March 17, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Thanks to a 7-0 victory Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, the No. 75 Wisconsin women’s tennis team remains unbeaten in its 10 meetings with UW-Whitewater.
The Badgers swept the Warhawks in both singles and doubles, improving to 9-4 on the season, while UW-Whitewater drops to 11-2.
“The girls played really well,” Wisconsin head coach Brian Fleishman said. “I’m proud of how they played today and how they kept it together and were able to take care of their business on the court.”
UW got off to an early lead after claiming the doubles point with victories on all three courts.
Junior Hannah Berner and senior Alaina Trgovich recorded their 10th win of the season with an 8-4 victory over Kalla Schaefer and Alexandra Bayliss at court one.
Pairing up at the No. 2 spot, seniors Angela Chupa and Aleksandra Markovic claimed an 8-3 victory over Sydney Divelbiss and Annie Smith, while the No. 3 doubles pair of Caroline Bauer and Lauren Gruber shutout Megan Kasten and Jackie Vitale, 8-0.
After sweeping the Warhawks in doubles, Wisconsin carried the momentum into singles play, recording straight-set victories on all six courts.
Freshman Sarah Loebel got the Badgers going with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Divelbiss on court two.
Berner also dropped just one game in her matchup with Annie Smith at No. 3, defeating the Warhawk, 6-0, 6-1.
Chupa clinched UW’s victory with a dominating performance at court three. The Wisconsin senior shut Lauren Aguilar out, 6-0, 6-0.
“I was just taking it one point at a time, and it gave me a chance to work on some things,” Chupa said. “It was just in general a good day.”
Freshman Nova Patel added another singles victory for Wisconsin with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Bayliss.
Markovic registered Wisconsin’s fifth singles victory of the day, topping Kasten, 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot.
Trgovich completed the Wisconsin sweep with a victory in her season debut at the No. 1 singles spot. Despite trailing 4-3 in the first set, Trgovich rallied to take the set, 6-4, before finishing off Schaefer, 6-2 in the second.
Next weekend the team travels to Michigan in search of its first conference win of the season. The Badgers take the court against the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Mar. 24 at 10 a.m., before meeting up with Michigan State at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 25 in East Lansing, Mich.
No. 75 Wisconsin 7, UW-Whitewater 0
1.) Alaina Trgovich / Hannah Berner (UW) def. Kalla Schaefer / Alexandra Bayliss (Whitewater), 8-4
2.) Angela Chupa / Aleksandra Markovic (UW) def. Sydney Divelbiss / Annie Smith (Whitewater), 8-3
3.) Caroline Bauer / Lauren Gruber (UW) def. Megan Kasten / Jackie Vitale (Whitewater), 8-0
Order of finish:
2, 3, 1
1.) Alaina Trgovich (UW) def. Kalla Schaefer (Whitewater), 6-4, 6-2
2.) Sarah Loebel (UW) def. Sydney Divelbiss (Whitewater), 6-1, 6-0
3.) Hannah Berner (UW) def. Annie Smith (Whitewater), 6-0, 6-1
4.) Nova Patel (UW) def. Alexandra Bayliss (Whitewater), 6-0, 6-2
5.) Aleksandra Markovic (UW) def. Megan Kasten (Whitewater), 6-1, 6-2
6.) Angela Chupa (UW) def. Lauren Aguilar (Whitewater), 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish:
2, 3, 6, 4, 5, 1