Badger tennis ducks out in first round of NCAAs

UW women's team suffers heartbreaking, last set loss to Tennessee

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The Wisconsin women's tennis team fell to No. 24 Tennessee 4-3 Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


The Badgers took the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. The duo of senior Teresa Gonzaga and freshman Caitlin Burke, at No. 2, ended their season with a perfect 11-0 record in doubles.


No. 50 Wisconsin (13-12 overall) also picked up wins from Burke and freshman Kaylan Caiati in singles. Junior Katie McGaffigan, senior Shana McElroy and Gonzaga dropped their matches, giving Tennessee (14-13) a chance to catch up.


Tied with three points apiece, the match came down to a singles contest between Wisconsin junior Lindsay Martin and Lady Vol freshman Blakeley Griffith. Griffith won the first set 6-1, but Martin came back to win the second 7-5. The match-deciding third set was pushed to a tie breaker, with Griffith eventually prevailing 7-6 (7-2) to claim the win for Tennessee.


"It was a great match," Wisconsin head coach Patti Henderson said. "To have the doubles come out the way they did and to take the opportunities we had in singles was great. It's always tough to lose, and especially when it ends your season, but I think we performed very well today."


Although Wisconsin ended its season as a team, Martin and McGaffigan will compete in doubles and McGaffigan will participate in the singles portion of the NCAA Tournament. The national individual competition begins May 24.

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