March 8, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Coming off three straight heart-breaking 4-3 defeats, Badgers regained that winning feeling Saturday at Nielsen. Wisconsin pulled out a 4-3 win over Illinois-Chicago to improve to 5-4 on the young season.
After difficult matches against No. 37 DePaul and border rival Minnesota, the Badgers knew UIC would be yet another challenge. The Flames have participated in each of the past 15 NCAA tournaments.
The Badgers figured out a winning combination for their doubles teams having switched the lineup for the second time in the last few weeks. Wisconsin was not only able to claim the doubles point but was also victorious in all three doubles matches.
“This was the best energy I’ve seen all year for doubles,” said head coach Tina Samara. “All six of them came out with great energy that we have lacked in the past. We were really happy with the doubles.”
Paired at No. 1 doubles for the first time was Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich, who teamed to defeat Maiana Palacios and Kathryn Sharples, 8-3.
Also for the first time, in No. 2 doubles was the combination of Becca Bailey and Sydney Rider. They were able to claim victory, 8-4, over Jana Knoppe and Natalia Kuvakina.
Back together after switching it up for the last two weeks was Anastasia Tripolskaya and Nova Patel. The duo claimed their fifth doubles win of the season, defeating Veronica Lacerda and Keti Mebuke, 8-1.
“Doubles has been an issue for us this season, but we corrected that today,” said Samara.
Wisconsin used its strength at the top of the lineup to seal the win as the Badgers claimed victory in No. 1, 2 and 3 singles.
In No. 1 singles, Chypyha was able to capture her ninth-straight win this spring after defeating Palacios, 6-1, 6-1.
Burich was able to win, 6-1, 6-3, in No. 2 singles against Sharples.
At No. 3 singles, Tripolskaya defeated Natalia Kuvakina, 6-4, 6-1.
“’Nasty’ took it in her hands to close out her opponent and finish the match,” said assistant coach Matt Manasse. “She stayed fighting out there to clinch it.”
Rider and Bailey both fell short, 6-3, 6-2, to Knoppe and Lacerda, respectively.
Patel defaulted her match due to injury after going 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 to Keti Mebuke
“The challenge for us now is to keep this energy and effort from today and bring it each and every match,” said Samara.
Up next, Wisconsin travels to San Jose, Calif. to take on San Jose State at 3 p.m. (C.T.) on March 18. UW is then back home at Nielsen on March 21 at 3 p.m. to take on Nebraska, before traveling to Iowa City, Iowa on March 23 to take the Hawkeye at noon.
Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Mariana Palacios (UIC) – 6-1, 6-1
Lauren Burich (WIS) def. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) – 6-1, 6-3
Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) – 6-4, 6-1
Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Sydney Rider (WIS) – 6-3, 6-2
Keti Mebuke (UIC) def. Nova Patel (WIS) – 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (default)
Veronica Lacerda (UIC) def. Becca Bailey (WIS) – 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: (1, 2, 4, 3, 6, 5)
Lauren Chypyha / Lauren Burich (WIS) def. Mariana Palacios/Kathryn Sharples (UIC) – 8-3
Becca Bailey / Sydney Rider (WIS) def. Jana Knoppe/Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) – 8-4
Anastasia Tripolskaya / Nova Patel (WIS) def. Veronica Lacerda/Keti Mebuke (UIC) – 8-1
Order of Finish: (3, 2, 1)