The No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers defeated No. 51 Michigan 4-3 on Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The win snaps a five-match drought against the Wolverines, and improves the Badgers to 12-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin started strong by recording two doubles wins for the doubles point. The first match to finish was at the No. 3 position where freshman Patrick Pohlmann and junior Michael Dierberger lost to Mike Sroczynski and Peter Aarts 8-4. Next, the junior pair of Michael Muskievicz and Luke Rassow-Kantor teamed up to beat Andrew Mazlin and Chris Madden
8-6 at the No. 2 slot. The Badgers clinched the doubles point at the No. 1 position where the No. 17 duo of junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka defeated George Navas and Jason Jung 9-8.
The Badgers' lead quickly moved to 2-0 after Pohlmann defeated Sroczynski 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 3 position. However Michigan then came back, as the Wolverines recorded wins at the Nos. 4, 5, and 6 positions to jump out to a 3-2 lead. No. 47 Baumann then defeated Jung at the No. 1 slot 6-2, 6-7, 6-0 to tie the match at 3-3. With the win, Baumann extends his unbeaten streak to 17. With all eyes on the No. 2 spot, No. 37 Michalicka defeated Mazlin 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 to give the Badgers their first Big Ten win of the season.
Next, Wisconsin will play host to Michigan State on Sunday, as the Badgers will be looking to improve on their current four-match home win streak. The match will begin at noon, but if you cant make it a live blog will be running from the Nielsen Tennis Stadium beginning at 11:45 am.