The 28th-ranked University of Wisconsin mens tennis snapped a five-match losing streak with a 6-1 win over Marquette Wednesday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers swept the doubles matches and recorded wins in five of the six singles matches.
The Badgers (5-5) captured the early momentum, sweeping all three doubles matches and taking a 1-0 lead.
The 42nd-ranked duo of senior Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Moritz Baumann got things started with a win over Mark Rutherford and Trent Hagan at No. 2 doubles. The Badger duo won 8-4.
Wisconsin got the clinching point with a win at No. 3 doubles. Sophomores Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Michael Muskievicz had little trouble putting away the duo of Dusan Medan and Niko Boulieris, prevailing with an 8-2 win.
The sweep was completed when the 26th-ranked duo of senior Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) and sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor (Westport, Conn.) won at No. 1 doubles over Brett Binkley and Stephen Shao. It was a tight match with neither team taking a lead larger than two games. With the doubles point secured, the match went to a super tiebreaker and the Badgers prevailed 8-7 (7-3).
Polley continued his solid play with a win at No. 1 singles. Polley jumped out to a 3-0 in each set en route to a 6-3, 6-1 straight-set victory over Hagan.
The lead was extended to 3-0 when Muskievicz won his match at No. 5 singles. Muskievicz made quick work of Rutherford with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Sophomore Marek Michalicka (Ricany, Czech Republic) earned the winning point for the Badgers with his win at No. 2 singles. Michalicka, who is now 9-0 on the year, triumphed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Medan.
Freshman Peter Marrack (Mississauga, Ontario) pushed the lead to 5-0 with a victory at No. 4 singles. Marrack downed Boulieris by a score of 6-4, 7-6 (3). Trailing 5-4 in the second set, Marrack rallied to force a tiebreaker before prevailing.
Marquette (7-4) got on the board with a win at No. 3 singles. Shao defeated Sonkin in a three set tiebreaker. Sonkin took the first set 6-4, but Shao battled back to win the second set 7-5. In a third-set tiebreaker, Shao came away with a 10-8 win.
The final match of the evening came at No. 6 singles. Senior Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) won in straight sets over Binkley 7-5, 6-1. In the first set, Bellido found himself down 5-4 before rallying back and winning the final three games. In the second set Bellido dropped the first game, but won the next six to close out the match.
The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team returns to action March 8 when they open their Big Ten season with a home match against Northwestern. Match time is set for 2 p.m. at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.