Badgers finish home schedule with strong showing on Senior Day


ON WISCONSIN <b>Senior Marek Michalicka earned his 15th win of the season on Senior Day on Sunday.</b>
ON WISCONSIN
Senior Marek Michalicka earned his 15th win of the season on Senior Day on Sunday.
ON WISCONSIN

April 17, 2011

Complete Results

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team (10-11, 4-4 Big Ten) sent its lone senior off on the right note in the team’s final regular season home match on Sunday afternoon. The Badgers came back from a shutout loss to No. 2 Ohio State on Friday to earn a 6-1 win over Penn State to honor Marek Michalicka on Senior Day.

Michalicka earned his 15th win of the season with Wisconsin’s second singles win of the day. The win in the No. 1 singles slot brought the senior’s record to 15-5 this season, including an impressive 7-1 mark in Big Ten play. The No. 57th-ranked Badger defeated Penn State’s Eddie Bourchier, 6-4, 6-4.

Michalicka’s win followed a 6-4, 6-1 Badger win by freshman Rod Carey in the No. 6 singles spot while Petr Satral fell in the No. 3 slot prior to the senior’s win.

In the No. 4 singles spot, freshman Fredrik Ask took down PSU’s Bryan Welnetz in a 7-6, 6-0 win to clinch the match victory for Wisconsin.

Ask found himself down 5-2 in the first set but clawed his way back in to tie the set up at 5-5. The Badger freshman then fought off set point to tie the score up again at 6-6. With the momentum on his side, Ask took the 7-6 win and carried it into a 6-0 second set win.

Ricardo Martin and Billy Bertha finished the match off for the Badgers in close tiebreak points in the Nos. 5 and 2 singles spots, respectively.

Martin came back from a 6-1 loss in the first set to earn the dramatic win over Penn State’s Christopher Hasyn. The second set remained close with four tied scores until Martin dominated the tiebreak point for the 7-6 (7-3) win.

With the sets split, the match decision came down to a super tiebreak point. Martin came out strong to go up 7-3, but Hasyn fought back to close the deficit to 7-6. Martin made a final push for the 10-6 win over the Nittany Lion junior.

Bertha rounded out the match with a two-set win over PSU’s Jason Lee. The UW sophomore easily defeated the Nittany Lion, 6-4, in the first set, but the second set proved to be much closer. Bertha earned the match win in a tiebreak decision, 7-6 (7-3), to bring the final match score to 6-1, Wisconsin.

The Badgers earned the early doubles point over Penn State with wins by the freshman duo of Ask and Carey in the No. 2 slot, and Alexander Teppert and Martin in the No. 3 slot.

The Badgers wrap up their Big Ten season next weekend at No. 60 Iowa on Friday, April 22, and No. 17 Illinois on Sunday, April 24. Wisconsin will then return home to play host to the 2011 Big Ten Tournament from April 28 to May 1.

Tennis Match Results
Apr 17, 2011 at Madison, Wis.
(Nielsen Tennis Stadium)

#73 Wisconsin 6, Penn State 1

Singles competition
1. #57 Marek Michalicka (WIS) def. Eddie Bourchier (PSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Billy Bertha (WIS) def. Jason Lee (PSU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Russell Bader (PSU) def. Petr Satral (WIS) 6-2, 6-2
4. Fredrik Ask (WIS) def. Bryan Welnetz (PSU) 7-6, 6-0
5. Ricardo Martin (WIS) def. Christopher Hasyn (PSU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-6)
6. Rod Carey (WIS) def. Chris Young (PSU) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Russell Bader/Eddie Bourchier (PSU) def. #51 Marek Michalicka/Billy Bertha (WIS) 8-3
2. Fredrik Ask/Rodney Carey (WIS) def. Chris Young/Jason Lee (PSU) 8-6
3. Alexander Teppert/Ricardo Martin (WIS) def. Christopher Hasyn/Bryan Welnetz (PSU) 8-3

Match Notes:
Penn State 10-15, 0-7
Wisconsin 9-11, 3-4; National ranking #73
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,3,1,4,5,2)

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Julie McKay
UW Athletic Communications

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