This Week in Men's Tennis

Schedule
Jan. 25 at UCLA (#2) L, 5-0
Jan. 26 vs. Nebraska (#60) L, 4-1
Feb. 1 SOUTH DAKOTA ST. W, 7-0
BRADLEY W, 6-0
Feb. 2 TULANE (#70) W, 4-3
Feb. 15 DRAKE (#42) L, 4-0
Feb. 16 SMU W, 4-2
Feb. 23 DENVER (#54) W, 4-1
Feb. 26 MARQUETTE (#59) W, 4-1
March 1 at Minnesota* (#47) L, 5-2
March 8 GREEN BAY W, 4-1
WESTERN ILLINOIS W, 5-0
March 17 at Miami L, 4-0
March 19 at USF L, 7-0
March 21 at Nebraska* L, 7-0
March 23 IOWA* W, 5-2
March 28 at Indiana* L, 4-3
March 30 at Purdue* L, 7-0
April 4 PENN STATE* L, 5-2
April 6  OHIO STATE* L, 7-0
April 11 MICHIGAN STATE* L, 4-3
April 13 MICHIGAN* L, 4-3
April 18 at Northwestern* L, 7-0
April 20 at Illinois* L, 4-1
April 24 vs. Michigan L, 4-0
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Roster
Jakhongir Jalalov 6-1 SO
Alexander Kokorev 6-4 SO
Petr Satral 5-11 SR
Michael Sinha 5-11 JR
Elliott Sprecher 6-2 FR
Frederik Strabo 6-4 SO
Oskar Wikberg 6-2 SO
John Zordani 6-5 FR
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This Week Ahead
No. 11-seeded Wisconsin (9-15, 1-10) will return to action against No. 6-seeded Michigan (17-9, 5-4) on Thursday at 1 p.m. (CT) at the 2014 Big Ten Tournament hosted by Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.

No. 43 Michigan’s roster boasts No. 111-ranked Alex Petrone in singles as well as No. 32 Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi in doubles.

The Wolverines own a 73-8-1 all-time record against the Badgers. The two teams last met on April 13 when UW fell, 4-3, in a close match to Michigan.

The tournament will be single elimination and all matches will be played at the Michigan State outdoor courts

Wisconsin vs. No. 43 Michigan
Match

No.6-seeded Michigan

Location East Lansing, Mich. | MSU Outdoor Courts
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Last Time Out—Northwestern and Illinois
The Badgers fell to No. 34 Northwesten on Friday before dropping their match against No. 11 Illinois on Sunday, concluding the regular season.

Wisconsin played several close matches and claimed at victory at No. 1 doubles, but was unable to gain any momentum against the Wildcats, falling 7-0.

Sophomore Alexander Kokorev and senior Petr Satral claimed the Badgers’ sole victory of the day against No. 33-ranked Raleigh Smith and Mihir Kumar at the No. 1 doubles position. Despite the win, the Badgers ended up dropping the doubles point to Northwestern.

In singles action, Kokorev came up just short, falling in a third set tie-breaker to Sam Shropshire, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 1-0 (3).

On Sunday, the Badgers traveled to Champaign, Ill., to face the No. 11-ranked Fighting Illini in their regular-season finale.

Despite a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the No. 4 singles spot from freshman Elliott Sprecher, UW was unable to claim the match over UI.

The Roster
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 128-107 (.545), and a 42-50 (.457) 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.

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