The No. 24 Wisconsin mens tennis team defeated Michigan State 6-1 on Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers, now 13-5, have won three straight matches and extend their home win streak to five.
The Badgers came out strong in doubles play, as the team swept all three matches. The No. 17 pair of sophomore Marek Michalicka and junior Moritz Baumann defeated John Allare and Jason Norville 8-4 at the No. 1 position. Wisconsin clinched the doubles point when freshman Patrick Pohlmann and sophomore Peter Marrack defeated Clark Richardson and Brendan Kinkopf 8-2 at the No. 3 slot. At the No. 2 position, the junior pair of Michael Muskievicz and Luke Rassow-Kantor finished the sweep by defeating Alex Forger and John Stratton 9-8 (7-5).
Wisconsin didnt let up in singles, as the Badgers recorded five of six wins to coast to a 6-1 victory. No. 47 Baumann remains undefeated as he beat Forger at the No. 1 slot 6-3, 6-3. The win gives Baumann his 18th straight singles win this season. At the No. 2 spot, No. 37 Michalicka struggled early, but battled back to win in a super tiebreak 2-6, 6-3, 10-4. Pohlmann made quick work of Scott Rasmussen at the No. 3 spot, as he won 6-1, 6-1. At the No. 5 position, Muskievicz earned the clinching point for the Badgers, defeating Norville 6-2, 6-2. Playing at the No. 6 position, Marrack defeated Stratton 6-0, 6-4. The Badgers only loss came at the No. 4 spot where Dierberger was defeated by Hulewicz. Dierberger dominated the first set 6-2, and was playing well for most of the second, but Hulewicz came back to win it 6-4 and then took the super tiebreak 10-8 to win the point.
The Badgers are 2-2 in the Big Ten now, and will hit the road next weekend to take on two more Big Ten foes in Northwestern and Purdue. The Northwestern match is on Saturday, April 4, and will begin at 3 pm, while the match against Purdue is on Sunday, April 5 at 2 pm.