Feb. 2, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Badgers ran their home winning streak to three on Sunday and posted their first win over a ranked opponent this season, knocking off No. 70 Tulane, 4-3, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Wisconsin (3-2) began the day by taking the doubles point as the duo of senior Petr Satral and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov throttled Sebastian Rey and Alex Van Cott, by a score of 6-1.
At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Alexander Kokorev and Oskar Wikberg fought back from being down 5-4 against Jao Chi-Shan and Dominik Koepfer to break serve and ultimately steal the match in a tiebreaker, ending with a final score of 6-5, (7-2).
Head coach Van Emburgh was pleased with his No. 1 doubles team’s resilience.
“I think the one thing we’ve been stressing in both practice and matches is to be competitive, to compete no matter what the score is and I think they did a great job with that today and Kokorev and Wikberg ended up coming back to help us win the match.”
Freshman John Zordani and junior Michael Sinha did not finish their match against Ian Van Cott and Takuma Ohashi, but reached 5-5 before it was ended.
In singles action, Jalalov started the day off strong by defeating Chi-Shan, 6-4, 6-1.
Close behind at No. 1 singles, Oskar Wikberg clinched a victory against Rey, with a final decision of 6-3, 6-2.
Petr Satral was next the next Badger to bring in a win, closing out his match at 6-2, 6-2 against Ohashi.
Zordani fell to Alex Van Cott, after a hard fought match, ending with a final score of 6-5 (7-5), 6-4.
At No. 2 singles, Kokorev lost momentum against Koepfer, falling 6-4, 0-6, 3-6.
Sinha battled it out against Ian Van Cott, but wasn’t able to hold on during a third set tiebreaker. The final result was 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3).
“Tulane is a ranked win for us,” Van Emburgh said. “We were playing one man down because Elliott Sprecher rolled his ankle yesterday during the match, so he wasn’t able to play singles and doubles today. He’s really solid for us at the five and six spot as well as at three doubles.
“We were going into this match a little shy with him out and I think it is important for us to gain momentum here at home. We have a stretch of matches at home, now we’re 3-0 at home so all of the guys should be building some confidence and feeling good about their games.”
The Badgers will now have two weeks of preparation before they face No. 41 Drake on Saturday Feb. 15 and SMU on Sunday Feb. 16 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
WISCONSIN 4 TULANE 3
- Kokorev/Wikberg (WIS) def. Chi-Shan/Koepfer (TUL): 6-5 (7-2)
- Satral Jalalov (WIS) def. Rey/A. Van Cott (TUL): 6-1
- Zordani/Sinha (WIS) v. I. Van Cott/Ohashi (TUL): 5-5 unfinished
Order of Finish: (2, 1, 3 unfinished)
- Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Sebastian Rey (TUL): 6-3, 6-2
- Dominik Koepfer (TUL) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS): 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
- Petr Satral (WIS) def. Takuma Ohashi (TUL): 6-2, 6-2
- Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) def. Jao Chi-Shan (TUL): 6-4, 6-1
- Ian Van Cott (TUL) def. Michael Sinha (WIS): 4-6, 6-4 (10-3)
- Alex Van Cott (TUL) def. John Zordani (WIS): 6-5 (7-5), 6-4
Order of Finish: (4, 1, 3, 6, 2, 5)