March 30, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's tennis team fell short, 5-2, to No. 46 Purdue on Sunday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers are now 7-6 for the season including a 2-3 mark for Big Ten Conference play.
“This Purdue team probably has a lot more experience with bigger competition and bigger team matches,” said head coach Samara. “We certainly should be getting a lot of confidence and getting better because we have been in a lot of these 4-3 situations.”
The Badgers were unable to capture today’s doubles point against the Boilermakers.
Anastasia Tripolskaya and Nova Patel were able to defeat Daniela Vidal and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum, 8-7, in a tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles.
In No. 3 doubles, Becca Bailey and Sydney Rider dropped an 8-4 match to Nicole Robinson and Claudia Escribens.
It all came down to No. 1 doubles where Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich fell short, 8-5, to the No. 70-ranked doubles team of Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt.
“With doubles we were right there and we just dropped it,” said Samara. “The good news was that it was on us to win or lose and it wasn’t that we were outplayed. We just couldn’t execute when we needed to.”
Chypyha continues to dominate in singles play, leading 6-1, 3-0 before Purdue's Daniela Vidal retired due to injury in claim No. 1 singles.
Today’s win marks Chypyha’s 13th-straight and fifth conference win. With the win today, Chypyha surpassed her number of conference wins from last year.
Patel was able to claim her fourth conference match today after defeating Robinson in No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-2.
“I think confidence is a big thing that we need to learn,” said Samara. “We need to learn that you can go out and dictate winning opposed to having your opponent dictate if you win or lose. We are still relying too much on what they do or don’t do instead of what we do.”
Tripolskaya dropped a 6-0, 6-4 match against Bernard-Feigenbaum in No. 3 singles while at No. 6 singles, Bailey fell to Escribens, 6-1, 6-1.
After playing a tiebreaker third set, Rider lost, 6-3, 7-6, 1-0, to Andjela Djokovic in No. 5 singles.
“If it had been a full third match who knows what would have happened,” said Samara. “I am happy about (Rider's) match because she has been having a tough time and at the end she really started playing the way we know she can play.”
At No. 2 singles, Burich was defeated by Mara Schmidt, 6-4, 6-2.
“At the end of the day it is about the Big Ten Tournament,” said Samara. “Now when we go in and meet Iowa or Purdue we know what we are up against and we know what we have to do.”
Up next, the Badgers head first to State College, Penn., to take on Penn State at 4 p.m. (CT) on April 4 and then travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State at 11 a.m. on April 6.
1. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Daniela Vidal (PUR) – 6-1, 3-0, rtd.
2. Mara Schmidt (PUR) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) - 6-4, 6-2
3. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum (PUR) def. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) - 6-0, 6-4
4. Nova Patel (WIS) def. Nicole Robinson (PUR) – 6-2, 6-2
5. Andjela Djokovic (PUR) def. Sydney Rider (WIS) – 6-3, 6-7, 1-0
6. Claudia Escribens (PUR) def. Becca Bailey (WIS) – 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: (1, 6, 3, 4, 2, 5)
1. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt (PUR) def. Lauren Chypyha / Lauren Burich (WIS) – 8-5
2. Nova Patel / Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Daniela Vidal/Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum (PUR) – 8-7
3. Nicole Robinson/Claudia Escribens (PUR) def. Becca Bailey / Sydney Rider (WIS) – 8-4
Order of Finish: (3, 2, 1)