UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 48 Penn State women’s tennis team (9-9) fell in a Big Ten match up to No. 16 Wisconsin (13-3), 4-2.
Sofiya Chekhlystova and Carla Girbau downed No. 54 ranked doubles duo Ava Markham and Maria Sholokhova, 6-0, to give the Nittany Lions a one match advantage toward the doubles point.
Alexandra Nielsen and Yvonne Zuffova fell in their match to Xinyu Cai and Alina Mukhortova to allow the Badgers to tie up the matches.
Ioana Gheorghita and Alina Lebedeva won their match, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point for the Blue and White.
Wisconsin struck first in singles matches with Yvonne Zuffova falling in her match against No. 104 Maria Sholokhova, 6-1, 6-2.
After winning her first set, No. 43 Sofiya Chekhlystova ultimately fell to No. 56 Ava Markham 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Ioana Gheorghita faced a loss in a tough fought to Alina Mukhortova 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. Olivia Dorner fell to No. 107 Xinyu Cai, 6-2, 6-3.
Carla Girbau had a comeback win versus Taylor Cataldi after dropping her first set, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Alexandra Nielsen’s match was left unfinished against Charmaine Seah with a score of 6-3, 3-1 when it stopped.
No. 16 Wisconsin 4, No. 48 Penn State 2
- Sofiya Chekhlystova/Carla Girbau (PSU) def. No. 54 Ava Markham/Maria Sholokhova (WIS) 6-0
- Xinyu Cai/Alina Mukhortova (WIS) def. Alexandra Nielsen/Yvonne Zuffova (PSU) 6-2
- Ioana Gheorghita/Alina Lebedeva (PSU) def. Charmaine Seah/Taylor Cataldi (WIS) 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
- No. 56 Ava Markham (WIS) def. No. 43 Sofiya Chekhlystova (PSU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
- No. 104 Maria Sholokhova (WIS) def. Yvonne Zuffova (PSU) 6-1, 6-2
- Alina Mukhortova (WIS) def. Ioana Gheorghita (PSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
- Carla Girbau (PSU) def. Taylor Cataldi (WIS) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
- No. 107 Xinyu Cai (WIS) def. Olivia Dorner (PSU) 6-2, 6-3
- Charmaine Seah (WIS) vs. Alexandra Nielsen (PSU) 6-3, 3-1, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3, 5, 4
The Penn State women’s tennis team will continue at-home Big Ten play on Sunday, March 26 at 11 a.m. with a match against Indiana.
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