The No. 29 Wisconsin Badgers defeated No. 26 Notre Dame 4-3 on Saturday in a consolation match of the Blue Gray Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala. Similar to the first match-up between the two teams, the Badgers pulled out a very tough and hard-fought victory. With the win, the Badgers finish to 2-1 on the weekend, and improve to 11-5 overall.
The Badgers quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead after they won two of the three doubles matches. The No. 17 pair of junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka defeated No. 25 Brett Helgeson and Tyler Davis 8-6 at the No. 1 position. Wisconsin clinched the doubles point when the junior duo if Michael Dierberger and Michael Muskievicz defeated Niall Fitzgerald and Matt Johnson 8-6 at the No. 3 spot. However, the Badgers couldnt pull off the doubles sweep as sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor and freshman Patrick Pohlmann were defeated at the No. 2 slot 8-3 by Stephen Havens and Casey Watt.
Wisconsin would then record singles wins at the Nos. 1, 5, and 6 positions which would clinch the match for the Badgers. At the No. 1 position, No. 47 Baumann continued his unbeaten streak, as he dominated No. 22 Helgeson 6-2, 6-0. The win improves Baumanns record to 16-0. Sophomore Peter Marrack came in for the Badgers at the No. 5 spot, where he defeated David Anderson 7-5, 6-1. Muskievicz also recorded a win today, as he defeated Fitzgerald 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot. Notre Dame won their three points as No. 37 Michalicka was defeated at the No. 2 spot, Pohlmann fell at the No. 3 position, and Rassow-Kantor lost at the No. 4 slot.
The Badgers move to 11-5 with the win, and are hoping to use this momentum to improve on their 0-2 start to Big Ten play as Wisconsin plays host to Michigan and Michigan State on March 28 and 29. Both matches will begin at noon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. If you cant make it, be sure to log on to UWBadgers.com for the live game day blog on both Saturday and Sunday.