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This Week in Men's Tennis

Schedule
Jan. 24 vs. ETSU L, 4-3
Jan. 24 vs. Seattle W, 4-0
Jan. 25 at Washington (#63) L, 4-0
Jan. 31 at Tulane (#55) L, 4-0
Feb. 1 at LSU (#39) DNP
Feb. 7 MINNESOTA* (#33) L, 4-1
Feb. 8 at Notre Dame (#16) L, 6-1
Feb. 13 DRAKE (#41) L, 5-2
Feb. 15 NC STATE (#29) L, 7-0
Feb. 18 MARQUETTE W, 5-2
Feb. 28 at SMU (#63) 12 p.m.
Mar. 1 at TCU (#15) 12 p.m.
Mar. 7 GREEN BAY 12 p.m.
Mar. 8 OMAHA 11 a.m.
Mar. 20 NEBRASKA* 3 p.m.
Mar. 22 at Iowa* 12 p.m.
Mar. 27 INDIANA* 12 p.m.
Mar. 27 SIUE 6 p.m.
Mar. 29 PURDUE* 12 p.m.
Apr. 3 at Penn State* 5 p.m.
Apr. 5 at Ohio State* 11 a.m.
Apr. 11 at Michigan State* 4 p.m.
Apr. 12 at Michigan* 11 a.m.
Apr. 17 NORTHWESTERN* 6 p.m.
Apr. 19 ILLINOIS* 12 p.m.
Apr. 23-26 Big Ten Tournament TBD
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Roster
Josef Dodridge 6-0 FR
Jakhongir Jalalov 6-1 JR
Alexander Kokorev 6-4 JR
Darius Mackenzie 5-10 FR
Jose Maria Martin De Oliva Carranza 6-2 FR
Tomas Pitra 6-2 FR
Lamar Remy 6-0 FR
Michael Sinha 5-11 SR
John Zordani 6-5 SO
Complete Roster

Tomas Pitra

This Week Ahead
The Wisconsin men's tennis team will travel to Texas for a pair of matches against non-conference opponents No. 63 SMU and No. 15 TCU this weekend. The Badgers will first road trip to Dallas, Texas to go head-to-head with SMU on Saturday at Noon (CT) before finishing the weekend in Fort Worth, where UW will take on TCU at Noon on Sunday.

The Cardinal and White narrowly trail SMU in the all-time series between the two schools, as the Mustangs hold a slight 3-2 advantage over the Badgers. UW will look to earn its first road win against SMU and hopes to snap its three-game losing streak in contests played in Dallas.

The last time these non-conference opponents faced off, it was Wisconsin who emerged victorious. The Badgers downed the Mustangs, 4-2, in a match played at Nielsen Tennis Stadium during the 2013-14 season.

Unlike its all-time series with SMU, UW currently leads TCU, 3-1, including undefeated marks both home and away. Wisconsin's only loss to the Horned Frogs occurred in a neutral-site matchup.

The Badgers haven't faced TCU since the 2007-08 season, when UW defeated its non-conference foe, 5-2, at Nielsen.

The No. 15 Horned Frogs will bring a wealth of talent to their matchup with the Badgers, as the roster includes multiple ranked singles players and doubles teams. TCU's lineup consists of singles No. 28 Cameron Norrie, No. 48 Nick Chappell and No. 110 Facundo Lugones. The lineup also boasts three ranked doubles teams, including No. 15 Norrie/Trevor Johnson, No. 20 Chappell/Will Stein and No. 53 Johnson/Blake Wiggins.

Wisconsin vs. No. 63 SMU | vs. No. 15 TCU
Match

SMU: Saturday, Feb. 28 | Noon (CT)
TCU: Sunday, March 1 | Noon (CT)

Location Dallas, Texas | SMU Tennis Complex
Fort Worth, Texas | Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center
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Last Time Out--Marquette
The Badgers got back to winning ways with an impressive 5-2 victory over in-state rival Marquette at Nielsen Tennis Stadium Wednesday evening. UW opened the contest on the right foot and claimed its second doubles point of the season, the first since its opening match of spring play versus ETSU.

Four freshmen led the way for the Badgers in singles play, clinching the match for the Cardinal and White. Josef Dodridge, Lamar Remy, Tomas Pitra and Darius Mackenzie all earned points for the team with their singles wins on courts 3-6.

Wednesday night's victory extended Wisconsin's winning streak to 18 straight matches against the Golden Eagles, which remains the second longest in program history dating back to 1921.

Freshmen Firepower
The 2014-15 Badgers have begun to prove that despite their youth, they can contend with the nation's best. Wisconsin has consistently played four freshmen in its lineup so far this season, and some of the squad's biggest wins have come from players with little previous collegiate experience.

In singles play, UW has amassed a total of 14 wins, and the group of Badger freshman account for 12 of the 14 victories. In addition, only five members of the squad hold singles records of .500 or better, and three of those five are freshman newcomers.

Josef Dodridge holds a cumulative singles record of 4-3, while Tomas Pitra owns a mark of 2-1 and Remy is 4-4 on the year.

Similar to its strength in singles, the group of freshmen has been impressive in doubles action as well. In fact, it is the freshman pair of Dodridge and Jose Maria Martin de Oliva Carranza that hold the lone UW win over a nationally-ranked opponent. Their victory against Notre Dame's Hagar and Covalschi earned them the No. 48 spot in the latest national doubles rankings.

The Roster
The Badgers will feature a young lineup for the 2014-15 season, as five of the nine players on the squad are freshmen. However, Wisconsin will also be bringing back a wealth of leadership and experience in its returning lineup.

The returning UW lineup includes sophomore John Zordani, juniors Jakhongir Jalalov and Alexander Kokorev, as well as lone senior Michael Sinha.

"We've got some young freshmen, and I'll be interested to see how they'll respond to their first dual-match season," Van Emburgh explained. "I'm hoping both of our juniors and our senior will really help to lead those younger guys."

Head Coach Greg Van Emburgh
Wisconsin men's tennis head coach Greg Van Emburgh will enter his tenth year at UW with an overall record of 137-122 (.529), including a 43-61 (.413) Big Ten mark.

The Badgers have finished with a .500 record or better under Van Emburgh in six of nine seasons.

He has guided Wisconsin to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 finish in 2010.

Fall season review
The Badgers begin their spring schedule coming off of a solid fall season. The team finished 27-28 in singles play, led by freshmen Lamar Remy and Josef Dodridge.

Remy finished with a singles record of 6-3 in his Badger debut, while Dodridge concluded his fall season with a mark of 4-2, including a perfect 3-0 record at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic.

Despite finishing with a final team doubles tally of 11-19, UW saw multiple teams earn doubles success, including the team of Dodridge and John Zordani, who ended their fall season with a perfect record of 4-0 as a pair.

2013-14 season in review
The Wisconsin men's tennis team concluded its 2013-14 campaign in the first round of the 2014 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament against the University of Michigan. The Badgers tallied a mark of 9-16 overall, including a 1-11 record in Big Ten action.

The Badgers earned four wins against ranked opponents last season, including Tulane (70), Denver (54), Marquette (59) and Big Ten rival Iowa (68).

Despite finishing below .500 in conference action, UW posted an impressive mark of 8-5 in nonconference competition.

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