Jan. 22, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men's tennis team opened its 2011 season on a strong note playing host to Butler and UW-Whitewater this Saturday. The No. 29th-ranked Badgers shutout both opponents in two 7-0 wins for a spotless debut.
The Badgers got things started right away against the Bulldogs winning all three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 going into singles competition.
Sophomore Billy Bertha grabbed the first win in the No. 2 singles spot with an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Butler's Bryce Warren.
Marek Michalicka followed suite in the No. 1 spot with a quick 6-1 first set win. BU's Bayliss broke serve to start the second set, 1-0, but the Badger captain answered back to take a 6-2 win.
With a 3-0 advantage, Wisconsin freshman Rodney Carey earned a first set win, 6-2, over Lenz Theodor in the No. 6 slot. Theodor fought back for a close second set, but Carey stayed strong for a 6-4 win in his debut match as a Badger.
Carey's win gave UW the 4-0 match win.
Alex Robles, Ricardo Martin, and Petr Satral finished off the morning match against Butler with wins in the Nos. 5, 4, and 3 spots, respectively, for Wisconsin's 7-0 shutout win over the Bulldogs.
Wisconsin carried its momentum into the afternoon match against UW-Whitewater sweeping the doubles competition to take the 1-0 lead.
The young duo of Martin and Carey earned the first doubles win in the No. 3 slot for an 8-3 victory over UW-W's Miller and Scanlan.
Despite close starts in the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles matches, both Wisconsin pairs pulled ahead to keep UW undefeated on the day.
The No. 29-ranked Badgers then took over in singles play dominating all six singles spots against the Warhawks for the 7-0 match win and an impressive 2-0 start to the season.
Wisconsin will hit the road next weekend traveling to Lexington, Ky. for the ITA Kickoff Weekend. UW will face Wake Forest on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. and either Kentucky or Boise State on Sunday, Jan. 30., match time TBA.
Tennis Match Results
Jan 22, 2011 at MADISON, Wis.
(Nielsen Tennis Stadium)
#29 Wisconsin 7, Butler 0
1. Marek Michalicka (WIS) def. BAYLISS, Brandon (BU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Billy Bertha (WIS) def. WARREN, Bryce (BU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Petr Satral (WIS) def. McLOUGHLIN, Stephen (BU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Ricardo Martin (WIS) def. HERRON, Chris (BU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Alex Robles (WIS) def. ERVIN, Zach (BU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Rodney Carey (WIS) def. THEODOR, Lenz (BU) 6-2, 6-4
1. Billy Bertha/Marek Michalicka (WIS) def. HERRON, Chris/WARREN, Bryce (BU) 8-4
2. Petr Satral/Alexander Teppert (WIS) def. McLOUGHLIN, Stephen/THEODOR, Lenz (BU) 8-4
3. Ricardo Martin/Rodney Carey (WIS) def. BAYLISS, Brandon/ERVIN, Zach (BU) 8-6
Wisconsin 0-0; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,6,5,4,3)
#29 Wisconsin 7, UW-Whitewater 0
1. Marek Michalicka (WIS) def. Jake Macey (UWW) 6-4, 6-0
2. Billy Bertha (WIS) def. Andy McGlashen (UWW) 6-3, 6-0
3. Petr Satral (WIS) def. Andrew Bayliss (UWW) 6-3, 6-1
4. Ricardo Martin (WIS) def. Byron Balkin (UWW) 6-0, 6-1
5. Alex Robles (WIS) def. Erik Scanlan (UWW) 6-2, 6-4
6. Rodney Carey (WIS) def. William Krieger (UWW) 6-2, 6-2
1. Billy Bertha/Marek Michalicka (WIS) def. Jake Macey/Byron Balkin (UWW) 8-4
2. Petr Satral/Alexander Teppert (WIS) def. Andrew Bayliss/Mitch Osborne (UWW) 8-6
3. Ricardo Martin/Rodney Carey (WIS) def. Charlie Miller/Erik Scanlan (UWW) 8-3
Wisconsin 1-0; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,4,2,1,3)
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