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This Week in Men's Tennis

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) L, 4-1
Mar. 1 at TCU (#15) L, 6-1
Mar. 7 GREEN BAY L, 4-1
Mar. 8 OMAHA W, 7-0
Mar. 20 NEBRASKA* 3 p.m.
Mar. 22 at Iowa* 2 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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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
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This Week Ahead
The Wisconsin men's tennis team will have the next week off from competition as it prepares to resume conference action on March 20 and 22 versus Nebraska and Iowa. The Badgers will host Nebraska on Friday, March 20 at 3 p.m. (CT) before traveling to Iowa City, Iowa, on Sunday, March 22 to take on the Hawkeyes at Noon.

UW owns an all-time mark of 4-6 against Nebraska, including a 3-1 advantage in home contests. Despite dropping two matches to their Big Ten foe during the 2013-14 season, the Badgers downed the Huskers, 6-1, when the teams last faced off in Madison during the 2012-13 campaign.

Nebraska currently holds the No. 58 spot in the national rankings and has won three out of its last four matches, including an upset victory over ranked Oregon.

Wisconsin will follow up its contest with Nebraska by taking on No. 53 Iowa. In addition to the team's overall ranking, the Hawkeye roster boasts the nation's 79th-ranked singles player in Matt Hagan.

UW looks to continue its recent domination over the conference rival, as the Badgers have won 10 straight matches against Iowa. That streak stands as the team's longest-active win streak over any Big Ten opponent.

Wisconsin vs. Nebraska | vs. Iowa

Nebraska: Friday, March 20 | 3 p.m. (CT)
Iowa: Sunday, March 22 | 2 p.m.(CT)

Location Madison, Wis. | Nielsen Tennis Stadium
Iowa City, Iowa | Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex
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Last Time Out--Green Bay and Nebraska-Omaha
The Badgers finished their weekend of non-conference matches with a 1-1 record, dropping their contest to Green Bay, 4-1, before rebounding with a 7-0 sweep over Nebraska-Omaha.

Despite winning the opening doubles point, sluggish singles play proved costly for the team against in-state rival UWGB. Wisconsin dropped points on courts 2, 4, 5 and 6, while freshmen Josef Dodridge and Lamar Remy were unable to conclude their matches.

Remy led in his third set at the time of the contest's completion, as Dodridge had battled back from his first set loss to tie up the second at 6-6 against No. 94 Michael Tenzer.

Wisconsin entered Sunday's competition ready to put Green Bay behind them, and that's exactly what the young squad did, grabbing all seven of the match's points.

Juniors Jakhongir Jalalov and Alexander Kokorev each tallied their first singles victories of the season in impressive fashion, defeating their Nebraska-Omaha opponents in straight sets. In fact, all six Badgers won their singles matchups dominating the Mavericks in straight sets.

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 21 wins, and the group of Badger freshman account for 15 (71.4%) of the 21 victories. In addition, only three members of the squad hold singles records of .500 or better, and one of those three is a freshman newcomer.

Josef Dodridge holds a cumulative singles record of 6-4, with his biggest win occurring at the No. 1 singles spot against Arturs Kazijevs of TCU.

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 and the squad's best doubles record of 5-2. Their victory against Notre Dame's Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi earned them the No. 48 spot in that week's 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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