April 21, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. – No. 69 Wisconsin concluded regular season play on Sunday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium with a 6-1 victory over No. 62 Nebraska on Senior Day.
“It was a special day for the seniors. They really embraced the moment in their last home match here at Nielsen Tennis Stadium and played great tennis,” said head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “I think they were really excited to play today.”
Wisconsin (13-11 overall, 4-7 Big Ten) got back to its doubles dominance in a 2-0 victory over Nebraska (10-14, 2-9).
The seniors led the way for the Badgers as No. 88 Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov defeated Dusty Boyer and Marc Herrmann, 8-6, at court one.
Playing together for just the second time this season, Alexander Kokorev and Oskar Wikberg clinched the doubles point at court two with an 8-6 victory over Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch.
With the doubles point decided, play was called at court three, where Jakhongir Jalalov and Petr Satral led Tom Blackwell and Sebastian Florczyk, 7-4.
“The one thing we really harped on was getting good starts in singles,” said Van Emburgh. “It felt like we were really able to do that. It was great to see the guys step up today and play some great singles.”
Satral started off singles play by improving Wisconsin’s lead to 2-0 with a victory over Andre Stenger. Tallying his first career win at the No. 1 court, Satral defeated Stenger in a close 6-4, 6-4 match.
Nebraska countered at court three in its sole victory of the day, when Bertha fell, 6-3, 6-4 to Herrmann.
The Badgers quickly tallied another point, improving their lead to 3-1 as Jalalov defeated Andrew Dzulynsky, 6-3, 6-3.
At court six, Kokorev clinched the victory for Wisconsin, taking Scott Elsass, 6-3, 6-4.
After dominating in a 6-1 first set victory, Kostanov faced a tough second set, trailing 5-3 before rallying back to bring the set to a tiebreak. Playing in his final match at home, Kostanov fought to ultimately grab the second set, 7-6 (7-5).
The Badgers scored their final point of the day when an injury forced Blackwell to retire in the third set as Wikberg led, 6-0, 5-7, 3-2.
The Badgers begin post-season play in Columbus, Ohio, next weekend at the Big Ten tournament, taking place Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28.
“We’ve been talking about it all year, being confident and having a lot of belief,” said Van Emburgh of post-season play. “We’re going to get ready for Thursday’s first round match and take it one match at a time.”
WISCONSIN 6 NEBRASKA 1
1. No. 88 Billy Bertha/Alexander Kostanov (WIS) def. Dusty Boyer/Marc Herrmann (NEB): 8-6
2. Alexander Kokorev/Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Brandon Videtich/Bradford Zitsch (NEB): 8-6
3. Jakhongir Jalalov/Petr Satral (WIS) vs. Tom Blackwell/Sebastian Florczyk (NEB): 7-4, unfinished
Order of finish: 1, 2
1. Petr Satral (WIS) def. Andrew Stenger (NEB): 6-4, 6-3
2. Alexander Kostanov (WIS) def. Dusty Boyer (NEB): 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Marc Herrmann (NEB) def. Billy Bertha (WIS): 6-3, 6-4
4. Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Tom Blackwell (NEB): 6-0, 5-7, 3-2 retired
5. Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB): 6-3, 6-3
6. Alexander Kokorev (WIS) def. Scott Elsass (NEB): 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 5, 6, 2, 4