March 23, 2014
March 23, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Badgers posted their first Big Ten conference win of the season with a 5-2 win over No. 68 Iowa on Sunday at Nielsen. Wisconsin moves to 9-7 on the season and 1-2 in conference play after posting its fourth win over a ranked team on the year.
“It was great to rebound from a tough match on Friday against Nebraska,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “The conference is just so deep this year. There’s nobody that you can take for granted.
I think we did a good job today. I love the energy that the guys brought.”
Wisconsin got off to a slow start and dropped the doubles point to the Hawkeyes, but clawed back with a strong singles effort.
“I think we responded really well after losing the doubles point,” Van Emburgh said. “This was a collective, team effort today.”
In singles action, Oskar Wikberg opened up strong dominating Jonas Dierckx with a final score of 6-1, 6-2.
Alexander Kokorev followed with a win over Brian Alden as the match ended with a final decision of 6-2, 6-4.
Elliott Sprecher defeated Dominic Patrick at No. 5 singles, with a final score of 6-2, 6-3.
John Zordani clinched the match with a win over Michael Swank, coming back from a second-set loss, with a final count of 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Van Emburgh was impressed with Zordani’s performance.
“For Zordani to clinch the match as a freshman, it just shows you the amount of effort and character that he has.”
Jakhongir Jalalov was unable to hold onto his lead, falling 7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-6 (3) to Matt Hagan.
At No. 3 singles, Petr Satral defeated Juan Estenssoro in a comeback win, which ended with a final score of 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg were defeated by Brian Alden and Michael Swank, in a close match that resulted in a tiebreaker, with a final score of 8-7 (3).
The freshman duo of Elliott Sprecher and John Zordani also fell in a tiebreaker, with a final decision of 8-7 (6).
Sophomore Alexander Kokorev and Petr Satral’s No. 2 doubles went unfinished.
Up next, the Badgers head to No. 70 Indiana on Friday, March 28 before taking on No. 40 Purdue on Sunday March 30.
WISCONSIN 5 IOWA 2
1). Alden/Swank (IOWA) def. Jalalov/Wikberg (UW) 8-7 (3)
2). Dierckx/J. Estenssoro (IOWA) v. Kokorev/Satral (UW) unfinished
3). Hagan/White (IOWA) def. Sprecher/Zordani (UW) 8-7 (6)
Order of Finish: (1, 3, 2)
1). Oskar Wikberg (UW) def. Jonas Dierckx(IOWA) 6-1, 6-2
2). Alexander Kokorev (UW) def. Brian Alden (IOWA) 6-2, 6-4
3). Petr Satral (UW) def. Juan Estenssoro (IOWA) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
4). Matt Hagan (IOWA) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (UW) 7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-6 (3)
5). Elliott Sprecher (UW) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) 6-2, 6-3
6). John Zordani (UW) def. Michael Swank (IOWA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Order of Finish: (1, 2, 5, 6, 4, 3)