March 16, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin women's tennis team snapped two streaks with one match Saturday, getting its first win since Feb. 2 and halting UIC's seven-match winning streak with a 6-1 win over the Flames (7-2) at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
"The team played focused tennis today," said head coach Brian Fleishman. "We used the doubles point as momentum going into singles."
Wisconsin (2-10) got the match started the right way, winning the doubles point for just the third time this season by sweeping the three matches. Lauren Chypyha and Hannah Berner staked the Badgers an early 1-0 lead when they toppled Haley Craig and Mariana Palacios, 8-6.
The Badgers never trailed in the match, but still had to break a sweat to put away Craig and Palacios. With both sides struggling to hold serve, UW jumped out to 4-2 and 6-4 leads, only to see the Flames rally to tie the score each time. After getting broken to tie the score at 6-6, the Badgers dug in and won the final two games to reach the final margin.
UW got a more unlikely victory at No. 3 doubles, where Lauren Burich and Helen Rabot fought back from a 3-0 deficit to take the match from Natalia Kuvakina and Ann-Sophie Hahn, 8-6. The Badgers didn't tie the match until the 12th game, when they broke the Flames to knot the score at 6-6. Burich then gave Wisconsin the lead with her serve, and UW finally put away UIC in its fourth match point.
The victory clinched the doubles point for UW, but Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya ensured that the Badgers got their second doubles sweep of the season with an 8-2 win over Jana Knoppe and Kathryn Sharples at No. 2 doubles. The duo dropped the first game of the match, but bounced back to win five-straight games to take control of the matchup.
The Badgers showed no signs of slowing down once singles started, winning the first two matches of the day to take a daunting 3-0 lead. Chypyha breezed past Kuvakina at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-2, to stretch the Badgers' lead to 2-0, fueled by a strong serving effort. Tripolskaya followed suit at the No. 5 slot, powering past Knoppe in two sets by the same score.
UIC got on the board with Palacios' win over Hoch at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-3. But the Badgers answered right back, behind Berner's three-set win over Craig at No. 1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The victory was Berner's third-straight in singles.
Already clinching the match with a 4-1 edge, Wisconsin claimed the last two matches of the day to put the final score at 6-1. Burich prevailed over Sharples in the No. 4 match, 6-4, 6-4, and Rabot capped the day with a hard-fought, three-set win over Mebuke, 6-3, 6-7(1), 10-8.
"Berner and Chypyha continue to play quality singles and doubles," Fleishman said. "This win over a quality opponent will give us confidence going into conference play. I am proud of this team."
The Badgers dive into their Big Ten schedule starting next weekend, when they square off against Michigan at 11 a.m. on Saturday before battling Michigan State at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Both matches will take place at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Wisconsin, 6, UIC 1
|1. Hannah Berner (WIS) def. Haley Craig (UIC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
|2. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) 6-1, 6-2
|3. Mariana Palacios (UIC) def. Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-3, 6-3
|4. Lauren Burich (WIS) def. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) 6-4, 6-4
|5. Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) def. Jana Knoppe (UIC) 6-1, 6-2
|6. Helen Rabot (WIS) def. Keti Mebuke (UIC) 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 10-8
|1. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Haley Craig/Mariana Palacios (UIC) 8-6
|2. Katie Hoch/Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) def. Jana Knoppe/Kathryn Sharples (UIC) 8-2
|3. Helen Rabot/Lauren Burich (WIS) def. Natalia Kuvakina/Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) 8-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,5,3,1,4,6)