The No. 39 Wisconsin Badgers defeated No. 40 North Carolina State Saturday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers swept all three doubles matches, and won four of the six singles matches en route to a 5-2 win.
The match started off well for Wisconsin, as the team won each of its doubles matches. First to finish was the junior pair of Michael Dierberger and Michael Muskievicz who were playing at the No. 3 position. The Badger duo defeated Frideric Prandecki and Rob Lowe 8-5. With the win, the pair improves to 3-0.
The Badgers clinched the doubles point when sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor and freshman Patrick Pohlmann defeated No. 38-ranked Jay Weinacker and Jaime Pulgar at the No. 2 spot. The pair displayed very strong play, as they defeated the Wolf Pack team 8-3. The win moves the duo to 6-1 so far this season.
Wisconsin concluded its doubles sweep when the No. 18 doubles pair of sophomore Marek Michalicka and junior Moritz Baumann defeated Christian Welte and Julian Sullivan at the No. 1 position. The match was a tough one, and the Wolf Pack duo did not go quietly. However, the Badgers edged out an 8-6 win. The Badger pair remains undefeated with the win, as they improve to 8-0.
With the Badgers leading 1-0, singles play got underway. No. 36 Baumann, who was playing at the No. 1 position, was first to finish as he defeated No. 89 Weinacker in straight sets. Baumann was looking to remain undefeated in singles, and he did just that with the dominating 6-2, 6-4 win. Baumann improves to 10-0 this season.
With the score now 2-0 in favor of Wisconsin, Pohlmann finished next when he defeated Sullivan at the No. 4 spot. Pohlmann carried his hard and dominating play over from doubles, as he recorded a 6-3, 6-4, straight sets win. With the win, the Badgers were out to an early 3-0 lead, while Pohlmann improves to 4-1 on the season.
NC State finally got on the board as Pulgar defeated Rassow-Kantor at the No. 3 slot. After losing the first set 5-7, Rassow-Kantor came out strong in the second and after going up 4-3, lost three straight games to lose 4-6. The loss drops Rassow-Kantor to 4-5 so far this season.
The Badgers clinched the match when sophomore Peter Marrack defeated Eric Turner at the No. 6 position. Marrack, who clinched the match against Wake Forest on Sunday, Feb. 22, won in similar fashion on Saturday. After winning the first set 6-2, Marrack dropped the second 3-6, forcing a third set. Marrack made quick work of Turner in the third, as he won 6-2, to win the match. With the win, Marrack improves to 8-2 in singles.
The score was 4-1 when the Wolf Pack recorded their second point. At the No. 5 spot, Derek Stephens defeated Dierberger in three sets. After dropping the first set 4-6, Dierberger dominated the second and won 6-2 to force a third set. Unfortunately, he couldnt keep it up, and fell 4-6. The loss moves Dierberger to 3-4 on the season.
The match concluded when No. 60 Michalicka defeated No. 91 Welte at the No. 2 position. Michalicka won the first set 7-6, and after going down 5-3 in the second, battled back to win 7-6 again. The win improves Michalicka to 4-4 this season.
Wisconsin takes on No. 25 Notre Dame tomorrow at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Remember, Coach Van Emburgh is trying to set a new attendance record for the weekend, so please come down for the match. If you cant make it, be sure to check back to UWBadgers.com tomorrow for the live blog. The match will begin at noon, with the blog starting at 11:30.