The Badger mens tennis team fell short Saturday afternoon as they dropped to No. 40 Northwestern, 4-3, in its Big Ten Conference dual season opener. Wisconsins record dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten competition. The Wildcats improved to 9-4 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.
In the two of the six singles pairings in which Wisconsin came out on top, the match was sent to three sets. At the No. 1 spot, junior Alex Kasarov defeated Tommy Hanus 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
The second thrilling UW victory came at the No. 4 slot, as senior co-captain Scott Green defeated Willy Lock in the tiebreaker 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7).
The Badgers fought hard in doubles play, capturing two of three matches to win the doubles point.
Fortieth-ranked duo Alex Kasarov and senior co-captain David Hippee took down Northwesterns top pair, Chuck Perrin and Justin Hoeveler, 8-6.
Also posting a win in doubles at No. 2 slot of the Badgers, Scott Green and sophomore Alex Conti held off Tommy Hanus and Christian Tempke, 8-6.
Wisconsin returns to competition Wednesday, March 3, as it travels to Milwaukee, Wis., to face inter-state rival Marquette (4-3). The match is set to begin at 4 p.m.