Feb. 2, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin women’s tennis team (1-3) snared its first win of the season in style on Saturday, knocking Boston University (3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten with an exciting comeback win in Hanover, N.H.
“This is going to give us some momentum going into the season,” said Wisconsin assistant coach Mira Radu. “A win like this, in such an emotional fashion, is going to give us confidence and excitement going forward.”
The beginning of the match was a familiar story for the Badgers, who dropped the doubles point for the fourth time this season. However, the usual script quickly took an unexpected turn, as the Badgers fought back with several strong performances on the singles side.
UW kicked off the match with a win in the No.1 doubles matchup, where Hannah Berner and Lauren Chypyha combined to overpower BU’s pairing of Kim McCallum and Lauren Davis, 8-1. The Terriers bounced back in the No. 2 doubles match, where Vivien Laszloffy and Sami Lieb topped Helen Rabot and Pernilla Wohlstrom, 8-2, to tie the doubles score at a match apiece. The rubber match went to BU, who took the doubles point when Jessica Linero and Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis survived a lengthy battle with UW’s Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya to win, 8-6.
The Badgers wasted no time evening the score, as Chypyha blew past Lieb in No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1. The back-and-forth match continued, as BU regained the lead, 2-1, after McCallum defeated Burich in No. 5 singles, 7-5, 6-2.
The Terriers lead would not hold for long, as Tripolskaya tied things up again for the Badgers after Linero retired in the No. 4 singles match with the score tied, 4-6, 6-3.
BU responded in the No. 6 singles match behind Laszloffy’s 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Rabot, putting the Badgers on the brink of defeat with a 3-2 deficit.
Hoch was up to the challenge for UW, as she battled back after dropping the first set to Athanasiadis in the No. 3 singles match. The freshman responded by winning the next two sets comfortably, bringing the Badgers even and setting the stage for a deciding match with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
“Katie’s serve wasn’t there for her today, and for her to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the third set was huge for us,” Radu said. “We’re so proud of her, and the whole team.”
With the score tied at 3-3, the Badgers’ hopes rested with senior captain Berner in the No.1 singles match. She didn’t disappoint, turning in a gutsy performance to win the match and the day for UW. After racing out to a 6-3 win in the first set, Berner couldn’t finish off Davis in the second set, falling in a tiebreaker, 6-7(3). Berner bounced back to claim the third set by the same score, winning 7-6(3) to give the Badgers the thrilling win.
“It was fitting for Hannah to be the one who finished this win off for us,” Radu said. “This is one of the wins that she’s going to remember for a long time. For her to keep her composure and to execute is something that makes us really happy.”
Wisconsin will look to build momentum when it returns to the court for a highly-anticipated match against Utah at 2 .m. on Feb. 8. The match will be the Badgers’ home opener, and will take place at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
No. 75 Wisconsin, 4, Boston University, 3
1. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Kim McCallum/Lauren Davis (BU) 8-1
2. Vivien Laszloffy/Sami Lieb (BU) def. Helen Rabot/Pernilla Wohlstrom (WIS) 8-2
3. Jessica Linero/Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (BU) def. Anastasia Tripolskaya/Katie Hoch, 8-6
1. Hannah Berner (WIS) def. Lauren Davis (BU) 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(3)
2. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Sami Lieb (BU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Katie Hoch (WIS) def. Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (BU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Jessica Linero (BU) 4-6, 6-3, ret.
5. Kim McCallum (BU) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 7-5, 6-2
6. Vivien Laszloffy (BU) def. Pernilla Wohlstrom (WIS) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3