Oct. 18, 2010
• Wildcat Fall Invitational Results | Futures Qualifying Results
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men’s tennis team continued its fall play over the weekend as five Badgers competed in the Wildcat Fall Invitational hosted by Northwestern, and senior Marek Michalicka participated in the International Tennis Federation USA F26 Futures Qualifying competition in Austin, Texas.
Representing Wisconsin and his native Czech Republic, Michalicka came out strong against Miguel-Angle Reyes-Varela (MEX) in the first round at the Futures Qualifying competition. He fell early in the first set, 2-6, but came back with a 6-4 second-set win. The senior finished things off with a 6-4 win in the third set to move through to the second round of play.
Michalicka took on Denis Kudla (USA) in the second round. Kudla earned an early 6-3 first-set win. Michalicka was unable to get the momentum back on his side and fell, 6-4, in the second set to end the match. The loss ended Michalicka’s play in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Ricardo Martin, Alexander Teppert, Alex Robles, and Petr Satral represented the Badgers in Evanston, Ill., where they faced DePaul, Iowa, Marquette, Purdue, Western Michigan, and host Northwestern at the Wildcat Fall Invitational.
Martin got off to a good start on Friday as he matched up against Northwestern’s Chris Jackman. The Badger sophomore fell in the first set, 3-6, but fought back to take the 6-3 second-set win. With the momentum on his side, Martin won the third set, 1-0 (5).
On Saturday, Martin fell to Depaul’s Seven Kasper, 6-3, 6-0, to put him in the consolation braket for Saturday evening. Martin then dropped a three-set match to Marquette’s Collins, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6), but came back on Sunday to defeat MU’s Perim, 7-6, 6-4, to end his weekend play on a winning note.
Satral joined Martin in the Invitational’s Flight A, taking on Ben Hartman of Depaul on Friday. Satral followed suite grabbing a quick 6-3, 6-2, win.
The true freshman also struggled on Saturday morning, falling in a tough three-set match to the Wildcats’ Balaji, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (5). Satral paired up against Perim on Saturday afternoon in the consolation braket, but the Golden Eagle proved to be too much for the freshman as Satral fell, 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (3). Satral wrapped up the tournament with a 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (4) win over MU's Collins.
Robles started things off on a good note for Wisconsin in the Flight B bracket, matched up against MU’s Ravel on Friday. Robles earned an early 6-2 win in the first set but fell, 6-2, in the second. The Badger fought back to earn the 1-0 (4) third set for the match win.
The win matched Robles up with Western Michigan’s Olivarez on Saturday morning. Olivarez earned the first-set win, 6-4, but Robles came back with a 7-5 second set win. Olivarez came out on top with a 1-0 (8) third set to put Robles in the consolation bracket against Iowa’s Dierdex.
Robles fell to Dierdex on Saturday afternoon, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (4), but finished the weekend off with a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (3) win over Iowa’s Beckert in an alternate match.
Teppert’s play this weekend looked similar to the other Badgers’, coming out with an early win over Purdue’s Matt Manassee. Teppert defeated the Boilermaker, 6-3, 6-0, but was not able to carry the momentum through to Saturday morning’s match.
Western Michigan's Casey Cullen defeated Teppert, 6-3, 6-2, to put the Badger in the consolation bracket alongside teammate Robles. Teppert fell to Iowa’s Beckert, 7-6, 6-1, but finished with a 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (6) win over Dierdex in alternate play.
The four Badgers also saw time in doubles play during the Wildcat Invitational, with pairings of Satral and Martin, and Teppert and Robles.
Teppert and Robles fell in all three of their matches. The duo first faced off against Manasse (PU) and Beckert (Iowa), but could not get things started falling in the 8-3 match.
The pair continued play on Friday evening challenging Purdue’s Heuer and Englebrecht. Despite a better match, the Badger pair fell, 9-7, to put them in the consolation bracket. Teppert and Robles lost their final match on Saturday night to Iowa’s Zotov and Gortworst, 8-5.
Satral and Martin found better success in doubles play, earning a first match win over Marquette’s Munoz and Collins. The Badgers defeated the Golden Eagles, 8-4.
The Badger pair faced a tougher opponent in Western Michigan’s Calderon and Komada on Friday night, and despite their good showing, Satral and Martin couldn’t finish things off in the 9-7 loss.
Satral and Martin came back on Saturday night as they took on Northwestern’s Balaji and Jackman in consolation play. The two teams battled it out in the close match but Satral and Martin came out on top, 8-8 (7-4), to end their weekend play with a victory.
The Badgers continue fall play next weekend at the ITA Midwest Regionals, hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 22-25.