Feb. 26, 2014
• Final Stats
MADISON, Wis. -- The Badgers improved to 6-3 on the season and earned their third win over a ranked opponent by toppling No. 57 Marquette on Wednesday night at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
The victory for No. 49 Wisconsin, marked the Badgers' 18th-straight win over their I-94 rivals.
"I think the reason that we're winning matches is that our guys are playing with a lot of heart and belief," head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. "They're physically, mentally and emotionally engaged in every match and every point. I think that's the difference for us. They're really starting to become warriors out there on the court."
In doubles action, sophomore Oskar Wikberg and freshman Elliott Sprecher claimed the first victory of the day over Nick Dykema and Cameron Tehrani, coming back from a 3-4 deficit, to earn a final score of 8-4.
Sophomore Alexander Kokorev and freshman John Zordani would clinch the doubles point for Wisconsin on the No. 2 court after a back and forth battle against Logon Collins and Gleb Sklyr that ended with a final decision of 8-6.
At No. 1 doubles, senior Petr Satral and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov's play concluded early, when they might have been on their way to a win. They wrapped things up at 7-7, while they lead 3-1 in a tiebreaker.
"I don't think it was our best tennis match," Van Emburgh admitted. "Marquette is a great team and I think we did a good job in finding a way to get the doubles point."
In singles action, the first win came from Wikberg at No. 1. He defeated his opponent, Vukasin Teofanovic, after a second set comeback. The match ended with a final decision of 6-4, 7-5.
Senior Petr Satral dropped his match, 6-2, 6-2 to Gleb Sklyr.
Sprecher held on to win his match, 6-4, 6-2 against Nick Dykema, remaining undefeated on the season, with a 5-0 overall singles record.
Unfortunately, Zordani and Jalalov were unable to finish their matches. Zordani won the first set, 6-4 and dropped the second set, 2-6 against Cameron Tehrani, before a third set could begin.
Jalalov came back after a 4-6 first set loss to Logon Collins to win the second set 6-4, but also was unable to continue on to a third set.
Kokorev's match at No. 2 marked the day's lone three set match. He defeated Dan Mamalat in the first set, 6-2, before dropping the second in a tiebreaker, 6-7 (3). He came back to throttle his opponent, 6-1 in the final set, sealing Wisconsin's 4-1 victory.
"I told them after this match against Marquette that we want to make sure that if we lose, that it would be because they just beat us," Van Emburgh added. "We wanted to make sure that it wouldn't be because the out competed us or because were tougher than us. It would have been because they just found a way to beat us. We didn't allow that to happen.
"Our mindset is that as long as we're committed physically, mentally and emotionally, we're going to be in every match and we're ready for a dogfight."
Up next, the Badgers will head to Minnesota on Saturday, March 1 to begin Big Ten conference play against the No. 47 Golden Gophers at 1 p.m.
WISCONSIN 4 MARQUETTE 1
1). Jalalov/Satral (WIS) vs. Mamalat/Teofanovic (MU) 7-7 unfinished
2). Kokorev/Zordani (WIS) def. Collins/Sklyr (MU) 8-6
3). Wikberg/Sprecher (WIS) def. Dykema/Tehrani (MU) 8-4
Order of Finish: (3, 2, 1 unfinished)
1). Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Dan Mamalat (MU) 6-4, 7-5
2). Alexander Kokorev (WIS) def. Vukasin Teofanovic (MU) 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-1
3). Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) vs. Logon Collins (MU) 4-6, 6-4, unfinished
4). Nick Dykema (MU) def. Petr Satral (WIS) 6-2, 6-2
5). Elliott Sprecher (WIS) def. Cameron Tehrani (MU) 6-4, 6-2
6). John Zordani (WIS) vs. Kristiyan Trukov (MU) 6-4, 2-6, unfinished
Order of Finish: (4, 1, 5, 2, 3 unfinished, 6 unfinished)