April 19, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Senior Day may have been all about Hannah Berner, but the lone Wisconsin senior --and team captain -- got plenty of help from her freshman teammates in securing a wild, come-from-behind, 4-3, win over Iowa on Friday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
“We played some unbelievable tennis when we needed to today,” said head coach Brian Fleishman. “I’m so proud of the girls, and it was quite a Senior Day.”
The win nudged the Badgers (5-16, 3-7 B1G) ahead of the Hawkeyes (9-12, 2-8 B1G) in the Big Ten standings, while giving Berner a win in her final match at Nielsen. UW was the first unranked team to topple the Hawkeyes this season, as Iowa came into the match with an 8-0 record against unranked squads.
It looked like the Badgers might be win number nine for the Hawkeyes, after Iowa claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and 2. Shelby Talcott and Caitlin Hindmarsh dealt Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya an 8-2 loss in the opening match, winning a match that was much closer than the final score suggested.
The Hawkeyes locked up the doubles point when No. 46 Morven McCulloch and Ruth Seaborne held off Berner and Lauren Chypyha in the No. 1 match. Despite losing the opening game of the match, Iowa rebounded to maintain a one-game advantage through the seventh game, where it led 4-3. But the Badgers weren’t going to go quietly, and Berner and Chypyha responded by winning two-straight games to take a 5-4 edge. That would be the last time that UW led the match, as the Hawkeyes strung together four games in-a-row to claim the match and the point, 8-5.
The No. 3 doubles match was called with Lauren Burich and Helen Rabot leading Annette Dohanics and Katie Zordani, 7-5.
“I was disappointed with our performance in the doubles matches, and I let the team know it,” Fleishman said. “I told them that we had to play for our senior, and they responded by playing inspired tennis in singles.”
The Badgers quickly evened the score behind a powerful effort from Hoch, who blew past Zordani in the No. 5 match, 6-1, 6-1. After struggling recently, Fleishman was impressed by Hoch’s bounce-back performance.
“Katie played unbelievable tennis today. She made very few errors, and really took it to her opponent early, didn’t give her any breathing room,” Fleishman said. “I’m proud of her. She played almost flawless tennis, and it was huge for her to get us back even at 1-1.”
The tie was short-lived, as Iowa countered by taking two-straight matches to push their lead to 3-1. First, Dohanics bested Rabot at No. 6, 6-3, 6-2, and then Seaborne finally put away Berner, 6-4, 7-5, in a closely contested No. 1 match.
“Hannah did a really great job of fighting in her match -- she was right there in almost every game,” Fleishman said. “Playing at the top of our lineup this year, she’s played some unbelievable competition, and she’s more than held her own. She’s such a tremendous competitor out there, and she never quits. I think she’s the perfect picture of what it means to be a Badger.”
That left the Badgers with the difficult task of having to win each of the final three matches of the day if they wanted to beat the Hawkeyes. At the time that Berner lost, the Badgers trailed in the No. 4 match, and were tied at one set apiece in the No. 2 and 3 matches.
Chypyha got the comeback started by taking down Talcott in the No. 2 match, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Tripolskaya then posted a win of her own to get the Badgers even at 3-3 with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 defeat of McCulloch in the No. 3 match. The Moscow native fended off a match point on her way to a thrilling comeback win.
With the Badgers and Hawkeyes tied at 3-3, the dual came down to the No. 4 match, where Burich took on Hindmarsh. After dropping the first set, 6-7(3), Burich put the match away with dominant second and third sets, taking the match 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2.
“Even after we lost the doubles point, I still had faith that we could pull it out,” said Berner. “I remember our first match at Duke, how inexperienced we were, and now all these freshmen are out here beating Big Ten teams. The growth of the team has been really great to see.”
Wisconsin will get another chance to improve its seed in the Big Ten tournament when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., for a battle against the No. 14 Cornhuskers at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the regular season finale.
Wisconsin 4, Iowa 3
Apr 19, 2013 at Madison, Wis. (Nielsen Tennis Stadium)
|1. Ruth Seaborne (IOWA) def. Hannah Berner (WIS) 6-4, 7-5
|2. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Shelby Talcott (IOWA) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
|3. Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) def. Morven McCulloch (IOWA) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
|4. Lauren Burich (WIS) def. Caitlin Hindmarsh (IOWA) 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-2
|5. Katie Hoch (WIS) def. Katie Zordani (IOWA) 6-1, 6-1
|6. Annette Dohanics (IOWA) def. Helen Rabot (WIS) 6-3, 6-2
|1. Morven McCulloch/Ruth Seaborne (IOWA) def. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 8-5
|2. Shelby Talcott/Caitlin Hindmarsh (IOWA) def. Katie Hoch/Anastasia Tripolskay (WIS) 8-2
|3. Lauren Burich/Helen Rabot (WIS) vs. Annette Dohanics/Katie Zordani (IOWA) 7-5, unfinished
|Iowa (9-12, 2-8 B1G)
|Wisconsin (5-16, 3-7 B1G)
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,6,1,2,3,4)