March 16, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. – Led by a pair of freshmen, No. 62 Wisconsin wrapped up a 12-match homestand with a win Saturday, defeating the University of South Florida, 4-3, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers’ victory was fueled by late wins by freshmen Alexander Kokorev and Oskar Wikberg.
“The biggest key for us is going out there and playing with a lot of heart and a lot of fight,” said head coach Greg Van Emburgh.
The Badgers’ (10-2) defeat of the Bulls (6-6) marks the first time Wisconsin has come out on top against USF in school history.
The day started out strong with the Badgers grabbing the doubles point for the ninth time this season. At the No. 3 court, Jakhongir Jalalov and Wikberg swiftly defeated Everth Dzib and Federico Sabogal, 8-1.
USF didn’t stay behind for long, taking the match at the No. 1 court. Billy Berth and Alexander Kostanov fell, 8-3, to Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz and Oliver Pramming.
With the matches split, the doubles point came down to Kokorev and Petr Satral at court No. 2. After trailing early on, the Badgers were able to capitalize on service errors by the Bulls to take the match, 8-6.
The Bulls rallied back in singles play, grabbing the first two matches and the 2-1 lead. Playing at the No. 1 court for the first time in his Badger career, Satral could never quite grab momentum and fell 6-2, 6-2 to Pramming.
Giving USF its second point of the day was Ravi Patel in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jalalov at the No. 5 court.
Wisconsin refused to stay down for long, tying up the score, 2-2 at the No. 3 court. Kostanov easily took the first set, 6-3, but Sabogal rallied back to take the second set to a tiebreak. Kostanov came out ahead, taking the tiebreak, 7-4, and maintaining his perfect 11-0 record in singles play.
Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz countered soon after for the Bulls in a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Bertha at the No. 2 court.
With USF leading 3-2, the Badgers needed the remaining two matches to clinch the win.
Both Kokorev and Wikberg split their first sets, taking their matches down to the wire with a third set. At No. 6 Kokorev was the first to finish, coming out ahead, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 against Dzib.
Kokorev’s win tied up the match for Wisconsin and gave Wikberg the chance to clinch the Badgers’ victory. At No. 4, Wikberg did just that, taking his match 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 against Guillermo De Vilchez and giving the Badgers the 4-3 win.
“Wikberg was able to really establish and get himself a win,” said Van Emburgh. “Kokorev has been able to show that he can consistently hold down the fort.”
The Badgers hit the road for the first time this season to face No. 40 Michigan and No. 52 Michigan State next weekend. Wisconsin travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday, March 23 to take on Michigan at 11 a.m. before heading to East Lansing, Mich., on Sunday, March 24 to take on Michigan State at noon.
WISCONSIN 4 SOUTH FLORIDA 3
1) Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz/Oliver Pramming (USF) def. Billy Bertha/Alexander Kostanov (WIS): 8-3
2) Alexander Kokorev/Petr Satral (WIS) vs. Guillermo De Vilchez/Ravi Patel (USF): 8-6
3) Jakhongir Jalalov/Oskar Wikberg (WIS) vs. Everth Dzib/Federico Sabogal (USF): 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1) Oliver Pramming (USF) def. Petr Satral (WIS): 6-2, 6-1
2) Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Billy Bertha (WIS): 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
3) Alexander Kostanov (WIS) def. Federico Sabogal (USF): 6-3, 7-6 (4)
4) Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Guillermo De Vilchez (USF): 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
5) Ravi Patel (USF) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS): 6-2, 6-2
6) Alexander Kokorev (WIS) def. Everth Dzib (USF): 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3, 2, 6, 4