Nov. 5, 2013
• Tournament Information | Singles Flight One | Singles Flight Two | Doubles
MADISON, Wis. --The Wisconsin women's tennis team heads south to the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas this weekend, competing Nov. 8-10. This will be the Badgers' last invitational of the fall season.
Wisconsin will be one of seven teams in the Longhorn Invitational along with host Texas, Rice, UTSA, Wichita State, Stephen F. Austin, and McNeese State. The Badgers will be facing teams that they typically do not get to play against. In fact, Texas is the only school UW has ever faced in a dual match.
"This is an opportunity to play totally different teams," said head coach, Tina Samara. "It will be good exposure for the girls, especially for them to play against Texas. The Longhorns have a long history of being a good tennis program."
Samara and assistant coach, Matt Manasse, will be taking Lauren Chypyha, Lauren Burich, Sydney Rider, Helen Rabot and potentially Anastasia Tripolskaya. Tripolskaya is questionable after receiving three stitches in her hand due to accident while cooking on Monday.
"Ultimately, the decision if Nastia plays this weekend will be decided these next couple of days based on how it feels for her to hold her racket," said Samara.
If Tripolskaya does play this weekend, she will be paired with another player from a different school in doubles play. She has done this in the past at the Wildcat Invite when she played with Northwestern University's Jillian Rooney. This weekend doubles play will be a compass draw style, along with two flights of 16 for singles play.
The Badgers will arrive in Austin, Texas around 3 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, Nov. 7. Since the tournament this weekend will take place outside, Samara is planning on having a light hit Thursday night to prepare for the weekend.
The Longhorn Invitational is set to begin Friday morning and conclude on Sunday afternoon.