Jan. 26, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin women’s tennis team couldn’t get going in its first match of the season, falling to national powerhouse Duke, 6-0 on Saturday in Durham, N.C.
“We were excited to start the season with such a quality opponent,” said Wisconsin assistant coach Mira Radu. “We were pretty close in two of the three doubles matches, and in the singles I thought we played better than some of the results showed.”
The match kicked off with UW’s No. 2 doubles team of Lauren Burich and Helen Rabot falling to Marianne Jodoin and Annie Mulholland, 8-2. The Blue Devils captured the doubles point after Wisconsin’s pairing of Hannah Berner and Lauren Chypyha failed to even the doubles score, falling to Mary Clayton and Ester Goldfeld in the No. 1 doubles matchup, 8-4.
The Badgers couldn’t make up any ground on the singles side of the competition, where four of the six players the UW faced were ranked.
Katie Hoch opened the singles competition with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat at the hands of No. 40 Goldfeld in the No. 3 singles match.
The Badgers found themselves in a 3-0 hole after Rabot was beaten 6-2, 6-1 in her No. 6 singles match against No. 53 Jodoin.
The clinching win for Duke came in the No. 5 singles match, where Anastasia Tripolskay lost in her first collegiate singles match, 6-2, 6-1 to Monica Turewicz.
“We were fighting for every point,” said Radu. “We tried to make a very good opponent like Duke earn every point they got.”
The day ended with Burich and Berner losing in the No. 4 and No. 1 singles matches, respectively. Burich came up short against Annie Mulholland, 6-3, 6-0, and Berner dropped her match against No. 10 Hanna Mar, 6-3, 6-1.
There were a couple bright spots for the Badgers in the day’s two unfinished matches. Chypyha carried her momentum from a strong fall season into her No. 2 singles match against No. 53 Mary Clayton. The match was tied 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), with Chypyha winning the first set and Clayton taking the second, before the match was called due to time constraints.
“I really have to commend Lauren Chypyha on playing with a lot of courage against a very highly-ranked opponent,” Radu said.
On the doubles side, the UW’s No. 3 pairing of Hoch and Tripolskay were in a competitive match against Turewicz and Mar, trailing 4-5 before the match was ended.
The Badgers will wrap up the ITA Kickoff when they take on Wyoming in the consolation match tomorrow at 2 p.m.
No. 3 Duke 6, No. 74 Wisconsin, 0
1. Mary Clayton/Ester Goldfeld (DUKE) def. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 8-4
2. Marianne Jodoin/Annie Mulholland (DUKE) def. Lauren Burich/Helen Rabot (WIS) 8-2
3. Monica Turewicz/Hanna Mar (DUKE) vs. Katie Hoch/Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 5-4, unfinished
1. #10 Hanna Mar (DUKE) def. Hannah Berner (WIS) 6-1, 6-3
2. #53 Mary Clayton (DUKE) vs. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 3-6, 6-6 (7-5), unfinished
3. #40 Ester Goldfeld (DUKE) def. Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-1, 6-0
4. Annie Mulholland (DUKE) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 6-3, 6-0
5. Monica Turewicz (DUKE) def. Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 6-2, 6-1
6. #53 Marianne Jodoin (DUKE) def. Helen Rabot (WIS) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish:
Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,6,5,4,1)