The Wisconsin mens tennis team battled Northwestern until the end but fell short in a 4-3 loss. No. 24 Wisconsin drops to 13-6 and 2-3 in the Big Ten while the No. 58-ranked Wildcats improve to 15-6 and 3-2 in the Big Ten. UW picked up wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 but it wasnt enough to top the `Cats.
The Badgers dropped the doubles point which turned out to be a crucial point after falling at the No. 2 and 3 spots. At No. 3 Peter Marrack and Patrick Pohlmann dropped the first decision 8-5 to Andrew MaCarthy and Alexander Thams. Mike Muskievicz and Luke Rassow-Kantor fell at No. 2 to Tobias Reitz and Joshua Graves, 8-6 to give the Wildcats the first point.
The No. 15-ranked duo of Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka went down early to Marc Dwyer and Alex Sanborn starting out 3-1. They battled back and after the point was already decided, came back after being down 4-6 to win 8-6.
Baumann remains undefeated after a quick match, as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 101 Marc Dwyer. Baumann, ranked No. 31 was the first to finish at the No. 1 slot to tie the score up at 1-1.
Northwestern went up 3-1 after grabbing wins at the No. 4 and 6 spot. At No. 4, Graves defeated Rassow-Kantor 6-3, 6-4 and Spector beat Muskievicz in two straight sets 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6.
Wisconsin would respond with wins at Nos. 3 and 2 to tie the score at 3. Pohlmann finished Reitz in two sets 6-3, 7-5 at the No. 3 spot. No. 47-ranked Michalicka won the tiebreak in the first set and eventually defeated Thams in two sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to put the pressure on No. 5 to decide the match.
At No. 5, Marrack and Sanborn went into three sets after Marrack won the first 7-5 and Sanborn responded with a 6-0 win in the second set. Marrack fought hard but couldnt hold on and lost 6-4 on the third set to give the win to Northwestern.
Wisconsin has a quick turnaround when they face Purdue on Sunday, April 5 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Badgers then return home April 11 and 12 for its final home matches of the season. Check back to UWBadgers.com for more information.