The No. 34-ranked Badgers fell 4-3 to No. 39 East Tennessee State at the Boyd Tinsley Courts in Charlottesville, Va on Friday. The Badgers drop to 5-1 on the season, as East Tennessee State improves to 1-1.
The match opened with doubles play, where the Buccaneers took two of three matches to win the point. At the No. 1 position, junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka teamed up to take on Enrique Oliveras and Alex Ahlgren. The Badger pair won 8-5 for Wisconsins only doubles win of the match. With the win, Baumann and Michalicka improve to 4-0 on the season.
The junior pair of Luke Rassow-Kantor and Michael Muskievicz took on Charles Bottoni and Grega Teraz at the No. 2 spot. Rassow-Kantor and Muskievicz couldnt continue their undefeated doubles run, as they fell 8-3, dropping them down to a 5-1 so far. The doubles point was won when East Tennessee States Robin Akser and Daniel Isaza defeated junior Michael Dierberger and freshman Patrick Pohlmann 8-5. The match marked Pohlmanns first for the Badgers.
Play in singles started with the Badgers down 0-1. Pohlmann quickly tied it up as he defeated Ahlgren at the No. 4 position. In his first singles match as a Badger, Pohlmann displayed dominating play as he won in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 to tie the match at 1-1.
Next to finish was No. 117-ranked Baumann, who defeated Bottoni also in straight sets. Baumann stays undefeated in singles, as the 7-5, 6-3 win improves his record to 6-0. The win also gave the Badgers a 2-1 lead.
However, the lead was short-lived as Dierberger was defeated by Sander Gille at the No. 5 spot. Dierberger lost the first set 6-1, and was winning the second briefly before Gille came back to take the set 6-4. The loss drops Dierberger to 2-1 on the season.
The match was tied 2-2 when the Buccaneers regained the lead. Playing at the No. 1 position, No.36-ranked Michalicka was defeated by the No. 9-ranked Oliveras. The first set was very close, but was won by Oliveras, 7-6 (8). In the second, Oliveras play proved to be too much as he took the set 6-2 to win the match. Michalicka moves to 3-1 this season after the loss.
The match was clinched for East Tennessee State when sophomore Peter Marrack fell to Isaza at the No. 6 spot. Marrack played hard, but couldnt pull out the win as he dropped straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. The loss ended Marracks 5-match singles winning streak, as he moves to 5-1 on the season.
The match came to a close when Rassow-Kantor defeated Teraz playing at the No. 3 position. After losing the first set 6-3, Rassow-Kantor battled back and won the second set 7-6 (5), and then took the third set tiebreak 10-8 to take the match. The win improves Rassow-Kantor to 4-2 in singles.
The Badgers continue play tomorrow as they take on the loser of the match between Virginia and Arkansas at 2 p.m. in Charlottesville.