April 22, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team (12-11, 4-7) overcame an early deficit to defeat Nebraska, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Nebraska Tennis Center.
The win moves UW into eighth place in the Big Ten standings and sets up a rematch against Nebraska in the opening round of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament next weekend.
Nebraska took a 1-0 lead after sweeping the Badgers in doubles.
Chris Aumueller and Tom Blackwell started the sweep for the Cornhuskers with an 8-4 victory over Quinton Vega and Alex Robles.
At No. 2 doubles, Alexander Kostanov and Rod Carey dropped their match to Benedikt Lindheim and Rober Schulze by a score of 8-3, clinching the doubles point for the Cornhuskers.
The sweep was completed when Billy Bertha and Fredrik Ask had their three-match win streak snapped due to an 8-7 (7-2) loss to Eric Sock and Andre Stenger.
After getting down 1-0, UW responded by winning the next three points to take control of the match.
Carey led the charge by earning an easy victory over Lindheim, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 2 singles.
Petr Satral was the second Badger to earn a win. He scored a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Stenger to give UW its first lead of the match.
At No. 6 singles, Bertha extended his match win streak to four with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Drew Freeman, giving the Badgers a 3-1 lead.
Nebraska stopped the Badgers’ run with a victory from its No. 1 singles player, Aumueller. He topped Ask, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.
The Cornhuskers then leveled the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 7-5 win from Robert Schulze over Vega at No. 3 singles.
The No. 5 singles match between Kostanov and Blackwell was the deciding match. Kostanov lost the first set, 6-4, but he picked up his play and won the second set 6-4 to force the match into a third set. In the third, Kostanov jumped out to an early 5-1 lead before closing out the match with a 6-2 victory.
Times for the conference tournament have not yet been released, but the Badgers will play on April 27 in Evanston, Ill. Check back to UWBadgers.com for the most up to date information.
Wisconsin 4 Nebraska 3
1. Sock/Stenger (NU) def. Ask/Bertha (Wis.), 8-7 (7-2)
2. Lindheim/Schulze (NU) def. Kostanov/Carey (Wis), 8-3
3. Aumueller/Blackwell (NU) def. Vega/Robles (Wis), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Christopher Aumueller (NU) def. Fredrik Ask (Wis), 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
2. Rod Carey (Wis) def. Benedikt Lindheim (NU), 6-3, 6-0
3. Robert Schulze (NU) def. Quinton Vega (Wis), 7-6, 7-5
4. Petr Satral (Wis) def. Andre Stenger (NU), 6-0, 6-3
5. Alexander Kostanov (Wis) def. Tom Blackwell (NU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Billy Bertha (Wis) def. Drew Freeman (NU), 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 4, 6, 1, 3, 5