Oct. 2, 2011
Winnetka, Ill. – The Wisconsin women’s tennis team traveled to Winnetka, Ill., over the weekend to compete in the Wildcat Invitational. Junior Hannah Berner (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and sophomore Caroline Bauer (Winnetka, Ill.) led the Badgers with 2-1 performances at the Invite.
No flight championships were played as the coaches decided that the players would only play one match on Sunday.
Competing in flight A, Berner first met up with DePaul’s Gia McKnight, who handed Berner her only loss of the weekend, 7-5, 6-4. Berner later faced Amy Barton of Michigan State and topped her, 6-1, 6-4. In Berner’s last match, she defeated Western Michigan’s Nini Sujashvili, 6-1, 6-3.
Representing Wisconsin in flight D, Bauer won her first two matches, before falling to Illinois-Chicago’s Rebeca Mirtea, 6-4, 6-1. In Bauer’s first match, Bauer dropped the first set before battling back to defeat Pauline Gilbert of Minnesota in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. Bauer also beat UIC’s Kathryn Sharples, 6-1, 6-4, in the quarterfinals.
Senior Alaina Trgovich (Munster, Ind.) finished the weekend with a 1-2 record in flight B. Trgovich was first outplayed by Minnesota’s Magdalena Wiecha in a close battle, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Later, Trgovich defeated Maggie Remynse of Western Michigan, 6-3, 6-2, before falling again in three sets. In her final match of the weekend, Trgovich lost to Oklahoma’s Whitney Wofford, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Seniors Aleksandra Markovic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Lauren Gruber (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and freshman Sarah Loebel (Hamburg, Germany) ended with 0-3 performances.
Competing in flight A, Markovic dropped her first match in three sets to South Carolina’s Katerina Popova, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.In her next match, Markovic was defeated by Minnesota’s Alexa Palen, 6-4, 6-0. Markovic came up short in another close match to UIC’s Mariya Kovaleva, 6-2, 5-7, 10-8.
In flight B, Loebel won the first set of her opening round match before dropping the next two sets, falling to Oklahoma’s Peta Maree, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. In another close match, Loebel lost to Julia Courter of Minnesota, 7-6, 6-4. Illinois-Chicago’s Polina Guimaraes later defeated Loebel 6-2, 1-6, 10-7.
Representing Wisconsin in flight C singles, Gruber was also unable to record a win at the tournament. Aria Lambert of Minnesota topped Gruber in the opening round, 6-3, 6-3. Gruber fell again, 6-3, 6-3, this time to Western Michigan’s Jill Pastunink, before losing to Morven McCulloch of Iowa, 7-6(8), 6-4.
In doubles action, the duo of Trgovich and Berner finished with a 3-1 performance in Flight A doubles, while the doubles team of Markovic and Loebel finished with a 1-2 record. The pair of Gruber and Bauer went 1-3.
The Badgers will spend the next few weeks preparing for the ITA Midwest Regional, which begins Oct. 20 in Columbus, Ohio.
1st round: Katerina Popova (South Carolina) def. Markovic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
2nd round: Alexa Palen (Minn) def. Markovic, 6-4, 6-0
3rd round: Mariya Kovaleva (UIC) def. Markovic, 6-2, 5-7, 10-8
1st round: Gia McKnight (DePaul) def. Berner, 7-5, 6-4
2nd round: Berner def. Amy Barton (MSU), 6-1, 6-4
3rd round: Berner def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU), 6-1, 6-3
1st round: Peta Maree Lancaster (OU) def. Loebel, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
2nd round: Julia Courter (Minn) def. Loebel, 7-6, 6-4
3rd round: Polina Guimaraes (UIC) def. Loebel, 6-2, 1-6, 10-7
1st round: Magdalena Wiecha (Minn) def. Trgovich, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
2nd round: Trgovich def. Maggie Remynse (WMU), 6-3, 6-2
3rd round: Whitney Wofford (OU) def. Trgovich, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
1st round: Aria Lambert (Minn) def. Gruber, 6-3, 6-3
2nd round: Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Gruber, 6-3, 6-3
3rd round: Morven McCulloch (Iowa) def. Gruber, 7-6 (8), 6-4
1st round: Bauer def. Pauline Gilbert (Minn), 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
2nd round: Bauer def. Kathryn Sharples (UIC), 6-1, 6-4
3rd round: Rebeca Mirtea (UIC) def. Bauer, 6-4, 6-1