March 3, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin women's tennis team found out firsthand why the Texas Tech holds a top-20 national ranking, falling to the Red Raiders, 6-1, on Sunday in Lubbock, Texas.
"Texas Tech is a very good team," said Wisconsin head coach Brian Fleishman. "We competed and tried to find ways to beat them, but in the end they were just better today."
Texas Tech grabbed an early lead in the match by sweeping the doubles matchups. The No. 3 doubles match went final first, with Helen Rabot and Lauren Burich on the wrong end of an 8-2 result against Elizabeth Ullathorne and Caroline Starck. The Badgers fell deeper into the hole after the No. 1 match, where No. 47 Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo took down Berner and Lauren Chypyha, 8-5, to clinch the doubles point for the Red Raiders. Doubles competition concluded with the No. 2 match, as Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya fell short against Rashmi Teltumbde and Nikki Sanders, 8-5.
The Badgers' deficit became 2-0 after Hoch dropped the No. 3 singles match to Ullathorne, 6-1, 6-0, and Rabot's 6-2, 6-3 loss at No. 6 to Starck put Wisconsin on the brink. After No. 155 Adams topped Chypyha, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2, the match was locked up for Texas Tech.
UW's deficit ballooned to 6-0 after the No. 4 and 5 matches both went to the Red Raiders. At No. 5, Sanders tripped up Tripolskaya, 6-2, 6-2, and Sandra Dynka bested Burich at No. 4, 6-4, 6-4.
Berner scored a big moral victory for Wisconsin, when her second-straight singles win over a ranked opponent got the Badgers on the board and denied Texas Tech the sweep. The senior upended No. 86 Kilgo, 7-6(6), 6-2 at No.1 singles to close the day's action.
"Hannah is playing some inspired tennis right now. She played a brilliant match against Kilgo," Fleishman said. "She executed her game plan and did what she needed to do to win."
The Badgers get a much-needed break, as their next match won't be until March 16, when UW returns to Madison for a 1 p.m. match against UIC at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
"We have 12 days until our next competition," Fleishman said. "We will get back to work on the fundamentals--footwork, error management and constructing points."
No. 19 Texas Tech 6, Wisconsin 1
1. Hannah Berner (WIS) def. No. 86 Kenna Kilgo (TTU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
2. No. 115 Samantha Adams (TTU) def. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 6-4, 6-1
3. Elizabeth Ullathorne (TTU) def. Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-1, 6-0
4. Sandra Dynka (TTU) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 6-4, 6-4
5. Nikki Sanders (TTU) def. Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 6-2, 6-2
6. Caroline Starck (TTU) def. Helen Rabot (WIS) 6-2, 6-3
1. No. 47 Samantha Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TTU) def. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 8-3
2. Rashmi Teltumbde/Nikki Sanders (TTU) def. Katie Hoch/Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 8-5
3. Elizabeth Ullathorne/Caroline Starck (TTU) def. Lauren Burich/Helen Rabot (WIS) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,2,5,4,1)