The No. 38 University of Wisconsin mens tennis team lost in a heartbreaker of a match to No. 42 Louisville 4-3 on Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
The Badgers started off the match by sweeping Louisville to win the doubles point. At the No. 3 position, sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor paired up with freshman Patrick Pohlmann to defeat Viktor Maksimcuk and Robert Hall. The Wisconsin duo started off the match strong, and didnt let up, as they won 8-3. The pair improves to 2-0 on the season.
The doubles point was then clinched when the junior pair of Michael Muskievicz and Michael Dierberger took on Robert Rotaru and Alejandro Calligari at the No. 2 spot. Dierberger and Muskievicz also showed strong play, as they defeated the Cardinal pair by a score of 8-5.
Wisconsin took the sweep as junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka paired up at the No. 1 position to defeat Austen and Simon Childs. After going down 2-3, the Badger pair came back to take a 5-4 lead and didnt look back as they won the match 8-4. The doubles win keeps the pair undefeated, as they improve to 6-0 so far this the season.
The players took to the singles court with the Badgers leading 1-0. First to finish was Pohlmann, as he took on Rotartu at the No. 4 position. Pohlmann continued his dominating play from doubles, as he won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. The win improves Pohlmann to 2-1 in singles at the No. 4 spot.
The Badger lead was 2-0 when the Cardinals won their first point. At the No. 3 position, Rassow-Kantor fell to Maksimcuk in straight sets, 1-6, 1-6. Rassow-Kantor just couldnt find the shots he was hitting during doubles, as the loss moves him to 4-4 in singles this season.
Next to finish was Dierberger, who took on Calligari at the No. 6 spot. After dropping the first set, Dierberger couldnt come back, as he lost in straight sets 4-6, 3-6. The loss tied the match at 2-2, while Dierberger goes to 3-2 in singles.
Louisville then took the lead as Peter Marrack was defeated by Hall at the No. 5 position. Marrack came in to play singles after not playing in doubles, but Hall was too much for him as he fell in straight sets, 4-6, 2-6. With the loss, Marrack is now 6-2 in singles play so far this season.
With the Badgers now down 3-2, No. 117 Baumann was next to finish as he took on No. 65-ranked Simon Childs at the No. 2 slot. Baumann took the first set 6-3, but Childs forced a third set after winning the second 2-6. With the score tied 4-4, Baumann took the last two games to win set 6-4, which gave him the match. Baumann stays undefeated in singles with the win, as he improves to 8-0.
With the match now tied at 3-3, all eyes turned to the No. 1 position where No. 36-ranked Michalicka took on No. 47-ranked Austen Childs. After losing the first set 3-6, Michalicka came back and won the second set 6-2. Michalicka was down 4-1 in the third when he won the next two games to make it 4-3. However, Michalicka couldnt battle any longer, as he dropped the last two games to lose the match 3-6.
The loss drops the Badgers to 6-2 on the season, as Louisville improves to 7-1. Wisconsin will get a little time off as the teams next match doesnt come until Sunday, February 22 when the Badgers will host No. 21 Wake Forest. The start time for the match is 12 p.m.