The No. 35 University of Wisconsin mens tennis team scored a big victory Saturday afternoon, knocking off No. 39 Indiana by a score of 4-3. The Hoosiers took the doubles point, but the Badgers bounced back and won four of the six singles matches to win their fourth match in a row. With the win, Wisconsin improves to 13-7 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten while Indiana falls to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Indiana got on the board first by capturing the doubles point.
The first win for the Hoosiers came at No. 1 doubles. Phillip Eilers and Lachlan Ferguson defeated senior Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany) 8-1. With the loss, Polley and Baumann fall to 5-6 in dual matches, 3-3 in the Big Ten and 3-5 at the No. 1 position.
Wisconsin took the match at No. 3 doubles to even things up. Senior Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) and Marek Michalicka (Ricany, Czech Republic) topped the duo of Peter Antons and Santiago Gruter 8-2. The Wisconsin pair improves to 4-1 in dual matches and at the No. 3 spot and to 2-0 in Big Ten matches.
The clinching doubles point came with a tight Indiana victory at No. 2 doubles. Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter knocked off sophomores Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Luke Rassow-Kantor (Westport, Conn.) 9-8 (3). Dierberger and Rassow-Kantor are now 2-3 in dual matches and in the conference and 1-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Baumann tied the match at 1-1 with a win at No. 1 singles. Ranked 44th in the country, Baumann beat McLoughlin in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Baumann improves to 8-7 in dual matches and at the No. 1 position and to 4-2 in Big Ten play.
It became 2-1 in favor of the Badgers when Polley, ranked 99th in the country, scored a win at No. 2 singles. He bested Richter 6-1, 6-4 to win his 12th consecutive match. With the victory, Polley improves to 14-3 in dual matches, 7-3 at the No. 2 spot and 6-0 in Big Ten play.
The match was tied at 2-2 when Indiana got the win at No. 4 singles. Ferguson topped Dierberger 7-6 (5), 6-2 to even the score. Dierberger falls to 10-4 on the spring season, 4-1 in the Big Ten and 1-1 at the No. 4 position.
Wisconsin moved out to a 3-2 lead when Michalicka, the 113th-ranked player in the country, won at No. 3 singles. With a 6-3, 6-4 win over Eilers, Michalicka moves to 17-1 overall, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and 5-1 in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers knotted the match up at 3-3 with a win at No. 5 singles. Gruter defeated Rassow-Kantor 6-4, 7-6 (3). Rassow-Kantor is now 4-6 in dual matches, 1-2 in the Big Ten and 1-4 at No. 5 singles.
The match came down to No. 6 singles with Bellido facing Chris Foster. Bellido took the first set 6-2, but Foster battled back and took the second set 6-3. Down to the third and final set, Bellido emerged victorious with a 6-2 win. He moves to 9-4 in dual matches, 2-2 in the Big Ten and 4-1 at No. 6 singles.
Wisconsin returns to action tomorrow morning for a match at No. 2 Ohio State. Match time is set for 11 a.m. (CT). Live stats can be found by clicking here .