March 3, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. – Despite a strong start to the day, No. 59 Wisconsin couldn’t hold on to the lead and fell to No. 29 Notre Dame, 5-2 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Sunday.
The Badgers (7-2, 1-0) began the day by winning their seventh doubles point of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Fighting Irish (7-5, 1-0). The first pair to finish was Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg at the No. 3 court. The duo started off slow, but hit their stride midway through the match and came away with an 8-4 victory.
At the No. 1 court, Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov battled to bring in the doubles point for Wisconsin, but were unable to gain the momentum needed for a victory. Notre Dame’s Greg Andrews and Spencer Talmadge narrowly came away with the match, 8-6.
With the previous doubles matches split, the point came down to the No. 2 court. In a match filled with close games, Alexander Kokorev and Petr Satral’s dominant serving was the deciding factor. The duo took the match and clinched the doubles point for Wisconsin in an 8-4 victory over Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor.
In singles play, Wisconsin extended the lead to 2-0 with a victory at the No. 4 court. Alexander Kostanov kept his undefeated singles streak alive in a 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Pecor.
Notre Dame wouldn’t stay behind for long, taking the five remaining points. At the No. 1 court, Bertha fell to No. 97 nationally ranked Andrews, 6-1, 6-3. Jalalov followed at No. 5 in a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Wyatt McCoy.
Kokorev fought back hard in the second set at the No. 6 court, but couldn’t catch up fast enough, falling to Moore, 6-2, 6-4.
With Wisconsin down 3-2, hope of a victory rested on No. 2 Wikberg and No. 3 Satral. Despite close matches, neither Wikberg nor Satral could come away with the win. Notre Dame clinched its victory with Quentin Monaghan’s defeat of Wikberg, 6-3, 6-2.
Satral gave the Badgers hope for a final point to finish the dual, but couldn’t hold on to his early lead, falling in three sets to No. 102 nationally ranked Blas Moros, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
The Badgers will be back on the court hosting their final doubleheader at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Saturday, March 9. Wisconsin faces Green Bay at 12:30 p.m. before taking on Western Illinois at 4 p.m.
NOTRE DAME 5 WISCONSIN 2
1) Greg Andrews/Spencer Talmadge (ND) def. Billy Bertha/Alexander Kostanov: 8-6
2) Alexander Kokorev/Petr Satral (WIS) vs. Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND): 8-4
3) Jakhongir Jalalov/Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Matt Dooley/Quentin Monaghan (ND): 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1) Greg Andrews (ND) def. Billy Bertha (WIS): 6-1, 6-3
2) Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Oskar Wikberg (WIS): 6-3, 6-2
3) Blas Moros (ND) def. Petr Satral (WIS): 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
4) Alexander Kostanov (WIS) vs. Billy Pecor (ND): 6-2, 6-0
5) Wyatt McCoy (ND) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS): 6-1, 6-1
6) Michael Moore (ND) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS): 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 5, 6, 2, 3