Jan. 27, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin women’s tennis team found itself in an early 3-1 hole that it was never able to overcome, losing to No. 62 College of Charleston on Sunday to conclude the ITA Kick-off in Durham, N.C., Sunday afternoon.
“I think one of the main reasons that we came up a little bit short today was because of our energy level,” said Wisconsin assistant coach Mira Radu. “Charleston had more energy than us, and that energy made the difference.”
The day started with the Badgers dropping the doubles point for the second straight match. UW’s No. 2 doubles team of Lauren Burich and Helen Rabot got things started on the doubles side, falling to Kelly Kambourelis and Jenny Falcone, 8-1. Wisconsin bounced back to even the doubles score when the No. 1 team of Hannah Berner and Lauren Chypyha took down Samantha Maddox and Irene Viana, 8-7 (7-3).
With the doubles point hanging in the balance, the Badgers’ No.3 pairing of Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya came up short to Christin Newman and Katherine Schofield, 8-6.
UW answered with a point of its own in the No. 2 singles match, where Chypyha defeated Kambourelis, 6-2, 6-1. The win capped an impressive weekend by Chypyha, who finished with a singles and doubles victory, and was tied with No. 52 Mary Clayton of Duke on Saturday before the match was called due to time constraints.
“The key today for her (Chypyha) was staying focused throughout the whole match,” Radu said. “(Kambourelis) was a very crafty, talented player, and Lauren did a great job of not letting her get back into the match. Lauren’s serve worked really well today, both in singles and doubles, and that really helped her.”
The Cougars quickly regained the lead after Maddox upended Burich in the No. 3 singles match, 6-4, 6-3. After Rabot lost to Schofield in the No. 6 match, 6-4, 6-1, the Badgers found themselves in a 3-1 hole.
But, Tripolskaya was up to the challenge, bringing the Badgers within a point after she beat Grace Baker, 6-2, 7-6 (10-8) in the No. 5 singles match for her first collegiate singles victory.
“It was a very gritty win for Anastasia today,” Radu said. “She faced a couple match points in the second set and still fought back to win the set and the match. That showed a lot of heart, and it’s really promising for the future. We’re proud of her.”
Despite Tripolskaya’s efforts, Wisconsin’s early hole proved too deep to escape from, as Berner couldn’t hold off Newman in the No.1 match, falling in two sets, 7-5, 6-4.
Berner’s loss clinched the match for Charleston, and the No. 3 singles match was called with Hoch trailing Falcone, 4-6, 6-4, 5-2.
Though they lost both matches on the weekend, Wisconsin found plenty of positives to build on for the future.
“I think we’ve definitely improved from the fall season,” Radu said. “Our error management and our point-building are much better, but we’ll have to keep improving in those areas if we want to get to the next level as a team.”
The Badgers will return to the court on Feb. 1, when they take on Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., at 5 p.m.
No. 62 College of Charleston 5, No. 74 Wisconsin 2
1. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Samantha Maddox/Irene Viana (COFC) 8-7 (7-3)
2. Kelly Kambourelis/Jenny Falcone (COFC) def. Lauren Burich/Helen Rabot (WIS) 8-1
3. Christin Newman/Katherine Schofield (COFC) def. Katie Hoch/Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) 8-6
1. Christin Newman (COFC) def. Hannah Berner (WIS) 7-5, 6-4
2. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Kelly Kambourelis (COFC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Jenny Falcone (COFC) def. Katie Hoch (WIS) 3-6, 6-3, 5-2
4. Samantha Maddox (COFC) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Grace Baker (COFC) 6-2, 7-6 (10-8)
6. Katherine Schofield (COFC) def. Helen Rabot (WIS) 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish:
Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,6,5)