April 13, 2014
April 13, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- A mid-match ceremony to honor Wisconsin’s lone senior, Petr Satral, was nearly enough to turn momentum, but ultimately the 74th-ranked Badgers would drop a 4-3 match to No. 50 Michigan at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Following a loss in doubles, UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh and the Badgers congratulated Satral on his tennis career at Wisconsin.
“Petr has done a great job on and off the court,” Van Emburgh said. “He has a 3.5 GPA in Economics and he really takes care of business. He graduated in four years and that’s not easy to do. On the court he has done some great things as well, clinching some Big Ten matches for us.
“He’s been a pleasure to work with and he always gives his best effort on and off the court.”
Moments after the Satral salute, the Badgers used the emotion to take early leads in several of the singles matches.
Sophomores Alexander Kokorev and Jakhongir Jalalov along with junior Michael Sinha would pull off wins on singles courts 2, 3 and 5, respectively. Kokorev claimed a victory over Vlad Stefan, with a final score of 6-3, 7-5.
Jalalov finished off Justin Rossi in a thrilling 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-8 match, while Sinha claimed his match over Michael Zhu, with a final score of 6-1, 6-4.
Those three wins brought Wisconsin within one match of pulling off the “W,” but the Badgers were unable to clinch it.
Satral started off strong in his final match at Nielsen against Alex Petrone, but wasn’t able to maintain the lead, falling 6-4, 6-1.
Kevin Wong defeated Strabo at No. 6 singles, with a final decision of 6-4, 6-1.
Sprecher was unable to claim a victory against Alex Buzzi at the No. 4 spot, falling 6-4, 6-2.
Van Emburgh feels that the team needs to focus on the positives in moving forward.
“It’s obviously tough when you’ve got a couple of guys out,” Van Emburgh said. “John Zordani’s knee still isn’t right and he still played in the doubles and Oskar Wikberg is still out.
It kind of puts us behind the eight ball a little bit, but I think overall the guys competed hard at all of the spots. We’re playing hard but we’re just not quite good enough at some spots. Michigan is a good team and I thought we competed well overall today.”
Despite two close matches, the Badgers couldn’t capture the doubles point against the Wolverines.
Jalalov and freshman John Zordani put up a good effort against Petrone and Zhu, but ultimately fell, 8-5.
The duo of junior Sinha and sophomore Frederik Strabo were unable to gain any momentum against Wong and Stefan, falling 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.
Satral and sophomore Kokorev might have been on their way to a win when their match against Buzzi and Barrett Franks was ended early, ending with a final score of 6-6.
The Badgers will head out on the road for the final two regular-season matches of the season, facing No. 34 Northwestern on Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and Illinois on Sunday, April 20.
MICHIGAN 4 WISCONSIN 3
1. Kokorev/Satral (UW) v. Buzzi/Franks (MICH) 6-6 unfinished
2. Petrone/Zhu (MICH) def. Jalalov/Zordani (UW) 8-5
3. Stefan/Wong (MICH) def. Sinha/Strabo (UW) 8-0
Order of Finish: (3, 2, 1 unfinished)
1. Alex Petrone (MICH) def. Petr Satral (UW) 6-4, 6-1
2. Alexander Kokorev (UW) def. Vlad Stefan (MICH) 6-3, 7-5
3. Jakhongir Jalalov (UW) def. Justin Rossi (MICH) 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-8
4. Alex Buzzi (MICH) def. Elliott Sprecher (UW) 6-4, 6-2
5. Michael Sinha (UW) def. Michael Zhu (MICH) 6-1, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (MICH) def. Frederik Strabo (UW) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: (1, 4, 6, 5, 2, 3)