Feb. 23, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. – No. 75 Wisconsin proved that it is a strong force in the Big Ten Conference with a 4-3 victory over No. 40 Minnesota at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Saturday.
“This was just a great team effort,” said head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “I'm so proud of this team.”
The Badgers (7-1) trailed 2-0 early on in the day, but crucial wins by underclassmen paved the way for the defeat of Minnesota (3-6).
Wisconsin started the day by dropping its doubles point for just the second time this season. While the team played strong, it wasn’t able to come out with the doubles point.
First to finish in doubles was the No. 2 duo of Petr Satral and Alexander Kokorev, who dominated their match in an 8-2 victory.
The Badgers were unable to capitalize on the win however, dropping the next two matches. After leading early on, No. 1 pair Billy Bertha and Oskar Wikberg fell to Rok Bonin and Mathieu Froment, 8-6. Petr Satral and Alexander Kostanov followed, dropping their match 8-6 against Eric Frueh and Leandro Toledo.
Minnesota improved their lead with a 6-2, 6-1 win by No. 38 Bonin over Wikberg at the No. 1 spot. The Badgers did not stay behind for long, as freshmen Jalalov and Kokorev took their matches 6-4, 6-4 within minutes of each other at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots respectively.
Leandro Toledo went on to defeat Bertha 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 at the No. 2 spot, improving the Gophers’ lead to 3-2. With the Badgers down in points, the victory depended on the remaining two matches of Satral and Kostanov.
At the No. 4 spot, Kostanov battled through a close 7-6 first set including a 7-4 tiebreak. He went on to win the second set 6-4, keeping the Badger hope for victory alive.
Tied at 3-3, No. 3 Satral fought through a close 6-4 first set against Froment. Satral went on to use the energy of the home crowd to his advantage and clinch the Badger victory with a 6-2 second set win.
Wisconsin’s win over Minnesota ended the three-match win streak that the Gophers had been boasting against the Badgers.
Wisconsin looks to use the momentum from the Minnesota victory as it hosts No. 25 Notre Dame on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. in their fourth match against a ranked opponent this year.
WISCONSIN 4 MINNESOTA 3
1) Rok Bonin/Mathieu Froment (MINN) def. Billy Bertha/Oskar Wikberg (WIS): 8-6
2) Alexander Kokorev/Petr Satral (WIS) def. Jack Hamburg/Brendan Ruddock (MINN): 8-2
3) Eric Frueh/Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. Jakhongir Jalalov/Alexander Kostanov (WIS): 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1) Rok Bonin (MINN) def. Oskar Wikberg (WIS): 6-2, 6-1
2) Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. Billy Bertha (WIS): 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
3) Petr Satral (WIS) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN): 6-4, 6-2
4) Alexander Kostanov (WIS) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN): 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5) Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) def. Brendan Ruddock (MINN): 6-4, 6-4
6) Alexander Kokorev (WIS) def. Ruben Weber (MINN): 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 6, 2, 4, 3