April 8, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team defeated Penn State, 5-2, at the Nielsen Tennis stadium Sunday afternoon for its first Big Ten conference win of the season.
UW (9-10, 1-6) started out strong by winning the doubles point for the first time in its last three outings.
Alex Robles and Quinton Vega got things started for the Badgers with an 8-5 victory over Taylor Cohen and Tomas Hanzlik. Penn State(11-9, 1-6) answered when Russell Bader and Bryan Welnetz topped Alexander Kostanov and Petr Satral, 8-5.
The doubles point came down to No. 1 doubles. The match could not have been any closer, but Fredrik Ask and Rod Carey won the big points in the tiebreaker to prevail over C.J. Griffin and Christopher Hasyn, 9-8 (10-8).
The Nittany Lions evened the match early in singles when Hasyn defeated Robles, 6-3, 6-0.
Vega, playing his first match at No. 3 singles, stepped up to win, 6-3, 6-3, over Cohen to give the Badgers a 2-1 lead.
Penn State again rallied back when Hanzlik beat Ask at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-4, tying the match at 2-2.
After the No. 1 singles match, it was all Wisconsin. Kostanov handled Chris Young, 6-2, 6-0, and Satral clinched the match for Wisconsin after a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Welnetz.
Carey defeated Bader, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, making the final score 5-2.
The Badgers are back on the road next weekend and headed to Indiana. They play at Purdue on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT and then travel to Bloomington on Sunday to face Indiana at 11 a.m. CT.
Wisconsin 5 Penn State 2
1) Fredrik Ask/Rod Carey def. C.J. Griffin/Christopher Hasyn: 9-8 (10-8)
2) Russell Bader/Bryan Welnetz def. Alexander Kostanov/Petr Satral: 8-5
3) Alex Robles/Quinton Vega def. Taylor Cohen/Tomas Hanzlik: 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1) Tomas Hanzlik def. Fredrik Ask: 6-4, 6-4
2) Rod Carey def. Russell Bader: 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
3) Quinton Vega def. Taylor Cohen: 6-3, 6-3
4) Petr Satral def. Bryan Welnetz: 6-4, 7-6 (4)
5) Alexander Kostanov def. Chris Young: 6-2, 6-0
6) Christopher Hasyn def. Alex Robles: 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 3, 1, 5, 4, 2