Feb. 1, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin men's tennis team opened the 2014 home season with a pair of team victories, knocking off South Dakota State, 7-0, before outlasting Bradley, 6-0.
Wisconsin began the day with a double victory, as the freshman duo of Elliott Sprecher and John Zordani got the team off to a strong start by defeating South Dakota State's Lucas Pereira and Mateus Moreira, 6-1.
Sophomores Oskar Wikberg and Alexander Kokorev earned the win at No. 1 doubles, dispatching Parker Lawley and Gary Notkin, 6-2.
At No. 2 doubles, senior Petr Satral and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov defeated Jonny Higham and Lobro Curcija in a back and forth battle by a final score of 6-4.
In singles action, Sprecher set the tone for the rest of the matches by throttling Higham, 6-0, 6-0. Satral finished shortly after, with another 6-0, 6-0 finish against Curcija.
At No. 1 singles, Wikberg then clinched the match for Wisconsin with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over SDSU's Lawley.
Junior Michael Sinha claimed a victory over Lucas Pereira, with a final score of 6-1, 6-2, while Kokorev held his own against Moreira, defeating him 6-2, 6-3.
Completing the sweep, Jalalov held on to his lead against Notkin, winning his match 6-3, 6-4.
Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh was pleased with the team's performance in its 2014 home debut.
"I think overall everybody did a great job," Van Emburgh said. "We had a couple of tough road matches and it was good to be back at Nielsen, playing our type of tennis.
"The goal for this week was to get some wins under our belt and try to keep improving and getting ready for each match."
During the second match of the doubleheader, Wisconsin picked up right where it left off in the morning, sweeping Bradley, 6-0, in the afternoon.
A doubles win from UW's Satral and Jalalov set the tone for the rest of the afternoon as the Badgers would take all three doubles matches.
Zordani also continued to give the Badgers momentum in singles play, earning a quick 6-0, 6-1 victory against Bradley's Justin Abrams.
Sprecher and Jalalov also recorded wins, earning No. 5 and No. 4 singles victories, respectively.
With a 6-3, 6-2 final decision, Satral tallied a win against Nico Rakitin in No. 3 singles.
At No. 1 singles, Wikberg defeated Romanet in a close match up, with a final score of 6-2, 6-4.
The Badgers return to Nielsen on Sunday to take on No. 70 Tulane at noon (CT).
Following a dominant home debut, Van Emburgh is looking forward to seeing how the team responds in tomorrow's matches.
"I think it's important for us that we're feeling good again," Van Emburgh added. "We're back playing solid. We're feeling confident again. I think that when we're in a position where we're in that environment, feeling confident, we're going to play great tennis. I know the guys will be up to the challenge tomorrow."
WISCONSIN 7 SDSU 0
- Wikberg/Kokorev (WIS) def. Lawley/Notkin (SDSU): 6-2
- Satral/Jalalov (WIS) def. Higham/Curcija (SDSU): 6-4
- Sprecher/Zordani (WIS) def. Pereira/Moreira (SDSU): 6-1
Order of Finish: (3, 1, 2)
- Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Parker Lawley (SDSU): 6-2, 6-2
- Petr Satral (WIS) def. Lobro Curcija (SDSU): 6-0, 6-0
- Alexander Kokorev (WIS). Def. Mateus Moreira (SDSU): 6-2, 6-3
- Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) def. Gary Notkin (SDSU): 6-3, 6-4
- Michael Sinha (WIS) def. Lucas Pereira (SDSU): 6-1, 6-2
- Elliott Sprecher (WIS) def. Jonny Higham (SDSU): 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: (6, 2, 1, 5, 3, 4)
WISCOSIN 6 BRADLEY 0
- Kokorev/Wikberg (WIS) def. Kalhorn/Weerasinghe (BRAD): 6-3
- Satral/Jalalov (WIS) def. Abrams/Romanet (BRAD) :6-2
- Sinha/Sprecher (WIS) def. Rakitin/Tiboldi (BRAD): 6-2
Order of Finish: (2, 3, 1)
- Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Arthur Romanet (BRAD): 6-2, 6-4
- Alexander Kokorev (WIS) vs. Hamish Weerasinghe (BRAD): 2-6, 5-5, unfinished
- Petr Satral (WIS) def. Nico Rakitin (BRAD): 6-3, 6-3
- Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) def. Daniel Tiboldi (BRAD): 6-2, 6-1
- Elliott Sprecher (WIS) def. Ashton Kalhorn (BRAD): 6-1, 6-1
- John Zordani (WIS) def. Justin Abrams (BRAD): 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: (6, 5, 4, 3, 1, 2 unfinished)