March 25, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team lost, 6-1, to Michigan State (11-8, 0-3) at the Nielsen tennis stadium Sunday afternoon. It was the second loss of the weekend for the Badgers, and their first lost of the season against an unranked opponent.
The win for the Spartans is their first against the Badgers (8-7, 0-3) at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium since 2004.
“I think [the Spartans] were just a little bit more ready to win today, and they won the big points,” Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Bates said. “It was probably one or two points in the matches here, but In tennis that’s how it goes; one or two points decide a match. They just won the big point today and closed the matches out and that’s the difference.”
Wisconsin was in control at the beginning of the match after winning the doubles point. The Badgers won the doubles point for the 11th time out of 14 attempts.
Alex Robles and Rod Carey defeated Gigs Linders and Denis Bogatov, 8-6. At No. 1 Billy Bertha and Fredrik Ask fell to Aaron Pfister and Drew Lied, 8-6, but Alexander Kostanov and Petr Satral clinched the point with an 8-6 victory.
In singles the Badgers were unable to earn the crucial points they needed to win the match.
Rod Carey was the first Badger to fall. He led for most of the first set, but a late break paved the way for Ronnie Hulewicz who won the first 7-5 and then cruised in the second, 6-0.
The Badgers went down 2-1 when Drew Lied defeated Andy Quirk, 6-3, 7-5. It was Quirk’s first lost as a Badger.
The other four matches all went three sets. Bertha was the first of the three-set matches to lose; he dropped his decision to Brooks, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Denis Bogatov sealed the match for the Spartans with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) win against Satral. Ask also lost in a third-set tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), to Pfister.
Michigan State completed the singles sweep when Linders defeated Quinton Vega, 6-2, 6-7 (9-7), 6-4.
The Badgers are on the road next weekend against Illinois (March 30) and Northwestern (April 1). Match times are set for 3 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.
Michigan State 6 Wisconsin 1
1) Drew Lied/Aaron Pfister def. Fred Ask/Bill Bertha: 8-6
2) Alexander Kostanov/Petr Satral def. Harry Jadun/Austin Brooks: 8-6
3) Alex Robles/Rod Carey def. Gigs Linders/Denis Bogatov: 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1) Aaron Pfister def. Fredrik Ask: 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
2) Ronnie Hulewicz def. Rod Carey: 7-5, 6-0
3) Denis Bogatov def. Petr Satral: 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)
4) Austin Brooks def. Billy Bertha: 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5) Drew Lied def. Andy Quirk: 6-3, 7-5
6) Gigs Linders def. Quinton Vega: 6-2, 6-7 (9-7), 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 5, 4, 3, 1, 6