It’s been about nine years since a Badger was selected into the NCAA Division I Women’s Singles Championship. Senior Lauren Chypyha, the No. 1 player on the Wisconsin women’s tennis team, terminated that drought.
To Chypyha’s head coach Tina Samara, it comes as no surprise that Chypyha had the ability to earn her position in the NCAA championship.
“Pretty much from the first time I met her three years ago it was obvious that one of Lauren’s main goals was to make the NCAA tournament,” Samara explained.
“Making the NCAA tournament is a really big accomplishment. You’re talking about the top 64 players from over 300 programs. That’s the best of the best and there is no doubt Chyps belongs there.”
Chypyha doesn’t doubt that she’s rightfully earned her position in the tournament, either.
“It’s one of the goals that I had my eyes set on,” she said. “I’m not overwhelmed. I feel like I belong here. I’ve visualized myself playing on these courts for the whole year keeping that goal in mind. So I’m just living in the moment because I imagined myself in this situation before.”
The tournament took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 25-30, 2016 at the Case Tennis Center. Chypyha, who was unseeded, was set to match up against North Carolina’s top-ranked junior Hayley Carter.
Chypyha fell to Carter 6-2, 7-5 at the NCAA Singles Championship, capping off one of the most remarkable tennis careers UW women’s tennis has seen. Along with earning a spot in the championship, Chypyha was also awarded first team All-Big Ten for the third-consecutive season.
The senior finished her run with 95 wins, which ranks at the fourth-most in UW history.
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