March 2, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s tennis team’s short-handed woes continued Sunday afternoon against the Golden Gophers. In their first Big Ten Conference match of the season, the Badgers fell short, 4-3, to Minnesota at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.
The Border Battle lived up to its name with a number of disputes that occurred throughout the match.
“It was a very strange match in that way with all the disputes,” UW head coach Tina Samara said. “It was another tough one for us, the third one in a row where I feel like we could have won.”
On court two at No. 2 doubles, multiple small disputes broke out.
After many debates, Lauren Chypyha and Anasatasia Tripolskaya fell short, 8-6, to Minnesota’s Julia Courter and Natallia Pintusava.
At No. 1 doubles on court one, a 20-minute dispute occurred as to whether the ball was wide.
With two judges and the rulebook, the ball was officially called in, in Wisconsin’s favor, resulting in a Badgers lead of 4-3.
When court two finished its game, Minnesota head coach Chuck Merzbacher, called on a Big Ten rule to stop play on court one despite the fact that Samara wanted to finish. Play stopped on court one with Lauren Burich and Nova Patel leading Tereza Brichacova and Jessika Mozia, 5-4.
Disputes continued during Tripolskaya’s singles match against Courter.
The judge called Courter for multiple foot faults in the match and Tripolskaya earned the win, 6-0, 7-5, despite Courter disputing the last call, claiming that the ball hit the net.
Chypyha was able to capture her eighth win this spring when she defeated Tereza Brichacova, 6-2, 6-4.
Patel got down to business in her match against Aria Lambert, when she defeated her 6-1, 6-0.
The match came down to Sydney Rider and Burich’s singles matches when they went into a third set. Both were unable to capture the win. Rider fell short, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, to Jessika Mozia. Burich then fell to Natallia Pintusava, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“This one hurt,” Samara said. “Losing to Drake we didn’t enjoy, but this one is the toughest by far. A lot of the times when you lose you learn more from the loss than a win.”
The Badgers continue action next week, hosting UIC Nielsen at noon (C.T.) on March 8.
1. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def, Tereza Brichacova (MINN) – 6-2, 6-4
2. Natallia Pintusava (MINN) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) – 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Julia Courter (MINN) – 6-0, 7-5
4. Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Sydney Rider (WIS) – 3-6, 7-6, 6-2
5. Nova Patel (WIS) def. Aria Lambert (MINN) – 6-1, 6-0
6. MINN won by forfeit
Order of Finish: (5, 1, 3, 4, 2, 6)
1. Lauren Burich / Nova Patel (WIS) vs. Tereza Brichacova/Jessika Mozia (MINN) – Unfinished
2. Julia Courter/Natallia Pintusava (MINN) def. Lauren Chypyha / Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) – 8-6
3. MINN won by forfeit
Order of Finish: (2, 1, 3)