April 13, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The last time Wisconsin sophomore Anastasia Tripolskaya faced a ranked opponent she dropped a 6-1, 6-0 match to Ohio State’s Sandy Niehaus last weekend. Exactly one week later vs. Michigan, Tripolskaya showed what she had learned, rallying back from a first set loss to knock off 20th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky, 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
As a team however, that was the lone bright spot for the Badgers as they fell to No. 14 Michigan 6-1. The loss dropped the Badgers to 7-10 on the season with a 2-7 mark in the Big Ten Conference.
For Tripolskaya, Sunday marked the second consecutive match that she posted the Badgers only singles win. The Moscow native claimed a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 win over Michigan State’s Catherine Parenteau on Friday.
“When you look at Nasty’s results you know that she is really mentally tough,” said head coach Tina Samara. “She has lost a lot of first sets and then has come back to win it in the third set.”
This marks Tripolskaya’s first ranked win and sixth conference win. Together, Tripolskaya and Nova Patel lead the team with six conference wins each.
“Players come in and out of the ranking every week, but (Michigan’s) Yurovksy was consistently performing at a high level,” said Samara.
The Wolverines started off by claiming the doubles point in today’s match.
Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich fell short, 8-2, to No. 15th-ranked doubles team of Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas in No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Tripolskaya and Nova Patel also fell to the No. 79th-ranked doubles team of Sarah Lee and Amy Zhu, 8-1.
The No. 3 doubles match went unfinished with the Wolverines’ Ronit Yurovsky and Annie Wierda leading the Badgers Becca Bailey and Sydney Rider, 6-2.
“As much as the scores don’t look good, there were opportunities out there and we just couldn’t convert on them,” Samara added.
“One thing I have to remind myself is that we are a pretty banged up team. We have players that are dealing with injuries and illness and I think they have done a pretty good job.”
Chypyha fell short, 6-2, 6-2, to No. 12th-ranked Emina Bektas in No. 1 singles.
In No. 6 singles, Bailey was defeated by Kristen Dodge, 6-0, 6-1.
Michigan then clinched the victory when Rider fell, 6-1, 6-1, to Amy Zhu who earned the Wolverines their fourth point.
At No. 4 singles, Patel was defeated by Brooke Bolender, 6-0, 6-1.
Shortly after, Burich fell to No. 121st-ranked Sarah Lee, 6-2, 6-4, in No. 3 singles.
“At the end of the day, it exposed the things that we need to improve on,” said Samara. “Fitness and strength are two things that we need to work on.”
Up next, the Badgers will close out the regular season with a two-match homestand at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsin takes on Northwestern at 11 a.m. (CT) on April 19 and then faces Illinois at 11 a.m. on April 20.
1. Emina Bektas (UM) def. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) – 6-2, 6-2
2. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Ronit Yurovsky (UM) – 0-6, 7-5, 1-0
3. Sarah Lee (UM) vs. Lauren Burich (WIS) – 6-2, 6-4
4. Brooke Bolender (UM) def. Nova Patel (WIS) – 6-0, 6-1
5. Amy Zhu (UM) def. Sydney Rider (WIS) – 6-1, 6-1
6. Kristen Dodge (UM) def. Becca Bailey (WIS) – 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: (6, 1, 5, 4, 3, 2)
1. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (UM) def. Lauren Chypyha / Lauren Burich (WIS) – 8-2
2. Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (UM) def. Anastasia Tripolskaya / Nova Patel (WIS) – 8-1
3. Ronit Yurovsky/Annie Wierda (UM) vs. Sydney Rider / Becca Bailey (WIS) – Unfinished
Order of Finish: (1, 2)