The No. 45 UW mens tennis team was able to pull out a victory 5-2 against No. 71 Indiana at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Indianas a tough team, but we were able to take care of business at the right spots, and the end result was a win, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said.
The win allowed Wisconsin to leapfrog the Hoosiers into the top half of the Big Ten standings. The Badgers (11-8, 3-3) are now fifth in the conference, while Indiana (12-8, 2-3) now falls into a tie for sixth place.
We came out ready to play right away, Van Emburgh said. It was important for us to get the doubles point, as we carried that momentum into our singles play.
After grabbing a 1-0 after their doubles win, the Badgers won the first three matches in singles play to put away Indiana.
Gian Hodgson (Savaneta, Aruba), a late add to the lineup, ended up being the first to notch a win for UW. The sophomore defeated Mak Kendall at the No. 6 position, 6-3, 6-4.
Freshman Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) followed with a win at No. 5, beating Peter Antons in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany), also a freshman, won in similar fashion. After winning the first set and dropping the second, the rookie dominated the third set to clinch the match. Baumann defeated Dara McCloughlin at No. 3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.
After Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) could not quite pull out a win at No. 2, losing, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, to Thomas Richter, Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) came up with a comeback win over Arnaud Roussel. The 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 win at No. 4 extended Bellidos win streak to 10 matches.
Singles play concluded with Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) falling just short at No. 1, 7-5, 3-6, 10-8, against David Bubinicek.
Wisconsin opened the match by winning two of three doubles matches.
The No. 2 team of Polley and Dierberger finished first, cruising their way to an 8-1 victory over Antons and Bubinicek.
Sonkin and Bellido finished shortly after, replicating Polley/Dierbergers match with an 8-1 win of their own, taking down the duo of Kendall and Roussel at No. 3.
Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) and Baumann were unable to claim a win at the No. 1 spot, losing, 8-4, to Richter and McCloughlin.
Wisconsin will now have less than a day to prepare for its toughest match of the season. The Badgers host No. 2 Ohio State tomorrow at noon at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.