Feb. 22, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team bounced back from a three-match losing streak Wednesday night to defeat Marquette, 5-2. The win brings the Badgers’ record back to .500 on the season with a 3-3 record and keeps Marquette (5-4) from earning its first road win of the season.
The Badgers won the doubles point for the fifth time this year by earning victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Fredrik Ask and Billy Bertha got off to a slow start but were able to get a late break to win the match, 8-6, over Jose Crowley and Dan Mamalat. The Badger pair is now 6-0 on the season.
Alexander Kostanov and Petr Satral defeated Jonathan Schwerin and Vukas Teofanovic, 8-6, to move to 3-0 at No. 2 doubles this season and clinch the doubles point.
At No. 3 doubles Rod Carey and Alex Robles pushed the match into a tiebreaker but could not overcome the strong play of Logon Collins and Cameron Tehrani, 9-8 (7-4).
In singles, Marquette answered back when Mamalat defeated Kostanov, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2 singles to level the match, 1-1.
Bertha put the Badgers back in front with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Drake Kakar. Bertha overpowered Kakar the entire match with his serve and forehand.
Ask kept the ball rolling for the Badgers with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jose Crowley at No. 1 singles.
It took freshman Quinton Vega three sets, but he earned his first win as a Badger defeating Cameron Tehrani and getting the win for UW. Vega won the first set easily, 6-1, but struggled to get in a rhythm in the second set dropping it, 6-4. Vega found his form again in the third winning the set, 6-0.
“That was something that was waiting to happen,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “I think his potential is there, and I was happy to see him get his first win and execute that match.”
At No. 4 singles, Carey dropped the first set, 6-1, but battled back in the second set after being down 3-0 to force the second set into a tiebreaker. Carey again fell down early, but this time he was unable to get back into the match and dropped the tiebreaker, 7-3.
Satral defeated Teofanovic, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, to win the Badgers’ fifth point of the night. It was the second three-set victory for the Badgers.
“I think the most important thing we’ve talked about all year is being known as fighters and wanting to play every point like it’s the last point,” Van Emburgh said. “I think something we go over and something we want to improve every time we take the court.”
The Badgers are back on the road Saturday to face border rival No. 34 Minnesota this Saturday in the teams’ Big Ten opener.
Wisconsin 5 Marquette 2
1) Fredrik Ask/Billy Bertha def. Jose Crowley/Dan Mamalat: 8-6
2) Alexander Kostanov/Petr Satral def. Jonathan Schwerin/Vukas Teofanovic: 8-6
3) Logon Collins/Cameron Tehrani def. Alex Robles/Rod Carey: 9-8 (7-4)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1) Fredrik Ask def. Jose Crowley: 6-4, 6-4
2) Dan Mamalat def. Alexander Kostanov: 6-1, 6-0
3) Petr Satral def. Vukasin Teofanovic: 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
4) Logon Collins def. Rod Carey: 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
5) Billy Bertha def. Drake Kakar: 6-0, 6-2
6) Quinton Vega def. Cameron Tehrani: 6-1, 4-6, 6-0
Order of finish: 2, 5, 1, 6, 4, 3