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Wisconsin shuts out Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament


ON WISCONSIN <b>Chris Freeman picked up UW's first singles win at the No. 4 flight.</b>
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Chris Freeman picked up UW's first singles win at the No. 4 flight.
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April 30, 2010

Tournament Central

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin proved they are a force to be reckoned with after sweeping the Golden Gophers, 4-0, in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. With the win, the Badgers will get its rematch with No. 1 seeded Ohio State in the semifinals.

After earning a bye in the first round, fourth-seeded Wisconsin took out fifth-seeded Minnesota for the second time this year after a 5-2 victory less than two weeks ago. Wisconsin improves to 19-7 overall as it prepares for a Buckeye team (30-1; 11-0 Big Ten) who is riding a Big Ten tournament win streak of 13 victories.

The Badgers opened strong, stealing the doubles point with wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. The No.14-ranked duo of Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka finished first, easily taking out Julian Dehn and Tobias Wernt, 8-2. The duo improves to 10-4 in dual matches this season.

Senior Luke Rassow-Kantor and freshman Chris Freeman lost at the No. 3 position, adding pressure to the No. 2 team to win the doubles point. Senior Michael Dierberger and sophomore Patrick Pohlmann thrived under pressure. The No. 2 duo pulled out a 9-7 victory over Dino Bilankov and Sebastian Gallego, giving Wisconsin a 1-0 advantage over the Golden Gophers.

Wisconsin swept Minnesota in singles, winning the first set in all six positions. Freeman overpowered Bilankov in straight 6-2 sets while No. 28 Marek Michalicka dominated No. 106 Wernet, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 2 flight. Baumann returned to the No. 1 slot to take on Gallego in which he won the first set 6-2 before the match was retired in the second set due to the win.

Freshman Billy Bertha sealed the win for the Badgers with his 6-3, 6-3 victory over Brendan Ruddock.

The Badgers take on Ohio State on Saturday, May 1 at 9 a.m. (CT) in Bloomington, Ind. Wisconsin, who dropped a 4-3 contest to the Buckeyes less than a week ago, seek their first Big Ten tournament title. Last year the Buckeyes shut out the Badgers, 4-0, in a quarterfinal matchup. Wisconsin's last semifinal appearance was in 2008, dropping a 4-1 decision to Illinois.

Check back to UWBadgers.com for continuous Big Ten Tournament coverage.

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By Megan S. Kelley
Wisconsin Athletic Communications


Tennis Match Results
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Apr 30, 2010 at Bloomington, Ind.
(IU Tennis Center)

#27 Wisconsin 4, #32 Minnesota 0

Singles competition

1. #22 Moritz Baumann (WIS) vs. #64 Sebastian Gallego (MINN) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
2. #28 Marek Michalicka (WIS) def. #106 Tobias Wernet (MINN) 6-1, 6-1
3. Patrick Pohlmann (WIS) vs. Rok Bonin (MINN) 6-1, 2-5, unfinished
4. Chris Freeman (WIS) def. Dino Bilankov (MINN) 6-2, 6-2
5. Luke Rassow-Kantor (WIS) vs. Phillip Arndt (MINN) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
6. Billy Bertha (WIS) def. Brendan Ruddock (MINN) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #14 Moritz Baumann/Marek Michalicka (WIS) def. Julian Dehn/Tobias Wernet (MINN) 8-2
2. Mike Dierberger/Patrick Pohlmann (WIS) def. Dino Bilankov/Sebastian Gallego (MINN) 9-7
3. Phillip Arndt/Rok Bonin (MINN) def. Chris Freeman/Luke Rassow-Kantor (WIS) 8-3

Match Notes:
Minnesota 13-9; National ranking #32
Wisconsin 18-6; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,6)

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