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No. 28 Badgers Drop Close One to No. 14 Wake Forest



The No. 28 University of Wisconsin mens tennis team fell to No. 14 Wake Forest 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in Winston Salem, N.C., its second loss to a top-20 team in as many days.

The Badgers (4-2), which lost to No. 20 North Carolina State on Saturday, got swept in three doubles matches and then took three of the seven singles matches.

Wake Forest (3-0) took each doubles match by a score of 8-3.

At No. 1 doubles, the 45th-ranked team of Carlos Salmon and Mariusz Adamski defeated the Badgers 26th-ranked pair of Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) and sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor (Westport, Conn.).

No. 2 doubles also featured a match-up of ranked teams. Wake Forest again got the better of the match as the No. 21 team of Cory Parr and Steven Forman beat the 42nd-ranked Wisconsin duo of senior Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany).

The team of sophomore Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) and freshman Peter Marrack (Mississauga, Ontario) fell at No. 3 doubles. The pair lost to the team of Andrew Brasseaux and Iain Atkinson.

After falling behind 1-0, the Badgers evened up the match as sophomore Marek Michalicka (Ricany, Czech Republic) won at No. 4 singles. Michalicka, now 5-0 in singles matches this year, defeated Atkinson 6-3, 6-2.

Wake Forest retook the lead at 2-1 with a win at No. 5 singles. Jonathon Wolff bested Rassow-Kantor in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

The Demon Deacons extended their lead to 3-1 when Adamski defeated Sonkin. The match was close, but Adamski prevailed 6-4, 7-5.

Wisconsin cut the lead to 3-2 when Baumann won a match-up of top-100 players. Baumann, ranked No. 39, took out Parr, ranked No. 64, in three sets. Baumann took the first set 6-3, before Parr responded with a 6-4 win in set number two. Baumann answered back though and took the final set 6-3.

The match was ultimately decided at No. 6 singles. Jason Morgenstern beat senior Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the match for the Demon Deacons.

The Badgers ended the match on a bit of a high note, however winning at No. 2 singles. In the second top-100 match-up of the day, Polley (No. 100) beat Forman (No. 91) in three sets. Forman took the first set 6-3, but Polley rallied back to win the last two sets. He took the second set 7-5 and the third set 7-6 (9-7).

The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team returns to action Saturday Feb. 9, when it travels to South Bend, Ind. to take on No. 11 Notre Dame.

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