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On the Court: Wisconsin continues Big Ten play at home

On the Court: Wisconsin continues Big Ten play at home

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin women’s tennis team will be competing in a Big Ten showdown this weekend, facing Iowa on March 29 at 4 p.m., followed by Nebraska on March 31 at 12 p.m. inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

1. SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES: Throughout the 2024 season, the Iowa women’s tennis team has compiled an 8-7 record and is currently ranked No. 62 in the ITA polls.

Under the guidance of eighth year head coach, Sasha Schmid, the team has seen strong performances. Junior Barbora Pokorna stands out this season, leading the team with a total of 9 wins in both singles and doubles matches.

2. SCOUTING THE HUSKERS: In his inaugural season at Nebraska, head coach German Dalmagro has led the program to a 9-6 overall record. Graduate student Maja Peitrowicz is leads the team with at No. 1 singles, boasting a 10-1 record this season.

3. BADGERS IN THE RANKINGS: Wisconsin has maintained a steady presence in the ITA rankings, currently sitting at No. 29. In the singles ranking, Maria Sholokhova secured the No. 78 spot. 

4. THE LAST SERVE: On Saturday, March 16, the Badgers took down the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Milwaukee Panthers in back-to-back matches. The team swept both opponents, 7-0. 

Against the Minnesota, Maria Sholokhova and Alina Mukhortova won their No. 1 singles match 6-3, with Rosie Garcia Gross and Taylor Cataldi clinching the doubles point with a 6-3 victory. The Badgers dominated singles, winning 11 of 12 sets and all three tiebreaks. Alina Mukhortova recovered from an early loss to win 6-1, 6-2, while Taylor Cataldi fought through a challenging first set to win her tiebreaks 7-0 and 7-2, propelling the team to sweep. 

Facing Milwaukee, Rosie Garcia Gross and Taylor Cataldi swiftly clinched the first victory in just twenty minutes at No.2 doubles, followed by Ava Martin and Alina Mukhortova with a 6-1 win. Maria Sholokhova led the singles with a strong 6-2, 6-2 victory, while Xinyu Cai earned the match point for the Badgers with a straight-set win. Ariel Johnson impressively overcame a 4-2 first-set deficit to win her match, 6-2.

5. FOLLOW ALONG: Live stats and live stream can be found HERE. For content leading up to the matches, follow the Wisconsin women’s tennis team on X (@BadgerWTennis) and Instagram (@badgerwtennis) 

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