April 20, 2012
Final Stats |
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team kicked off its final weekend of the regular season by defeating Iowa, 5-2, Friday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Center.
The win over the Hawkeyes moves the Badgers into ninth place and gives UW a chance to pass Nebraska for eighth place when the two schools face off on Sunday.
“It was our last conference match at home, and I think it was great to be able to play your last home match and go out with a win,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh said.
After dropping the doubles point in its previous two matches, Wisconsin was able to secure the opening point against Iowa.
At No. 2 doubles Rod Carey and Alexander Kostanov fell to Jonas Dierckz and Matt Hagan, 8-1. Wisconsin evened the doubles when Alex Robles and Quinton Vega topped Will Vasos and Tom Mroziewicz, 8-3.
With the doubles split, it came down to No. 1 doubles where Billy Bertha and Fredrik Ask clinch the doubles point by scoring an 8-5 victory over Garret Dunn and Michael Swank.
Using the momentum from doubles, Bertha dropped just one game to Swank in singles play with a 6-1, 6-0 win, giving UW a 2-0 lead.
Wisconsin took a 3-0 lead when Carey defeated Vasos at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 7-5.
The Hawkeyes got on the board after Dunn put together a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 victory over Kostanov, but Petr Satral clinched the match for UW. He topped Joey White 7-6 (7-5) in the first set and then won the second set with one break, 6-4.
At No. 1 singles, Ask snapped his losing streak by defeating Hagan, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, in a tight two-set match.
Vega’s match against Dierckz was the only match to go into three sets. Vega won the first set 7-6 (11-9), but dropped the second set, 6-2, and the match tiebreaker, 10-6.
The Badgers are away Sunday for their last Big Ten regular season match. Wisconsin faces Nebraska at noon on Sunday.
Wisconsin 5 Iowa 2
1) Fredrik Ask/Billy Bertha def. Garret Dunn/Michael Swank: 8-5
2) Jonas Dierckz/Matt Hagan def. Alexander Kostanov/Rod Carey: 8-1
3) Alex Robles/Quinton Vega def. Will Vasos/Tom Mroziewicz: 8-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1) Fredrik Ask def. Matt Hagan: 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
2) Rod Carey def. Will Vasos: 6-2, 7-5
3) Jonas Dierckx def. Quinton Vega: 6-7 (9), 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
4) Garret Dunn def. Alexander Kostanov: 7-6 (4), 6-1
5) Petr Satral def. Joey White: 7-6 (5), 6-4
6) Billy Bertha def. Michael Swank: 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 2, 4, 5, 1, 3