April 11, 2014
April 11, 2014
•MADISON, Wis. -- Facing their first unranked team in eight matches, the Badgers knew Friday’s match with Michigan State might be a chance to snap a recent cold spell. Wisconsin (9-12, 1-7) nearly pulled off the win, but fell just short, 4-3, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Coach Van Emburgh feels that his team put in a good effort, despite the loss.
“It’s tough having a couple guys not in the lineup-especially when your top player is out with a sprained ankle,” he said. “I thought the guys put in a good effort overall given the circumstances.”
UW got a slow start, dropping the doubles point to the Spartans.
Senior Petr Satral and sophomore Alexander Kokorev put up a fight against Drew Lied and John Patrick Mullane, before falling, 8-5.
Sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov and freshman John Zordani held their own against Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders at No. 2 doubles, but dropped a tie-breaker, with a final decision of 8-7 (2)
At No. 3 doubles, junior Michael Sinha and freshman Elliott Sprecher were unable to gain any momentum against Aaron Pfister and Brett Forman. Their match ended with a final score of 8-1.
Needing to win four singles matches to take the contest, the Badgers would nearly pull off the feat.
At No. 1 singles, Satral would make an opening statement knocking off Drew Lied 6-2, 6-3.
In the Badgers second win of the day, Sinha came up with a win in a hard-fought match against Gijs Linders, with a final score of 6-2, 7-6 (2).
Shortly after the match had already been clinched by MSU, Kokorev came up with a third set win over Mullane, with a final score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
That means if Wisconsin could have claimed one additional victory it would have posted its second Big Ten win of the season.
The Badgers best chance came at No. 3 singles, where Jalalov was locked up in a tight battle with Pfister. Jalalov dropped a heart-breaking first set in tie-breakers, 7-6 (6), before just missing out in the second set, 7-5.
At No. 4 singles, Sprecher was defeated, 6-1, 6-2, by Forman, while sophomore Frederik Strabo fell, 6-3, 6-2, to Jadun at the No. 6 spot.
“Overall the Big Ten conference is so strong,” Van Emburgh said. “We want to stay positive and confident and utilize the opportunities we have when we’re in the position to.”
The Badgers will host No. 43 Michigan on Sunday at Noon (CT).
“The guys are ready to step up, they’ve just got to go out there and execute and finish,” Van Emburgh added.
MICHIGAN STATE 4 WISCONSIN 3
1. Lied/Mullane (MSU) def. Satral/Kokorev (UW) 8-5
2. Jadun/Linders (MSU) def. Jalalov/Zordani (UW) 8-7 (9)
3. Pfister/Forman (MSU) def. Sinha/Sprecher (UW) 8-1
Order of Finish: (3, 1, 2)
1. Petr Satral (UW) def. Drew Lied (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Alexander Kokorev (UW) def. John Patrick Mullane (MSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
3. Aaron Pfister (MSU) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (UW) 7-6 (6), 7-5
4. Brett Forman (MSU) def. Elliott Sprecher (UW) 6-1, 6-2
5. Michael Sinha (UW) def. Gijs Landers (MSU) 6-2, 7-6 (2)
6. Harry Jadun (MSU) def. Frederik Strabo (UW) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: (4, 6, 5, 1, 3, 2)