April 14, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. – Despite several close matches and overall strong play, No. 75 Wisconsin fell, 7-0, to No. 56 Indiana on Sunday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
“The losses are never easy. It was a pretty good Indiana team that we played,” said head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “They really competed well and they played the big points really well.”
Wisconsin (11-10 overall, 2-7 Big Ten) began the day falling, 2-1, to Indiana (16-11, 6-3) in doubles action.
First to finish in doubles play was court two, where Alexander Kokorev and Petr Satral fell, 8-2, to Daniel Bednarczyk and Josh MacTaggart.
At court one, Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov faced their second ranked duo of the weekend, taking on No. 21 Sam Monette and Isade Juneau. Neither team was able to break the serve until Indiana grabbed the final two games, defeating Bertha and Kostanov, 9-7, to clinch the point for the Hoosiers.
Determined to avoid the doubles sweep, Jakhongir Jalalov and Wikberg came from behind to take the match to a tiebreak against Chris Essick and Dimitrije Tasic. Wikberg and Jalalov ultimately won, 8-7 (7-5), to give the Badgers a doubles victory.
The Hoosiers came out strong in singles play as Frederik Strabo fell, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, to Essick at No. 6 singles and Satral fell, 6-2, 6-1, to MacTaggart on the No. 2 court.
After a tough 6-0 first set loss to Juneau at court three, Bertha rallied back and took the second set, 7-6 (8-6). Bertha couldn’t keep his momentum going, falling to Juneau in the third set, 6-3 and solidifying the win for Indiana.
Playing at the No. 1 spot for the first time this season, Kostanov faced No. 106 Monette. Kostanov overcame a match point to take the second set to a tiebreak, before falling, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) to Monette.
At court five, Jalalov and Bednarczyk were very evenly matched, playing three close sets. Jalalov fought through the nail-biter, but couldn’t get the win for the Badgers, falling, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) to Bednarczyk.
Finding himself in Wisconsin’s final match for the second time this weekend, Wikberg bounced back from a 6-1 loss in the first set to take the second set, 7-5 over Tasic. In an exhausting final set filled with multiple lead changes, Wikberg fell in a 7-6 (7-4) tiebreaker.
“We could have done a better job at playing the important point and getting more competitive at those situations and a little more determined,” said Van Emburgh.
Wisconsin closes out Big Ten regular season action with matches against Iowa and Nebraska next weekend. On Friday, April 19, the Badgers head to Iowa City, Iowa, to face the Hawkeyes at 2 p.m.
The Badgers return to Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Sunday, April 21 to host No. 60 Nebraska at noon. During Sunday’s match, Wisconsin will celebrate Senior Day as Kostanov and Bertha compete in their final home matches.
INDIANA 7 WISCONSIN 0
1. #21 Isade Juneau/Sam Monette (IND) def. Billy Bertha/Alexander Kostanov (WIS): 9-7
2. Daniel Bednarczyk/Josh MacTaggart (IND) def. Alexander Kokorev/Petr Satral (WIS): 8-2
3. Jakhongir Jalalov/Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Chris Essick/Dimitrije Tasic (IND): 8-7 (7-5)
Order of Completion: 2, 1, 3
1. #106 Sam Monette (IND) def. Alexander Kostanov (WIS): 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Josh MacTaggart (IND) def. Petr Satral (WIS): 6-2, 6-1
3. Isade Juneau (IND) def. Billy Bertha (WIS): 6-0, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3
4. Dimitrije Tasic (IND ) def. Oskar Wikberg (WIS): 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Daniel Bednarczyk (IND) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS): 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
6. Chris Essick (IND) def. Frederik Strabo (WIS): 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Order of Completion: 6, 2, 3, 1, 5, 4