After losing in their Big Ten opener on Saturday, the Wisconsin mens tennis team was defeated by Indiana on Sunday, 4-3.The Badgers have now lost their last two matches, which were the first two of a very difficult Big Ten schedule.
The match started with doubles, as Indiana won two of the three matches to clinch the point. After the junior pair of Michael Muskievicz and Michael Dierberger was defeated 8-3 at the No. 2 position, sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor and freshman Patrick Pohlmann defeated Guy Kubi and Maxime Armengaud 8-1. However Indiana won the doubles point when the No. 16 pair of junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka was defeated 9-8 by Santiago Gruter and Jeremy Langer.
The Badgers were down 1-0 heading into singles, where Indiana quickly made it 2-0 after Langer defeated Rassow-Kantor at the No. 4 spot. Rassow-Kantor was defeated in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Wisconsin got on the board shortly after as Pohlmann recorded a win at the No. 3 spot. Pohlmann dominated Kubi in their match, and won 6-0, 6-1. Wisconsins next win came at the No. 1 position where No. 72 Baumann defeated Lachlan Ferguson 6-4, 6-3.
With the score tied 2-2, Will Kendall defeated Dierberger at the No. 6 spot 6-3, 6-4, to jump back out to a one point lead. The Badgers tied it up again when No. 41 Michalicka defeated Gruter 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 at the No. 2 position. All eyes turned to the match at the No. 5 spot between sophomore Peter Marrack and Armengaud. After losing the first set 6-2, Marrack took the second 6-4 to force a dramatic third set to decide the match. The set was tied 4-4 when Armengaud won the next two games to win the set 6-4, and clinch the match for Indiana.
The Badgers will have some time off to regroup, as their next match isnt until Thursday, March 19. The team will be traveling to Montgomery, Ala., where they will be participating in the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic.