April 24, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Wisconsin women's tennis season was marked with youth and growth. Two of the Badgers standout sophomores were recognized Thursday night as Lauren Chypyha earned first-team All-Big Ten and Anastasia Tripolskaya took home the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
"For a team that may not have earned a lot of group success, it says a lot to have two athletes recognized among the Big Ten's elite," head coach Tina Samara said. "I'm happy for Chyps and Nasty for the strides they made this season and hoping that this can serve as a springboard for next year."
The two Badgers were singled out during the Big Ten Tournament banquet Thursday evening in Evanston, Ill. Chypyha's accolades marked Wisconsin's first first-team All-Big Ten honor since Liz Carpenter in 2009.
Chypyha and Tripolskaya led the team with a 14-5 record. Tripolskaya paced UW in conference wins with a total of seven and Chypyha finished with six.
Playing No. 1 singles for UW, Chypyha won her first 13 matches of the spring including a victory over No. 88 Ruth Seaborne of Iowa.
Triploskaya posted a record of 7-4, highlighted by a win over Michigan's 20th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky.
Tripolskaya's Sportsmanship Award honors student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The students-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.