 baseball campaign in a 1-1 tie with the Chicago White Sox also suspended the opening round of the Northern Illinois Huskie Classic Sunday.
Weather permitting, the 36-hole event will begin today in DeKelb, Illinois.

Brian Stensaas is a general assignment reporter and welcomes comments at [email protected]