Feb. 14, 2014
MADISON, Wis. --Wisconsin faced its toughest test of the season Friday hosting No. 63 Louisville, but couldn't keep pace, falling short, 5-2.
Sophomore Lauren Chypyha continued to be a bright spot for UW, knocking off the No. 89-ranked player Rebecca Shine, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
"Chyps should be beating the 89th-ranked player in my book," said head coach Tina Samara. "Shine hits big shots and you have to hit a lot of balls back. Once Chyps committed to the grinding at the end she was able to pull out the win."
Louisville started the match strong winning two of three doubles matches to claim the opening point. The Cardinals split up their No. 7 ranked doubles team of Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine, by still had enough to hand the Badgers their first loss doubles point setback of the year.
"The doubles again is something that we clearly need to get better at," Samara explained. "It was a slow start and doubles is all about intensity and a fast pace."
The duo of Nova Patel and Anastasia Tripolskaya held strong in today's doubles match against Elle Stokes and Rebecca Bodine, defeating them 8-2. Patel and Tripolskaya are now 4-0 in doubles.
"Those two (Patel and Tripolskaya) are the most willing to do what we are saying even though it is out of their comfort zone," said Samara. "Sometimes we are too focused on winning instead of doing the things that will help us win at a higher level for a longer period of time."
Becca Bailey and Chypyha fell, 8-2, to Shine and Manuela Velasquez. Sydney Rider and Lauren Burich lost to Olivia Boesing and Julia Fellerhoff, 8-1.
Only two singles matches did not go into a full third set. Patel defeated Elle Stokes, 6-2, 6-0 and Tripolskaya fell short, 6-3, 6-3, to Manuela Velasquez.
Bailey couldn't hold on to an early lead and was defeated by Olivia Boesing, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Rider fought back after dropping the first set, but was also ultimately defeated, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1, by Cassie Pough.
In a third-set tiebreaker, Burich lost a heart-breaker to Fellerhoff, 6-3, 2-6, 6-7 (3-7).
Up next, Wisconsin will travel to Des Moines, Iowa to take on Creighton at noon on Feb. 22 and Drake at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23.
Olivia Boesing/ Julia Fellerhoff (LOU) def. Sydney Rider / Lauren Burich (WIS) - 8-1
Rebecca Shine/ Manuela Velasquez (LOU) def. Lauren Chypyha / Becca Bailey (WIS) - 8-2
Nova Patel / Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Elle Stokes/Rebecca Bodine (LOU) - 8-2
Nova Patel (WIS) def. Elle Stokes (LOU) - 6-2, 6-0
Manuela Velasquez (LOU) def. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) - 6-3, 6-3
Cassie Pough (LOU) def. Sydney Rider (WIS) - 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
Olivia Boesing (LOU) def. Becca Bailey (WIS) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Rebecca Shine (LOU) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Julia Fellerhoff (LOU) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) - 6-3, 2-6, 6-7 (7-3)