The No. 50 Wisconsin mens tennis team added another impressive win to its resume on Friday night, defeating No. 56 Western Michigan at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
After losing two of their three doubles matches to fall behind 1-0 in the match, the Badgers strung together five straight singles wins to claim the match, improving to 5-1 on the season.
Team captain Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) clinched the match for UW with the fourth singles win of the day, 6-4, 6-3, over Kevin Hayward at No. 3 singles.
UWs sensational new import, Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany), followed with a very impressive performance at the No. 2 position. The lefty, playing through a foot injury, beat No. 52 Brady Crosby, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 7-5.
The bottom half of Wisconsins lineup came out on fire, claiming the first three singles matches of the night.
Freshman Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) took care of a second set tiebreaker to hold off Alex Birchmeier, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) at No. 4 singles. Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) had no trouble at No. 5, beating John Pelton, 6-2, 6-1, and Michael Muskievicz (Homewood, Ill.) held down UWs final position with a 6-3, 6-2 win. Nolan Polley fell just short at No. 1 singles, losing to Tim Bradshaw, 6-6, 2-6, 6-4.
The Broncos (5-4) were able to capture the doubles point from UW. Bellido/Kasarovs prevailed over Bradshaw/Hayward, 8-7 (7-3), in Wisconsins only doubles win. Dierberger/Muskievicz dropped their set, 8-6, to Crosby/Pelton, giving the freshmen just their second loss in 14 tries since last fall. Polley/Baumann were also defeated, 8-3, by Norville/Birchmeier at the No. 1 doubles spot.
The Badgers now shift their focus towards Sundays doubleheader that features the opening of their Big Ten campaign. At noon, UW will attempt to win its first Big Ten opener in the last five years when No. 51 Penn State arrives for a dual. Following their match against the Nittany Lions, Wisconsin will face in-state rival UW-Green Bay, with play beginning at 5:30 p.m. Both matches will take place at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.