The No. 43-ranked Wisconsin Badgers defeated No. 21 Wake Forest 4-3 in a thrilling match on Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
The Badgers started off strong as they swept the Demon Deacons in all three doubles matches. First to finish was at the No. 1 position where the No. 18-ranked Badger pair of junior Mortiz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka defeated the No.1 doubles pair in the country of Cory Parr and Steven Forman. The Wisconsin duo was down 4-3 before winning the next five straight games to win the match 8-4. With the win, the No-18 ranked pair keeps their unbeaten streak alive as they improve to 7-0.
The doubles point was clinched at the No. 2 spot when sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor and freshman Patrick Pohlmann teamed up to defeat Andrew Brasseaux and David Hopkins. The pair came out strong taking a 3-0 lead early, and didnt let up. The Badger duo only gave up two games, as they won the match 8-2. The win improves the duo to 3-0 so far this season.
At the No. 3 position, the junior pair of Michael Dierberger and Michael Muskievicz defeated Jason Morgenstern and Jonathan Wolff to sweep the doubles matches. The Wisconsin team jumped out to an early 2-1 lead, but lost the next two games to go down 3-2. From then on it was a back-and-forth battle, and after Wake Forest forced the tiebreak at 8-8, the Badger pair put them away, winning the match 9-8 (2). With the win, the team moves to 2-0 together.
Wisconsin led 1-0 going into singles, however the lead didnt last long. Wake Forest tied it up when Hopkins defeated Dierberger in straight sets at the No. 5 position. Dierberger just couldnt pull out a win, as he fell 4-6, 4-6. With the loss Dierberger moves to 3-3 on the season.
Wisconsin quickly regained the lead when No. 18 Baumann defeated Forman at the No. 2 slot. Forman played tough, but Baumann was on his game today, as he won in straight sets 7-6, 7-5. With the win, Baumann remains undefeated as he improves to 9-0 in singles this season.
The score was 2-1 in favor of the Badgers when Pohlmann added to the lead by defeating Brasseaux at the No. 3 position. After winning the first set 7-5, Pohlmann turned it up a notch and won the second set 6-1 to give Wisconsin a 3-1 lead. Pohlmanns win improves him to 3-1 on the season.
Next to finish was the match between Muskievicz and Wolff at the No. 4 spot. After dropping the first set 5-7, Muskievicz looked to be coming back in the second, but couldnt hang on as he lost in a tiebreak, 6-7 (4). With the loss, Muskievicz moves to 3-3 in singles.
Wisconsin was leading 3-2 when No. 43-ranked Parr defeated No. 60 Michalicka at the No. 1 position. After dropping the first set 1-6, Michalicka battled back and won the second in a tiebreak 7-6 (6). However, Parr proved to be too much for him, as he lost the third set 4-6. Michalicka drops to 3-4 on the season with the loss.
With the match tied up at 3-3, all eyes turned to the No. 6 position where sophomore Peter Marrack was playing Morgenstern. After winning the first set 6-3, Marrack lost the second 1-6, which forced the match to go to a third a final set. Both players were fighting hard to record the win for their teams, and after going down 4-3, Marrack came back and won the match 7-5 to give the Badgers a 4-3 win.
The Badgers improve to 7-2 so far this season with the victory. Next, Wisconsin will host North Carolina State on Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m. at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers will also be playing Notre Dame on Sunday, March 1 at 12 p.m.