March 2, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Not even a trip to Texas could turn around the Wisconsin women's tennis team's recent tough luck, as the Badgers (1-9) found themselves on the wrong end of another disheartening 4-3 loss, falling to SMU (6-4) on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.
"The wins aren't there yet, but the team is getting better," said Wisconsin head coach Brian Fleishman
. "The freshmen are learning from match to match, and (Hannah) Berner and (Lauren) Chypyha did a great job out there today in both singles and doubles."
The Badgers got the match started on the right foot, taking the doubles point from the Mustangs by a 2-1 score. Today's win continued a marked improvement in UW's doubles. After losing the doubles point in each of the season's first six matches, Wisconsin has now earned the doubles point in two of its last four outings.
Wisconsin was staked an early 1-0 advantage in doubles when Lauren Burich and Helen Rabot took the No. 3 match by default over Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Elena Fayner. SMU got on the board at No. 2, where Edyta Cieplucha and Yana Erkeeva topped Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya, 8-3. Reunited at No. 1 doubles, Hannah Berner and Lauren Chypyha secured the doubles point for the Badgers with an 8-3 defeat of Hristina Dishkova and Holly Verner.
The Badgers were again unable to hold onto their early lead once singles action got underway despite powerhouse performances by Berner and Chypyha. Berner earned her first win of the season over a ranked opponent when she took down No. 94 Cieplucha at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 7-6. Chypyha matched her senior teammate with a win of her own at No. 2, upending Bulgakova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
"Berner and Bhypyha were warriors out there," Fleishman said. "Both of them gave us a chance to win the team match."
But SMU answered back by sweeping the No. 3-6 matches to take the 4-3 win. At No. 3, Dishkova bested Burich, 6-1, 6-3, and at No. 4 Fayner breezed by Hoch, 6-0, 6-1. The Mustangs scored another two-set victory at No. 5, where Erkeeva beat Tripolskaya, 6-2, 6-3. The Badgers looked to have an opportunity for a fourth win at the No. 6 spot, but Rabot couldn't protect an early lead, falling 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to Verner.
While the loss is the sixth-straight for UW, the Badgers have been much more competitive over the past four matches. After taking seven points total in their first six games of the season, the Badgers have topped that mark in the last four matches, claiming nine combined points.
UW looks to translate its improved performance into wins when it squares off against No. 19 Texas Tech on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Lubbock.
SMU 4, Wisconsin 3
1. Hannah Berner (WIS) def. #94 Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) 6-1, 7-6
2. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 6-1, 6-3
4. Elena Fayner (SMU) def. Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-0, 6-1
5. Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 6-2, 6-3
6. Holly Verner (SMU) def. Helen Rabot (WIS) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
1. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Hristina Dishkova/Holly Verner (SMU) 8-3
2. Edyta Cieplucha/Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Katie Hoch/Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 8-3
3. Lauren Burich/Helen Rabot (WIS) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova/Elena Fayner (SMU), by default