The No. 34-ranked Badgers defeated the No. 45 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks 4-3 this afternoon at the Boyd Tinsley Tennis Courts in Charlottesville, VA.
The match started with doubles play, as Wisconsin won the doubles point by winning two of the three matches. Junior Luke Rassow-Kantor was paired up with freshman Patrick Pohlmann, as they took on Tyler Tarnasky and Bradwin Williams. The Badger duo played strong in their first match together, as they won 8-4.
Playing at the No. 3 position, junior Michael Dierberger and sophomore Peter Marrack teamed up against Dmitry Lebedev and Christopher Nott. However, the Arkansas pair was too much for Dierberger and Marrack, as they were defeated 8-4.
The doubles point was won when junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka defeated the No.14-ranked doubles pair of Blake Strode and Matt Hogan. The match was very close, but after Arkansas tied it at 6-6, Baumann and Michalicka won the next two games to win the match 8-6. The pair remains undefeated with the win, as they improve to 5-0 so far.
With Wisconsin leading 1-0, the teams took to the court in singles play. Rassow-Kantor was first to finish as he was defeated by Nott at the No. 3 position. After playing so well in doubles, Rassow-Kantor couldnt pull out the singles win, as he fell 6-0, 6-1. The loss drops him to 4-3 on the season.
The Badgers regained the lead when No. 117-ranked Baumann defeated No. 39 Hogan at the No. 2 spot. Baumann continued his dominating play from doubles as he won the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. With the win, Baumann improves to 7-0 in singles.
With the score 2-1, the Razorbacks were quick to answer as Lebedev defeated Pohlmann to hand him his first loss of the season. After losing a close first set 7-5, Pohlmann couldnt recover as Lebedev won the second 6-1 to take the match.
No. 36-ranked Michalicka finished next at the No. 1 position as he fell to No. 15-ranked Strode. Michalicka dropped his first set 6-0, but battled back in the second to force a tiebreak. However, Michalicka couldnt pull out the win as he lost the second set 7-6 (7-4). With the loss, Michalicka drops to 3-2 on the season.
With the Badgers down 3-2, Marrack finished next as he defeated Williams at the No. 6 slot. Williams took the first set 6-4, but Marrack came back and after winning the second set 6-3, Marrack beat Williams 7-5 in the final set to put Wisconsin in a 3-3 tie.
The match came to a close when Dierberger defeated Tarnasky to give the Badgers a 4-3 win. Playing at the No. 5 spot, Dierberger won the second and third sets to take the match. With his 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win, Dierberger improves to 3-1 in singles play.
The Badgers face Louisville next on Sunday, February 8th at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. The match will begin at 11 a.m.