Feb. 18, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin’s men’s tennis team (2-2) lost its second match in a row, falling at No. 68 Clemson, 6-1, Saturday morning. The loss to the Tigers (3-3) marked the first time this season the Badgers lost after claiming the doubles point.
Billy Bertha and Fredrik Ask remained unbeaten this season and extended their win streak to four by defeating Clemson’s Yannick Maden and Zachary Rigsby, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. UW clinched the doubles point after Petr Satral and Alexander Kostanov defeated Cedric Willems and Gerardo Meza, 8-6, to earn the victory at No. 2 doubles.
At No. 3 doubles Rod Carey and Alex Robles dropped their match, 8-6, to Clemson’s Dominique Maden and Wes Moran.
Clemson came back strong in singles play by winning the first set in all six matchups. The Tigers were then able to close out two-set victories at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 singles to take a 3-1 lead.
The Badgers were still in the match despite the slow singles start. Kostanov, Bertha and Carey all won their second sets to force their matches into third sets and keep Clemson from claiming its fourth point.
Wisconsin was unable to capitalize on any of its opportunities, though, and dropped all three third sets as Clemson clinched the match and earned a 6-1 victory.
Up next, UW heads to Atlanta, Ga., to face Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday. The matchup against the Yellow Jackets finishes off a three-match road stretch for the Badgers against ranked opponents.
Clemson 6 Wisconsin 1
Billy Bertha/Fredrik Ask (WIS) def. Yannick Maden/Zachary Rigsby (CLEM): 8-4
Petr Satral/Alexander Kostanov (WIS) def. Gerardo Meza/Cedric Willems (CLEM): 8-6
Dominique Maden/Wes Moran (CLEM) def. Rod Carey/Alex Robles (WIS): 8-6
Yannick Maden (CLEM) def. Fredrik Ask (WIS): 6-3, 6-3
Gerardo Meza (CLEM) def. Alexander Kostanov (WIS): 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Dominique Maden (CLEM) def. Petr Satral (WIS): 6-4, 6-2
Zachary Rigsby (CLEM) def. Billy Bertha (WIS): 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
Cedric Willems (CLEM) def. Rod Carey (WIS): 7-6, 4-6, 6-3
Wes Moran (CLEM) def. Quinton Vega (WIS): 6-3, 6-4