A one-and-a-half hour rain delay that forced the match indoors did not faze the UW mens tennis team, as the No. 45 Badgers defeated TCU, 5-2, on Tuesday night in Fort Worth, Texas.
The win helped Wisconsin maintain a winning record on the season, as it improved to 10-8, while the Horned Frogs dropped to 6-11.
UW shifted away from its normal doubles tandems, with all three of its duos playing together for the first time, and the change yielded successful results.
While Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany) and Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) lost at No. 1 doubles to No. 23 Kriegler Brink and Cosmin Cotet, Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Nolan Polleys (Lexington, Ky.) win at No. 2 doubles paired with Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) and Felipe Bellidos (Lima, Peru) win at No. 3 allowed Wisconsin to steal the doubles point.
The Badgers then took care of business in singles play. After Lachezar Kasarov dropped No. 4 singles to Radu Barbu, 6-2, 6-1, UW won three straight matches to secure the victory.
Nolan Polley picked up a win at the No. 1 slot over No. 109 Cosmin Cotet after the TCU junior retired in the midst of a 6-6 tie.
Moritz Baumann followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kriegler Brink at No. 3. Baumann improved to 11-4 in his rookie campaign.
Felipe Bellido then pulled through with the matchs clincher with a dominant 6-1, 6-0 win over Stuart Row at No. 5. The win was Bellidos ninth-straight singles victory, and the junior is now a stellar 14-2 on the season.
After No. 111 Jeremy Sonkin fell, 6-2, 6-4, to Christopher Biro at the No. 2 position, Michael Dierberger closed the match out on a positive note, picking up the No. 6 spot with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Andrew Ulrich.
The Badgers will now come back home to host No. 71 Indiana on Saturday at noon, followed by their match-up against No. 2 Ohio State at noon on Sunday, with both matches taking place at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.