April 27, 2006
Taking full advantage of the return of Caitlin Burke from injury, 11 seed Wisconsin pulled off the upset of sixth-seeded Michigan State in the final game of the first round of the Big Ten Championship.
In near perfect weather conditions, Wisconsin started the afternoon by taking the doubles point from the Spartans, with Chelsea Nusslock and Morgan Tuttle coming through with an 8-4 win over Jessica over Jessica Baron and Stephanie Keibler at No. 2. Michigan State's Christine Bader and Sarah Andrews were able to hold off Burke and teammate Elizabeth Carpenter, but the decisive set was won by Wisconsin's Kaylan Caiati and Erin Jobe at No. 3.
Bader's luck against Burke didn't last long however, as the Badger junior took their No. 1 singles dual in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0. Carpenter exacted similar revenge on Andrews, winning their battle 6-3, 6-2 in the third singles position. Tuttle cruised past Ana Miloslavjevic at No. 5, 6-1, 6-2 to seal the win for the Badgers.
By winning the doubles point and the first three completed singles matches, Wisconsin claimed victory in the best-of-seven match, and three singles contests were left abandoned.
A rejuvinated Wisconsin team advances to face Michigan in a quarterfinal matchup on Friday at 2:00 p.m. on the campus of the University of Illinois.