Feb. 15, 2014
Feb. 15, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Despite several close matches and overall strong play, No. 70 Wisconsin fell to No. 42 Drake on Saturday, 4-0, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
UW was unable to secure the doubles point against the bulldogs. The freshman duo of John Zordani and Elliott Sprecher fell to Matt Frost and Ravi Patel, by a final score of 6-1.
Senior Petr Satral and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov couldn’t grab the lead in a back and forth battle at No. 2 doubles against Ben Mullis and Alen Salibasic, which ended with a final decision of 6-3.
Oskar Wikberg and Alexander Kokorev’s No. 1 doubles match against Robin Goodman and Ben Lott went unfinished with a final score of 3-4.
Head Coach Greg Van Emburgh feels that his team can make improvements in their mental play in doubles.
“We could have done a better job in doubles as far as being emotionally engaged,” Van Emburgh said. “I felt like that was the one thing that Drake really did well with us. We had a couple of those bad points and that set us back.”
In singles action, the Badgers took Drake to tie-breakers in two of the three matches they lost, but were unable to secure the wins they needed.
At No. 1 singles, Wikberg fell to Salibasic in a hard-fought match, ending in a tiebreaker with a final score of 6-3, 6-5 (7).
Satral was defeated by Goodman, 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 3 singles position. After losing the first set in a tie-breaker, Zordani fell to Patel, by a final count of 6-5 (4), 6-0.
Unfortunately, Kokorev’s match against Lott went unfinished after he might have been on his way to a win. The sophomore took the first set 6-4, dropped the second set 1-6 and led 4-3 in the third frame.
In Jalalov’s No. 4 singles match against Frost, he rallied back after a 4-6 first set loss to a 4-3 lead in the second set before the match was ended early.
Sprecher’s match against Mullis also went unfinished, ending with Mullis leading, 6-5, 4-1.
“We bounced back into the singles and made it more of a dogfight,” Van Emburgh added. “The scores weren’t really indicative of the final result. Hopefully they can take what they learned today into tomorrow’s match with SMU.”
The Badgers will face SMU tomorrow at Nielsen Tennis Stadium at Noon (CT).
DRAKE 4, WISCONSIN 0
1). Goodman/Lott (DRAKE) v. Wikberg/Kokorev (WIS) 4-3, unfinished
2). Salibasic/Mullis (DRAKE) def. Satral/Jalalov (WIS) 6-3
3). Patel/Frost (DRAKE) def. Zordani/Sprecher (WIS) 6-1
Order of Finish: (3, 2, 1)
1). Alen Salibasic (DRAKE) def. Oskar Wikberg (WIS) 6-3, 6-5 (7)
2). Alexander Kokorev (WIS) vs. Ben Lott (DRAKE) 6-4, 1-6, 4-3 unfinished
3). Robin Goodman (DRAKE) def. Petr Satral (WIS) 6-4, 6-4
4). Matt Frost (DRAKE) vs. Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) 6-4, 3-4, unfinished
5). Ravi Patel (DRAKE) def. John Zordani (WIS) 6-5 (4), 6-0
6). Ben Mullis (DRAKE) vs. Elliott Sprecher (WIS) 6-5, 4-1, unfinished
Order of Finish: (3, 5, 1, 2 unfinished, 4 unfinished, 6 unfinished)