April 4, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's tennis team was bested by Penn State on the road Friday night, 4-3. The Badgers are now 7-7 for the season including a 2-4 mark in the Big Ten Conference.
"This one was rough for us," said head coach Tina Samara. "We have had a lot of 4-3 losses but it is good to see that we are in it. Hopefully we can turn it around and win."
The Nittany Lions jumped to a quick lead after gaining the doubles point against the Badgers.
In No. 3 doubles, Wisconsin's Becca Bailey and Sydney Rider defeated Taylor Shukow and Lisa Petruzillo, 8-2.
The Badgers Lauren Burich and Lauren Chypyha then fell short, 8-4, to Dasha Sapogova and Katia Blik in No. 1 doubles.
The doubles point came down to the No. 2 doubles where UW's Anastasia Tripolskaya and Nova Patel fell to Carmen Sandor and Katherine Whiteaway, 8-4.
"Doubles are the difference in a 4-3 match," said Samara. "Unfortunately, we have been stuck in a pattern for doubles. We just have to figure out how to change our mentality about it."
In singles, Bailey dominated, 6-0, 6-0, against Petruzillo at No. 6.
"Becca went out 6-0, 6-0 which is awesome," said Samara. "We keep telling the girls if you can win 6-0, 6-0 then you should and Becca proved that today."
In comeback fashion, Tripolskaya dropped the first set, 3-6, to Sandor before coming back, 6-1, 7-5, to win in No. 3 singles.
Patel was able to claim the first set, 6-4, before dropping her second set, 6-2, to Shukow in No. 4 singles. Patel went on to win the third set, 6-1.
The dual match then came down to Rider's No. 5 singles match against Whiteaway. Rider dropped the first set, 7-5, but was able to claim the second set, 6-1 before falling, 6-4, in the third set.
Chypyha dropped her first match of the spring season. She fell, 6-4, 7-5, to Sapogova in No. 1 singles. Chypyha now holds a record of 13-1 this spring including a 5-1 mark in Big Ten play.
Burich fell short to Blik in No. 2 singles, 7-5, 7-5.
"Everyone had that fire to get to the intensity that they needed to in singles," said Samara. "We can't fault anyone for a lack of effort."
The Badgers continue to travel this weekend, moving on to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday.
1. Dasha Sapogova (PENN) def. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) - 6-4, 7-5
2. Katia Blik (PENN) def. Lauren Birch (WIS) - 7-5, 7-5
3. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Carmen Sandor (PENN) - 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
4. Nova Patel (WIS) def. Taylor Shukow (PENN) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
5. Katherine Whiteaway (PENN) def. Sydney Rider (WIS) - 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
6. Becca Bailey (WIS) def. Lisa Petruzillo (PENN) - 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: (6, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
1. Dasha Sapogova/Katia Blik (PENN) def. Lauren Burich / Lauren Chypyha (WIS) - 8-4
2. Carmen Sandor/Katherine Whiteaway (PENN) def. Anastasia Tripolskaya / Nova Patel (WIS) - 8-4
3. Becca Bailey / Sydney Rider (WIS) def. Taylor Shukow/Lisa Petruzillo (PENN) - 8-2
Order of Finish: (3, 1, 2)