MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin women's tennis team had a near perfect day, sweeping Michigan State in a 7-0 victory. For the first time this season, the Badgers took to the outdoor courts at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The outdoors proved helpful as Wisconsin picked up its first Big Ten victory of the season keeping Michigan State winless in conference play.
Wisconsin (6-11 overall, 1-3 Big Ten) got off to a quick start in doubles with the Nos. 1 and 2 spots going up to an easy 6-0 lead in both matches. The No. 2 pair of Angela Chupa and Katya Mirnova held the Spartan duo to 7-0 before allowing a game, finishing with the 8-1 victory.
After leading 6-1, Hannah Berner and Alaina Trgovich allowed Michigan State creep back in before closing the match at 8-4. After Wisconsin won the doubles point, the No. 3 spot battled back but eventually fell 8-5 for the only loss of the day.
The Badgers carried the momentum into singles play, picking up all six singles wins in straight sets.
Trgovich defeated Whitney Wilson with an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 3 slot to give UW the 2-0 advantage.
Berner continued the straight-set sweep, playing at the No. 1 slot for the first time this season. Berner's 6-2, 6-0 victory over Michaela Silesova improves her singles record to a team-best 12-4 record.
Jessica Seyferth picked up her second straight win with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Elena Ivanova at the No. 4 spot to clinch the match for the Badgers.
Chupa, Aleksandra Markovic and Mirnova all got back in the win column with straight set victories. Mirnova was the only Badger challenged as Nicole Herzog fought back to tie it up 5-5 in the second set. After Mirnova won the first set, she kept with the straight set victories winning the next two games to give the Badgers the 7-0 sweep.
Wisconsin remains at home with No. 8 Michigan visiting the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Sunday. The match is set for 11 a.m.