March 23, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Despite a scrappy team effort, the Wisconsin women’s tennis team was no match for a loaded No. 9 Michigan squad, falling 6-1 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Saturday.
“Michigan is the best team in the Big Ten according to the rankings,” said head coach Brian Fleishman. “They’re very solid all the way through the lineup, and you don’t get any easy matches when you face them.”
Michigan (10-3, 2-0 BIG) came into the match as the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the country, and quickly showed why. The Wolverines boasted three nationally ranked singles players, as well as a pair of ranked doubles duos.
Despite that, the Badgers (2-11, 0-2 BIG) were right in the mix for the doubles point, before ultimately being edged out by a 2-1 margin. Wisconsin’s No. 1 pairing of Hannah Berner and Lauren Chypyha were game in an 8-1 defeat at the hands of second-ranked Brooke Bolender and Emily Bektas.
The No. 49 pairing of Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky claimed the doubles point for Michigan, pulling away from Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya in the No. 2 match, 8-5, after the duo had tied it up at 5-5.
UW avoided the doubles sweep when Lauren Burich and Helen Rabot downed Mimi Nguyen and Amy Zhu, 8-5, in the No. 3 match. After jumping out to a 5-1 lead, Michigan responded to cut the deficit to 5-4, but the Badgers would win the next two games en route to the win.
“I thought we competed extremely well in doubles today, and the doubles point really could’ve gone either way,” Fleishman said. “In singles, we went out and fought hard at every spot.”
Already holding a 1-0 lead, Michigan pushed its advantage to 2-0 after No. 80 Lee quickly dispatched of Hoch in the No. 4 match, 6-1, 6-2. No. 20 Bektas snapped Berner’s three-match singles winning-streak with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 1.
Bolender clinched the match for the Wolverines with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Burich at No. 3 singles, and Kristen Dodge pushed Michigan’s lead to 5-0 with her 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Rabot at the No. 6 spot.
Wisconsin’s two best performances of the day came in the final pair of matches. First, Tripolskaya scored UW’s only singles win of the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Zhu at No. 5.
That left the No. 2 match as the final match of the afternoon, where Chypyha squared off against No. 33 Yurovsky. The freshman took the first set with a gritty effort in the tiebreak, 7-6(4). She then raced off to a 4-1 lead in the second set, before Yurovsky responded with by winning five-straight games to take the second set, 6-4. That sent the match to a ten-point tiebreak, where Yurovsky pulled it out, 10-7.
“Tripolskaya did a really good job in beating a very good opponent, and I couldn’t have asked anything more of Chypyha at No. 2,” Fleishman said. “They’re two good freshmen that are only going to get better, and we’re very proud of them.”
The Badgers take on their second Big Ten opponent of the weekend when they battle Michigan State at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
No. 9 Michigan, 6, Wisconsin, 1
|1. #20 Emily Bektas (MICH) def. Hannah Berner (WIS) 6-2, 6-4
|2. #33 Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) def. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 10-7
|3. Brooke Bolender (MICH) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 6-1, 6-3
|4. #80 Sarah Lee (MICH) def. Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-1, 6-2
|5. Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) def. Amy Zhu (MICH) 7-5, 6-3
|6. Kristen Dodge (MICH) def. Helen Rabot (WIS) 6-4, 6-2
|1. #2 Brooke Bolender/Emily Bektas (MICH) def. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 8-1
|2. #49 Sarah Lee/Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) def. Katie Hoch/Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 8-5
|3. Lauren Burich/Helen Rabot (WIS) def. Mimi Nguyen/Amy Zhu (MICH) 8-5