||at UCLA (#2)
||vs. Nebraska (#60)
||SOUTH DAKOTA ST.
||at Minnesota* (#47)
|| OHIO STATE*
||Big Ten Tournament
This Week Ahead
Wisconsin (9-13, 1-8) will return to action against No. 34 Northwestern (17-9, 5-4) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CT) in Evanston, Ill. before heading to Champaign, Ill. to face No. 11 Illinois (18-7, 7-2) on Sunday at noon (CT).
Northwestern’s roster includes two ranked singles players, No. 54 Raleigh Smith and No. 125 Sam Shropshire, as well as No. 23 Mihir Kumar and Smith in doubles.
The Wildcats own a 59-38-3 all-time record over the Badgers. The two teams last met on March 31, 2013 when UW fell, 5-2 to NU.
No. 11 Illinois boasts three ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. Among the singles players are No. 8 Jared Hiltzik, No. 11 Farris Gosea and No. 45 Tim Kopinski. The doubles teams include No. 5 Kopinski and Ross Gaignon and No. 72 Hiltzik and Alex Jesse.
The Fighting Illini hold a 53-31 overall record over the Badgers. In the teams’ last meeting on March 29, 2013, Illinois defeated UW, 6-1.
|No. 74 Wisconsin vs. No. 34 Northwestern and No. 11 Illinois
Friday, April 18, 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Sunday, April 20, Noon (CT)
||Evanston, Ill. | Combe Tennis Center
||Champaign, Ill. | Atkins Tennis Center
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Last time out—Michigan State and Michigan
The Badgers nearly rebounded in singles action after losing the doubles points in both of their matches this weekend, but ultimately fell 4-3 to both Michigan State and No. 50 Michigan.
Head Coach Greg Van Emburgh feels that the team put in good effort despite the losses.
“It’s tough having a couple guys not in the lineup-especially when your top player is out with a sprained ankle,” he said. “I thought the guys put in a good effort overall given the circumstances.”
On Friday, needing to win four singles matches to take the contest against Michigan State, the Badgers nearly pulled off the feat.
At No. 1 singles, Satral made an opening statement knocking off Drew Lied 6-2, 6-3.
In the Badgers second win of the day, Sinha came up with a win in a hard-fought match against Gijs Linders, with a final score of 6-2, 7-6 (2).
Shortly after the match had already been clinched by MSU, Kokorev came up with a third set win over Mullane, with a final score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
That means if Wisconsin could have claimed one additional victory, it would have posted its second Big Ten win of the season.
The Badgers best chance came at No. 3 singles, where Jalalov was locked up in a tight battle with Pfister. Jalalov dropped a heart-breaking first set in tie-breakers, 7-6 (6), before just missing out in the second set, 7-5.
“Overall the Big Ten conference is so strong,” Van Emburgh said. “We want to stay positive and confident and utilize the opportunities we have when we’re in the position to.”
On Sunday, a mid-match ceremony to honor Wisconsin’s lone senior, Petr Satral, was nearly enough to turn momentum, but ultimately the 74th-ranked Badgers would drop a 4-3 match to No. 50 Michigan at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Following a loss in doubles, UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh and the Badgers congratulated Satral on his tennis career at Wisconsin.
“Petr has done a great job on and off the court,” Van Emburgh said. “He has a 3.5 GPA in Economics and he really takes care of business. He graduated in four years and that’s not easy to do. On the court he has done some great things as well, clinching some Big Ten matches for us.
“He’s been a pleasure to work with and he always gives his best effort on and off the court.”
Moments after the Satral salute, the Badgers used the emotion to take early leads in several of the singles matches.
Sophomores Alexander Kokorev and Jakhongir Jalalov, along with junior Michael Sinha earned wins on singles courts 2, 3 and 5, respectively. Kokorev claimed a victory over Vlad Stefan, with a final score of 6-3, 7-5.
Jalalov finished off Justin Rossi in a thrilling 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-8 match, while Sinha claimed his match over Michael Zhu, with a final score of 6-1, 6-4.
Those three wins brought Wisconsin within one match of pulling off the “W,” but the Badgers were unable to clinch the match.
Wisconsin’s roster features five returning letterwinners, four of which are sophomores, along with lone senior Peter Satral who owns a career record of 49-49.
Head Coach Greg Van Emburgh is excited to see Satral lead the young team into 2014.
“I’m excited to see our lone senior Petr (Satral) really step up,” Van Emburgh said. “This year he’s going to be playing one or two in the lineup. Since he’s our team captain and our lone senior, he’s going to have a lot of weight on his back. It will come down to whether he can really rally the troops and get these guys to play really hard for his senior year.”
Sohpomore Jakhongir Jalalov earned Newcomer of the Year honors during the 2013 season and tallied an overall record of 11-11, with a 5-5 Big Ten mark.
Another promising sophomore, Oskar Wikberg went 20-16 last year as a freshman including a win over Michigan’s No. 51 Alex Petrone in the 2012 ITA Regionals.
The Badgers added two true freshmen for the fall 2013 season in Elliott Sprecher, a Wisconsin native from Eau Claire along with John Zordani, a Lake Forest, Ill native.
UW also welcomed junior player Michael Sinha, an Eden Prairie, Minn. native for the spring 2014 season.
Head Coach Greg Van Emburgh
The Wisconsin men’s tennis head coach Greg Van Emburgh will enter his ninth year at UW with an overall record of 128-105 (.549), and a 42-48 (.466) Big Ten mark.
The Badgers have finished with a .500 record or better under Van Emburgh in six of eight seasons.
He has guided Wisconsin to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 finish in 2010.
Fall season review
The Wisconsin men’s tennis team had its share of victories as well as losses during the fall season. With appearances in three fall tournaments, the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, the ITA Midwest Regionals and the Big Ten Singles Championships, the Badgers tallied an overall record of 27-27 in singles and 18-7 in doubles.
Senior captain, Petr Satral, completed the Milwaukee Tennis Classic undefeated in both singles and doubles play.
Satral teamed up with sophomore Alexander Kokorev in UW’s second tournament of the fall, the ITA Midwest Regionals to earn the Badgers’ deepest run. The duo reached the third round of the doubles draw before bowing out.
After returning from a wrist injury, sophomore Oskar Wikberg came back with an impressive performance at the final tournament of the fall season, The Big Ten Singles Championsihps. Wikberg advanced to the semifinals in the singles bracket, earning three wins.
Freshman John Zordani also had a strong showing at the Big Ten Singles Championsihps, advancing to the quarterfinals in the singles consolation bracket.
2012-13 season in review
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 with a .500 record 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.