March 1, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin faced their toughest challenge yet in Saturday’s match against 37th-ranked DePaul, and was nearly up to the task. Playing short-handed with just five healthy players, the Badgers would win three of the five singles duels but had to forfeit two matches and came up short, 4-3, to the Blue Demons.
“This is the second match in a row that we absolutely should have, not could have, won,” said head coach Tina Samara. “To think we are playing a team who is ranked 37th in the nation with only five players and we are down a point and a half before we even start playing is pretty frustrating,”
Wisconsin played short on Saturday because walk-on senior Becca Bailey was absent while attending her brother’s wedding. That meant the Badgers were forced to forfeit the third doubles match and the No. 6 singles match.
The doubles forfeit was particularly damaging since the Badgers claimed a win at No. 2 doubles when the team of Lauren Chypyha and Anastasia Tripolskaya defeated the No. 59th-ranked doubles team of Jasmin Kling and Kelsey Lawson, 8-3.
“I’m very happy for (Chypyha and Tripolskaya) and I don’t want to take anything away from them but winning the way they did, against a team that is highly-ranked, should show them that they could be ranked and that they should be in the top fifty,” Samara added.
In No. 1 doubles, DePaul got the one win they needed to secure the doubles point as Lauren Burich and Nova Patel fell short, 8-3, to Patricia Fargas and Ana Vladutu.
At No. 1 singles, Chypyha defeated Patricia Fargas, 6-2, 6-3. This marks Chypyha’s seventh win against zero losses for the spring.
“Chyps corrected the problems she had last week,” said Samara. “All you can ask is for them to go out there and to not make that same mistake. She did exactly that and was successful.”
Tripolskaya dominated over Jasmin Kling, 6-0, 6-1. Patel also claimed victory over Zaina Sufi, 6-2, 6-3.
Burich fell short, 6-2, 6-4, to the 94th-ranked singles player, Ana Vladutu. Sydney Rider was defeated by Kelsey Lawson, 6-1, 6-0. Those two UW losses combined with the forfeit at No. 6 was enough to push the Blue Demons to the 4-3 win.
The Badgers open up Big Ten play Sunday when they host Minnesota. Doubles action is scheduled to start at Noon (CT) at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
“The team better show up with intensity tomorrow,” said Samara. “Clearly, if we can play this tight with this team on paper, then we should be able to start Big Ten play off on the right foot tomorrow.”
1. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Patricia Fargas (DPU) – 6-2, 6-3
2. Ana Vladutu (DPU) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) – 6-2, 6-4
3. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Jasmin Kling (DPU) – 6-0, 6-1
4. Kelsey Lawson (DPU) def. Sydney Rider (WIS) – 6-1, 6-0
5. Nova Patel (WIS) def. Zaina Sufi (DPU) – 6-2, 6-3
6. DPU won by forfiet
Order of Finish: (4, 3, 5, 2, 1, 6)
1. Patricia Fargas / Ana Vladutu (DPU) def. Lauren Burich / Nova Patel (WIS) – 8-3
2. Lauren Chypyha / Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def, Jasmin Kling / Kelsey Lawson (DPU) – 8-3
3. DPU won by forfeit
Order of Finish: (1, 2, 3)