April 29, 2010
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MADISON, Wis. -- For the second year in a row the Wisconsin women’s tennis team is advancing to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The eighth-seeded Badgers took out ninth seed and No. 71-ranked Minnesota in a decisive 4-0 victory to claim their spot in the quarterfinal round against No. 1 seed Michigan on Friday.
Wisconsin got to work early clinching the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and 3 slot. Alaina Trgovich paired with Hannah Berner to knock out Minnesota’s Jackie Sperling and Tijana Koprivica. UW’s Jessica Seyferth and Kathleen Saltarelli grabbed UW’s first point of the day with the 8-5 victory over Minnesota’s No. 3 tandem.
Angela Chupa kept pace with an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 4 spot. Chupa was not challenged by Sperling as UW went up, 2-0.
Alaina Trgovich secured her second win at the No. 1 slot with a 6-3, 6-3 victory to put the Badgers up by three. Trgovich improved her record to 11-12 on the season and 2-3 playing at the top spot.
Seyferth clinched the match with a three set victory at the No. 5 slot. After dropping the first set, Seyferth came back strong with 6-1, 6-0 sets to clinch the Badgers spot in the quarterfinals.
Wisconsin was ahead in the final three singles positions before the matches were retired due to the win.
The Badgers tournament run continues Friday, April 30 when Wisconsin meets No. 1 seed Michigan at 10 a.m. at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Michigan went undefeated in conference play and beat Wisconsin earlier this season by a score of 6-1. Last year it was Michigan who ended UW's tournament run with a 4-0 decision in the quarterfinals.
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Tennis Match Results
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Apr 29, 2010 at Iowa City, IA
(Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex)
Wisconsin 4, #71 Minnesota 0
1. Alaina Trgovich (WISC) def. Alessandra Ferrazzi (MINN) 6-3, 6-3
2. Hannah Berner (WISC) vs. Tijana Koprivica (MINN) 6-4, 5-6, unfinished
3. Katya Mirnova (WISC) vs. Alexa Palen (MINN) 7-6 (8-6), 3-2, unfinished
4. Angela Chupa (WISC) def. Jackie Sperling (MINN) 6-0, 6-0
5. Jessica Seyferth (WISC) def. Doron Muravnik (MINN) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
6. Kathleen Saltarelli (WISC) vs. Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) 6-3, 1-6, 4-1, unfinished
1. Angela Chupa/Katya Mirnova (WISC) vs. Alexa Palen/Alessandra Ferrazzi (MINN) 5-7, unfinished
2. Alaina Trgovich/Hannah Berner (WISC) def. Jackie Sperling/Tijana Koprivica (MINN) 8-3
3. Jessica Seyferth/Kathleen Saltarelli (WISC) def. Mariana Spilca/Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) 8-5
Minnesota 10-13, 3-7; National ranking #71
Wisconsin 8-15, 3-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,1,5)
Wisconsin is seeded 8th
Minnesota is seeded 9th