This Week in Men's Tennis

2013 Schedule
Jan. 26 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS W, 6-1
Jan. 26 UMKC W, 7-0
Feb. 2 UIC W, 4-0
Feb. 2 UW-WHITEWATER W, 7-0
Feb. 8 UC IRVINE W, 5-2
Feb. 10 CLEMSON L, 5-2
Feb. 20 MARQUETTE W, 4-3
Feb. 23 MINNESOTA* W, 4-3
March 3 NOTRE DAME L, 5-2
March 9 GREEN BAY W, 4-3
March 9 WESTERN ILLINOIS W, 6-0
March 16 USF W, 4-3
March 23 at Michigan* L, 6-0
March 24 at Michigan State* L, 7-0
March 26 at North Carolina State L, 7-0
March 29 ILLINOIS* L, 6-1
March 31 NORTHWESTERN* L, 5-2
April 5 at Ohio State* L, 7-0
April 7 at Penn State* L, 4-2
April 12 PURDUE* W, 4-3
April 14 INDIANA* L, 7-0
April 19 at Iowa* W, 5-2
April 20 at Drake L, 4-0
April 21 NEBRASKA* W, 6-1
April 25 vs. Purdue at the Big Ten Tournament L, 4-0
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2013 Roster
Billy Bertha 6-5 SR
Jakhongir Jalalov 6-1 FR
Alexander Kokorev 6-4 FR
Alexander Kostanov 6-4 SR
Alex Robles 6-4 JR
Petr Satral 5-11 JR
Frederik Strabo 6-4 FR
Quinton Vega 6-1 SO
Oskar Wikberg 6-2 FR
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Team 

2012-13 season in review
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team concluded its 2013 campaign in the first round of the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament.  The Badgers tallied a 13-12 record overall, including a 4-7 mark in Big Ten action.

Wisconsin got off to its best start since 1988 with a 10-2 record to begin the season. Their 13-12 overall record marked the sixth season in the past seven years that the Badgers have finished a season .500 or better. The wins were aided by Wisconsin’s favorable 12-match homestand to begin the season before hitting the road for conference play.

The Badgers began conference play on Feb. 23, upsetting No. 40 Minnesota with a 4-3 victory. Wisconsin’s win over Minnesota was one of just two conference losses in 2013 for the Golden Gophers, the other coming from No. 5 Ohio State.

On April 12, Wisconsin picked up its second Big Ten win in a come-from-behind, 4-3, defeat of No. 58 Purdue after trailing, 3-0, to begin the match.

The Badgers closed regular season conference play, April 19-21, with wins over Iowa and No. 62 Nebraska.

Last time out- 2013 Big Ten tournament
Despite defeating Purdue in regular season play, the eighth seeded Badgers fell, 4-0, to the No. 9 seed Boilermakers during the opening round of the Big Ten tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

The morning began as Petr Satral and Jakhongir Jalalov fell, 8-1, to Pawel Poziomski and Mark Kovacs at court three.

In a battle between the two ranked doubles teams at court one, No. 89 Szymon Tatarczyk and Krisztian Krocsko came out ahead in an 8-4 victory over No. 78 Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov.

With the doubles point decided in favor of Purdue, play was called at court two, where Alexander Kokorev and Oskar Wikberg were trailing, 5-4, in a close match against Aaron Dujovne and Diego Accosta.

Singles action began with Purdue picking up its second point of the day as Mateus Silva defeated Kokorev, 6-3, 6-1, at court six.

Purdue grabbed its third point with Dujovne’s 6-3, 6-1 win over Bertha, marking Bertha’s only loss at court four in 2013.

At court one, Satral took four games in the first set, but ultimately fell, 6-4, 6-2 to Tatarczyk, clinching the 4-0 victory for the Boilermakers and ending Wisconsin’s season.

Doubles success
Wisconsin took the doubles point in 14 of their 24 matches in 2013, tallying a 36-28 (.562) overall doubles record with a 14-15 (.483) mark in Big Ten action.

Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg led the team with a 10-5 record, playing primarily at No. 3 doubles. The pairing was essential for much of Wisconsin’s doubles success, clinching doubles victories against UMKC, North Carolina State and Northwestern.

At court one, Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov  were also impressive in doubles action. The duo appeared in the national rankings for three weeks, moving as high as No. 71. Bertha and Kostanov tallied a 6-7 record in 2013 with four wins coming during conference play, including two over nationally ranked opponents.

Big Ten in the national rankings
The Badgers moved to No. 60 in the polls, marking the 10th week in 2013 that Wisconsin was ranked. The Big Ten Conference included 10 ranked teams in the latest Campbell’s/ITA College Tennis Division I Poll, released May 2.

                Rank  School
                 5        Ohio State
                 22      Michigan
                 26      Illinois    
                 35      Minnesota
                 36      Northwestern
                 43      Michigan State
                 55      Indiana
                 60      Wisconsin                
                 62      Purdue
                 67      Nebraska               

Dominant at Nielsen
The Badgers bested their 2012, nine-win record at Nielsen Stadium in 2013 with a 12-5 record at home. The impressive record was aided by a 12-match homestand to begin the year from Jan. 26-March 16.

Fabulous four freshmen
Wisconsin’s four freshmen made an impact in the spring season, accounting for more than half of the team’s conference wins in singles action. Jakhongir Jalalov, Alexander Kokorev, Frederik Strabo and Oskar Wikberg combined for a 32-39 record overall with 12 wins coming during Big Ten play.

Year-end awards
Head coach Greg Van Emburgh and assistant coach Joe Bates hosted the annual year end banquet to highlight Wisconsin’s successful year and award the season’s Most Valuable Player, Hardest Worker and Newcomer of the Year.

Alexander Kostanov closed out his Badger career, earning this season’s Most Valuable Player award. Kostanov led the team with a 14-8 record, including an 11-0 start to the year. He also paired with Billy Bertha in number one doubles, earning a national ranking of No. 71.

The Hardest Worker award went to freshman Oskar Wikberg, who finished the season with a 9-14 record at courts ones through four. Wikberg was instrumental in Wisconsin’s success this season, clinching victories against UMKC, Western Illinois, South Florida and Purdue.

Jakhongir Jalalov took home the Newcomer of the Year award for the Badgers. Jalalov was a consistent force for Wisconsin, tallying an 11-11 record. Together, Jalalov and Wikberg led the team in doubles action with a 10-5 record.

Leading by example
Petr Satral earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the second consecutive season. The award, given at the Big Ten tournament banquet, recognizes individuals who stand out with superior sportsmanship, academics and community service. As one of three upperclassmen competing for Wisconsin, Satral’s actions both on and off the court demonstrated to the newcomers the importance of respecting opposing teams and fans.

Fall season review
With three freshmen joining the team, the Badgers focused on gaining experience and confidence during their four tournament fall schedule. The hard work paid off, as freshman Oskar Wikberg ended the fall season with a second place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Tennis Tournament in November.

Team captain Billy Bertha also found success with a third consecutive doubles title at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic after an undefeated weekend of doubles play with partner Alex Robles.

The team posted an impressive 60-33 (.645) record in both singles and doubles play during its fall schedule.

Wikberg led the team in singles action, finishing with an 11-2 record during his three tournament appearances. Upperclassmen paved the way in doubles play as the Bertha/Robles duo excelled during their two tournament appearances, posting a 4-1 record.

Looking ahead
Wisconsin’s roster in 2013 included a healthy balance of four upperclassmen and four freshmen. The team will have six returning players next year as Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov concluded their senior season.

The Badgers gained valuable experience this season with a tough Big Ten conference schedule and look to return next year as a young, but experienced team.

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