No. 33 Penn State cruises past Wisconsin, 7-0


ON WISCONSIN <b>Hannah Berner nearly scored a big upset at No. 1 singles, coming up short in a supertiebreak.<b/>
ON WISCONSIN
Hannah Berner nearly scored a big upset at No. 1 singles, coming up short in a supertiebreak.
ON WISCONSIN

April 7, 2013

Final Stats

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin women’s tennis team came up short in its attempt to topple two ranked teams this weekend, falling, 7-0, to No. 33 Penn State (13-4, 3-4 B1G) on Sunday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.  

Though the Badgers (4-14, 2-5 B1G) only won a single set during the day’s competition, the match was much closer than the final score suggested, with Wisconsin just a couple breaks away from a much closer result.  

Penn State’s victories at the No. 1 and 2 doubles spots earned it the doubles point and an early 1-0 advantage.

First, No. 75 Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting bested Berner and Chypyha at No. 1 doubles, 8-4, and then Carmen Sandor and Deven McCluskey took down Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya at No. 2 by the same score to clinch the point. The Badgers were in both matches, only trailing PSU 5-4 in each match before the Nittany Lions won the final three games to clinch the win.  

With the doubles point already locked up, Lauren Burich and Helen Rabot had their comeback bid halted in the No. 3 match, with the pair trailing Marie Bedard and Jacqueline Zuhse, 7-5.

In singles play, Bedard quickly dispatched of Rabot in the No. 6 match, 6-3, 6-1, to give the Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead.

Zuhse’s 6-4, 6-3 win over Burich at No. 4 pushed the PSU edge to 3-0 before McCluskey put the match away by taking the No. 3 contest from Tripolskaya, 6-1, 7-5. Tripolskaya couldn’t overcome a slow start, and, despite a closely-contested second set, lost for the second-straight time at No. 3.

Sandor dropped Hoch at No. 5, 6-3, 6-2 to give the Nittany Lions a 5-0 lead.

Chypyha tried to get the Badgers on the board, but came up short, falling to Utting at No. 2, 6-4, 7-6(7) in a very tight second set.

The highlight for Wisconsin came in the No. 1 match, where Berner almost took down her second-straight ranked singles opponent. The senior gave No. 57 Januskova all she could handle before ultimately losing the match in a supertiebreaker, 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-7.

The Badgers hit the road next weekend, looking for their first road win of the season. Wisconsin battles Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., at 11 a.m. on Saturday before taking on Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

#33 Penn State 7, Wisconsin 0

Singles competition
1. #57 Petra Januskova (PSU) def. Hannah Berner (WIS) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 10-7
2. Chelsea Utting (PSU) def. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
3. Devan McCluskey (PSU) def. Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 6-1, 7-5
4. Jacqueline Zuhse (PSU) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Carmen Sandor (PSU) def. Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-3, 6-2
6. Marie Bedard (PSU) def. Helen Rabot (WIS) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #75 Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting (PSU) def. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 8-4
2. Carmen Sandor/Devan McCluskey (PSU) def. Katie Hoch/Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 8-4
3. Lauren Burich/Helen Rabot (WIS) vs. Marie Bedard/Jacqueline Zuhse (PSU) 5-7, unfinished

Match Notes
Penn State (13-4, 3-4 B1G); National ranking #33
Wisconsin (4-14, 2-5 B1G)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,4,3,5,2,1)

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