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Badgers have rough weekend on the road


April 6, 2014

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s tennis was unable to capture the win against No. 53-ranked Ohio State, Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Badgers fell short, 6-1, to the Buckeyes. 

UW’s record is now 7-8 including a 2-5 mark in the Big Ten Conference.

“At the end of the day, we came up short 1-6,” said head coach Tina Samara. “Right now, they are a better team than us.”

Wisconsin was unable to capture the doubles point in today’s match against the Buckeyes. 

In No. 1 doubles, Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich were able to claim victory over the No. 69-ranked doubles team of Grainne O’Niell and Noelle Malley, 8-4.

Becca Bailey and Sydney Rider fell short, 8-1, to the No. 79-ranked doubles team of Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz in No. 3 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, Anastasia Tripolskaya and Nova Patel also fell to Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus, 8-2.

“The problem with doubles is that we can’t seem to connect all the pieces together at the right time,” said Samara. “We seem to have one pair win and fall short with the other two and then next time, a different team wins but we still fall short.”

Patel was able to pull out the only Badger win, taking the No. 4 singles over Angeles Paz in three sets. Patel won 6-2, 4-6, 10-4. 

“Nova won at No. 4 and I am happy she won,” said Samara. “She came out a different person in singles than in doubles. She needs to learn to come out in doubles with the same kind of intensity and desire that she has for singles.”

It was a rough weekend for Chypyha as she lost her second straight singles match, her only loses this spring. The Buckeyes’ Gabriella De Santis won 7-5, 7-6, (7-5) in No. 1 singles.

“Chyps definitely had a battle,” said Samara. “The good news is that she is back to playing at a level she is capable of. The bad news was that only a couple points was the difference in that match.”

In No. 2 singles, Burich fell to Kowase, 6-2, 6-0.

Tripolskaya dropped a 6-0, 6-1 match against Niehaus in No. 3 singles.

“(The Buckeyes) were smart and they didn’t give us a lot of free points or chances to make big plays,” said Samara.

Rider fell short, 6-2, 6-1, to O’Niell in No. 5 singles and at No. 6 singles, Bailey was defeated by Nicole Flower, 6-4, 6-1.

Up next, the Badgers continue to travel, heading to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Michigan State at 11 a.m. (CT) on April 12 before traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan at noon on April 13. 


1. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 6-2, 6-0
3. Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) 6-0, 6-1
4. Nova Patel (WIS) def. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) 6-2, 4-6, 10-4
5. Grainne O'Neill (OSU) def. Sydney Rider (WIS) 6-2, 6-1
6. Nicole Flower (OSU) def. Becca Bailey (WIS) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: (2, 3, 5, 6, 4, 1) 

1. Lauren Chypyha / Lauren Burich (WIS) def. #69 Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley (OSU) 8-4
2. Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Anastasia Tripolskaya / Nova Patel (WIS) 8-2
3. #79 Miho Kowase/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Sydney Rider / Becca Bailey (WIS) 8-1
Order of Finish: (3, 2, 1)

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