Feb. 16, 2014
Feb. 16, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team used a complete team effort to defeat SMU, 4-2, on Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Senior Petr Satral and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov earned the Badgers sole doubles win, dominating Nate Lammons and Alex Sanders, with a final score of 6-1.
At No. 3 doubles, freshman Elliott Sprecher and junior Micheal Sinha fought a back and forth battle against Arkidjas Slobodkins and Tony Russell that ended in a tie-breaker. The Badgers duo were defeated by a final decision of 6-5 (4).
UW got off to a slow start on the afternoon and was unable to secure the doubles point against the Mustangs. The sophomore duo of Oskar Wikberg and Alexander Kokorev fell to Artus Kazijevs and Mischa Nowicki, by a final score of 6-3.
Head coach Greg Van Emburgh feels that his team can make improvements in their mental game in doubles.
“It was a little unlucky that we didn’t win the doubles point,” Van Emburgh said. “I felt like Wikberg and Kokorev didn’t play their best match today, and then we had match at No. 3 doubles where we haven’t been in that situation with (Elliot) Sprecher and (Michael) Sinha there before.”
The Badgers didn’t let the doubles losses deter them though. They battled back and rallied in singles action. Kokorev started things off by dominating in his match against Nowicki, which ended with a final score of 6-1, 6-0.
Satral wasn’t able to gain momentum in his match against Sanders, falling with a final score of 6-3, 6-4.
Jalalov came up with UW’s second singles victory, defeating Russell in a close match with a final decision of 6-4, 6-2.
Freshman John Zordani also claimed his match against Lammons, with a final score of 6-3, 6-3.
At No. 1 singles, Wikberg came back from a 1-6 first set loss to defeat Kazijevs 6-4 in the second set. Unfortunately, the match was called before a third set tie-breaker could determine a winner.
In what ended up being the most important match of the day, Sprecher defeated Slobodkins in an all out battle, with a final score of 6-5, 4-6, 6-3.
“We really rebounded unbelievably. They played exactly how we’ve been saying that we need to play,” Van Emburgh added. “Yesterday, after we lost to Drake, we talked about trying to be over-competitive and competing and fighting. They did an unbelievable job. It was a great team effort today.”
The Badgers will face Denver on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium before hosting Marquette at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Van Emburgh feels that his team showed a great deal of resilience this weekend.
“For Sprecher to be able to come back, he just fought, fought, fought. Wikberg did the same and he was down a break,” Van Emburgh added. “It just shows you right now that if these guys play with that type of heart and that type of determination, we’re going to be able to win a lot of tennis matches.”
WISCONSIN 4 SMU 2
1). Kazijevs/Nowicki (SMU) def. Kokorev/Wikberg (WIS) 6-3
2). Satral/Jalalov (WIS) def. Lammons/Sanders (SMU) 6-1
3). Russell/Slobodkins (SMU) def. Sprecher/Sinha (WIS) 6-5 (3)
Order of Finish: (2, 1, 3)
1). Oskar Wikberg (WIS) vs. Arturs Kazijevs (SMU) 1-6, 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
2). Alexander Kokorev (WIS) def. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) 6-1, 6-0
3). Alex Sanders (SMU) def. Petr Satral (WIS) 6-3, 6-4
4). Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) def. Tony Russell (SMU) 6-4, 6-2
5). Elliott Sprecher (WIS) def. Arkidjas Slobodkins (SMU) 6-5, 4-6, 6-3
6). John Zordani (WIS) def. Nate Lammons (SMU) 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: (2, 3, 6, 4, 5, 1 unfinished)