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Badgers off to 4-0 start



The No. 31-ranked Wisconsin mens tennis team defeated Northern Illinois 5-2 for their second win on Sunday and their fourth of the weekend.

The Badgers won two of the three doubles matches to claim the doubles point.

For the second straight match, the pair of junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka recorded a win at the No. 1 position. The Badger duo defeated Matt Hansen and Jurica Grubisic in strong fashion as they won the match 8-2.

The doubles point was won when sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor and junior Michael Muskievicz defeated Alfonso Monroy and Adnan Sose. Playing at the No. 2 position for the third time this weekend, the pair improves to 3-0 with the 8-2 victory today.

At the No. 3 position, sophomore Peter Marrack and freshman Michael Koval were looking to make it a sweep in the doubles as they took on Shaun Stewart and Ross Vanderploeg. Both teams played hard, forcing the match into a tiebreak, but the Badger pair couldnt pull out the win as they fell 8-7.

Singles play came next, with the Badgers leading 1-0. Muskievicz was the first to finish, as he defeated Vanderploeg in straight sets 7-5, 6-2. The win improves Muskievicz to 3-1 for the spring, while the Badger lead moved to 2-0.

Next to finish was No. 36-ranked Michalicka, who was playing at the No. 1 position. Michalicka recorded a straight sets win over Grubisic, 6-3, 6-5. With the win, Michalicka improves to 2-0 on the season.

Wisconsin had at 3-0 lead when Marrack finished his singles match against Monroy. Playing at the No.4 position, as he had all weekend, Marrack opened strong in the first set, and didnt let up as he won the match 6-0, 6-4. Marrack improves his singles record to 4-0 for the spring.

Baumann finished next, as he defeated Shaun Stewart to give the Badgers a 5-0 lead. Baumann continued the tough play that he had shown all weekend as he won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. With the win, Baumann also moves to a perfect 4-0.

Wisconsin surrendered its first point late in the match when Koval was defeated by Javier Bernabe. Playing at the No. 6 spot, Koval just couldnt get the shots he needed as he lost 4-6, 4-6, which gives him a record of 3-1.

With the score 5-1, the match came to a close as Rassow-Kantor lost to Hansen. After Hansen won the first set 6-4, he really turned it up and stunned Rassow-Kantor in the second set 6-2. After the loss, Rassow-Kantor drops to 2-2 on the season.

The Badgers continue play on Tuesday, Jan. 27 as they travel to Marquette. The match start time is 6 p.m.

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