April 20, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s tennis team played host to its last regular-season match this year at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Sunday against No. 43 Illinois. The weather held out for the Badgers to play the Fighting Illini outside, where Illinois defeated Wisconsin, 5-2.
“We put ourselves in a position to win and instead of going out and taking it, we give it away,” said head coach Tina Samara. “Somehow we haven’t learned that lesson yet.”
UW celebrated senior day to close out its home schedule, honoring Becca Bailey, who rejoined the Badgers in January to compete this year after having been a walk-on her freshmen year.
The Badgers opened the day in a grueling battle, but lost the doubles.
Bailey, who teamed up with Sydney Rider at No. 3 doubles, fell short, 8-7, in the tiebreaker to Allison Falkin and Julia Jamieson.
At No. 1 doubles, UW’s Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich fell, 8-6, to Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong to finish the doubles competition. The No. 1 doubles match result gave the doubles point to Illinois, halting play at No. 2 doubles, with the Badgers’ duo of Nova Patel and Anastasia Tripolskaya tied at 7-7 and 6-6 in the tiebreaker.
“We gave it away in doubles,” said Samara. “We had chances on court 3 and court 1.
“The crazy thing about our team this year is that we are winning a lot at the top and that is typically not the case. No matter who you play, the top players are always going to be good and this shows that we are pretty strong at top.”
At No. 1 singles, UW’s Chypyha dominated the first set, 6-0, against Allison Falkin. She then went on to win the second set, 6-4.
“I am really happy with Chyps because this is a girl that she has lost to the last two times,” said Samara. “Last time it was at regionals and it wasn’t that close.”
Tripolskaya claimed victory against Illinois’ Alexis Casati, 6-4, 6-1, in No. 2 singles.
“Nasty had another great battle again,” said Samara. “It is great for to come back from yesterday where she had chances in that second set and wasn’t able to pull through.”
Unfortunately, the senior Bailey was unable to go out with a win, falling to Jerricka Boone in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-0.
In No. 4 singles, Patel fell short, 6-0, 6-1, to Louise Kwong.
Burich also fell short to Melissa Kopinski, 6-3, 6-1, in No. 3 singles.
Rider came back from a first-set loss of 6-2 to defeat Misia Kedzierski, 6-2, in the second set. She then fell short in the tiebreaker, 1-0.
“Sydney didn’t win the tiebreaker but I think there were a lot of improvements from her in this match,” said Samara. “It was positive even though she didn’t pull it out.”
The Badgers now prepare for the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill., on April 24.
1. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Allison Falkin (ILL) – 6-0, 6-4
2. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Alexis Casati (ILL) – 6-4, 6-1
3. Melissa Kopinski (ILL) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) – 6-3, 6-1
4. Louise Kwong (ILL) def. Nova Patel (WIS) – 6-0, 6-1
5. Misia Kedzierski (ILL) def. Sydney Rider (WIS) – 6-2, 2-6, 1-0
6. Jerricka Boone (ILL) def. Becca Bailey (WIS) – 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: (6, 1, 4, 2, 3, 5)
1. Misia Kedzierski/Louise Kwong (ILL) def. Lauren Chypyha / Lauren Burich (WIS) – 8-6
2. Nova Patel / Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) vs. Jerricka Boone/Alexis Casati (ILL) - Unfinished
3. Allison Falkin/Julia Jamieson (ILL) def. Becca Bailey / Sydney Rider (WIS) – 8-7
Order of Finish: (3, 1)