The 28th-ranked University of Wisconsin mens tennis team fell to 20th-ranked North Carolina State 5-2 at the Andy Andrews Indoor Tennis Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C.
The Wolfpack (4-1) took the first point of the match by winning two of the three doubles matches.
It was a battle of ranked doubles teams at No. 1 doubles, but NC State prevailed. The 16th-ranked team of Nick Cavaday and Jay Weinacker beat the Badgers 26th-ranked team of senior Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) and sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor (Westport, Conn.) by a score of 8-4.
NC State clinched the doubles point by winning the match at No. 2 doubles. James McGee and Christian Welte knocked off the team of sophomores Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany) and Marek Michalicka (Ricany, Czech Republic) 8-2.
The Badgers (4-1) were able to salvage the match at No. 3 doubles. Senior Nolan Polley and sophomore Michael Dierberger teamed up to knock off the pair of David Rozek and Derek Stephens. Polley and Dierberger took the match 8-1.
Baumann, making his season debut, took on McGee at No. 1 singles. Ranked No. 39 in the college tennis rankings, Baumann fell in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
At No. 2 singles, Cavaday won in straight sets over Polley (No. 100). Cavaday took the match 6-3, 7-5.
The Wolfpack kept it going, winning again at No. 3 singles. Weinacker knocked off Sonkin in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
The Badgers got on the board at No. 4 singles. Michalicka improved to 4-0 in his Badger career with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Stephens.
At No. 5 singles, Rassow-Kantor faced off against Welte. Welte prevailed in a two-set tiebreaker, winning 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Dierberger earned the Badgers second point on the day when he knocked off Eric Turner at No. 6 singles. Dierberger took the match 6-1, 6-1.
The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team returns to action tomorrow, Feb. 3, when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on No. 14 Wake Forest. Match time is set for 11 a.m. (CT).