March 23, 2012
MADISON, Wis.-- Playing in its first Big Ten home match of the season, the Wisconsin men's tennis team fell to No. 28 Michigan, 5-2, at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium Friday night. The loss drops the Badgers to 8-6 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten.
It was the first home loss of the season for Wisconsin after winning seven matches in a row.
The Badgers looked dominant in doubles, winning two out of the three matches.
After Alexander Kostanov and Petr Satral defeated Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi, 8-4, UW clinched the doubles point when No. 32 Fredrik Ask and Billy Bertha scored an 8-5 win over No. 15 Evan King and Shaun Bernstein.
It was the pair's second win over a top-15 team this year, having defeated Georgia Tech's Kevin King and Juan Spir, the No. 2 team in the country, on Feb. 19.
Wisconsin was unable to carry the momentum into singles, however, as Michigan won five of the six first sets to set the tone.
"We played really well in the doubles," said Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh. "I thought we played with a lot of energy probably the best energy we played with in doubles. We really looked like we had something to prove. I really thought in the singles we didn't play bad we just didn't step up at the right times."
King was the first Wolverine to clinch a win with a 6-4, 6-0, victory over Ask.
Bernstein earned the Wolverines their second point of the match, putting Michigan in front for good.
Michael Zhu's 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 victory over Satral, and Alex Petrone's defeat of Rod Carey, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, clinched the match for Michigan.
Bertha and Andy Quirk were the other two Badgers to play three-set matches. Bertha fell to Franks, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), but Quirk was able to remain undefeated on the season and earn the Badgers their lone singles win to make the final score 5-2.
"That's why Quirk is out there," said Van Emburgh. "He's a fighter, he's a competitor and he's not going to ever give up. That's the difference in college tennis."
Wisconsin is back in action at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Sunday as Michigan State visits for a noon matchup.
Michigan 5 Wisconsin 2
1) Fredrik Ask/ Billy Bertha def. Shaun Bernstein/Evan King: 8-5
2) Alexander Kostanov/Petr Satral def. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi: 8-4
3) Michael Zhu/Alex Petrone def. Alex Robles/Rod Carey: 8-5
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1) Evan King def. Fredrik Ask: 6-4, 6-0
2) Shaun Bernstein def. Alexander Kostanov: 6-3, 6-2
3) Alex Petrone def. Rod Carey: 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
4) Michael Zhu def. Petr Satral: 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
5) Barrett Franks def. Billy Bertha: 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
6) Andy Quirk def. Alex Buzzi: 6-0, 3-6, 7-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6