The Badgers were unable to stop No. 1 Illinois, Saturday, as they dropped a 7-0 decision at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsins well-fought loss dropped its record to 5-9 on the season and 0-3 in Big Ten conference competition.
The Illini improved to 16-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big. Owners of the NCAA record for consecutive wins, the team captured the programs 50th consecutive victory.
UW put up a good fight as they took a win at No. 2 doubles. Junior Alex Kasarov and sophomore Pete Amundson took down Brian Wilson and Connor Murnighan, 8-6. Pushing the match to the tiebreaker, senior co-captains Scott Green and David Hippee fell to 15th-ranked duo Mike Calkins and Chris Martin, 9-7 at the No. 1 spot.
Although it was unable to pick up a victory in the singles phase of the match, Wisconsin fought hard at each position. At the No. 1 spot, Alex Kasarov took the first set against 24th-ranked Phil Stolt, but fell, 1-6, 6-1, 7-6.
Scott Green dropped to Mike Calkins 7-6 (7), 6-3 after a tiebreaking first set at No. 2, while David Hippee, also taking the first set to the tiebreaker, fell to Ryler DeHeart, 7- 6 (8), 6-4 at the third spot.
The Badgers return to the court tomorrow as they host No. 75 Purdue (6-8, 1-2 Big Ten) at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The crucial match-up for Wisconsin begins a noon and is free and open to the public.