The Wisconsin mens tennis team couldnt stop Louisville in Wednesdays dual at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers dropped 6-1 to the Cardinals, bringing their record to 5-8 on the season and 0-2 in Big Ten Conference play. The 44th-ranked U of L squad improved to 15-7 overall.
The Badgers took two of the three doubles matches in the first phase of the match to capture the doubles point. Taking home UWs first doubles victory were senior co-captain Scott Green and sophomore Alex Conti, who defeated Octavian Nicodim and Mark Kennedy, 8-6.
Clinching the doubles point for the Badgers was Wisconsins top pair 32nd-ranked junior Alex Kasarov and senior co-captain David Hippee. The team upset No. 26 duo Matt Mayer and Jeremy Clark, 8-5.
The Cardinals proved to be too much for the No. 3 pair, sophomores Ward Bortz and Mark Weinig as they dropped to Damar Johnson and Jakob Gustafsson, 8-5.
Although the Badgers started strong in singles competition, Louisvilles resilience prevailed in the end.
Unshaken by the fact that Badgers won the first set in three of the six matches, the Cardinal fought back to sweep UW in the singles competition.
At the No. 1 spot U of Ls Matt Meyer defeated Alex Kasarov in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, while Octavian Nicodim took down David Hippee, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), at No. 2.
UWs Scott Green could not hold off Damar Johnson, as he dropped, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the third slot. Jhonny Berrido pushed past Alex Conti, 6-3, 6-1, as Jakob Gustafsson took down Ward Bortz, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. Louisvilles Jeremy Clark came back to defeat Mark Weinig, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The Badgers are quick to return to the court as they host No. 1 Illinois (16-0) and No. 74 Purdue this weekend. The matches will be held on Saturday and Sunday, respectively and are set to begin at noon.