The No. 29 Wisconsin Badgers defeated No. 58 Iowa 5-2 on Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Center. The Badgers improve to 15-6 and 4-3 in the Big Ten with the win, while Iowa moves to 11-6 and 3-4 in the Big Ten.
The match opened with doubles, where the Badgers won two of three matches to win the point. Junior Luke Rassow-Kantor teamed up with freshman Patrick Pohlmann at the No. 3 position, where the Badger pair dominated Will Vasos and Tommy McGeorge in an 8-1 victory. The Badgers clinched the doubles point at the No. 2 position where junior Michael Dierberger and senior Michael Muskievicz defeated Nikita Zotov and Greg Holm 8-5. The No. 15 pair of junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka recorded Wisconsins only doubles loss, as the duo fell to Reinoud Haal and Christian Bierich 8-5.
With the score 1-0 in favor of the Badgers, both teams took to the courts for singles play. First to finish was Pohlmann at the No. 3 spot, where he defeated Zotov 6-1, 6-3. Sophomore Peter Marrack then increased the Badger lead to 3-0 as he defeated Vasos 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 4 position. The match was clinched for Wisconsin when No. 31 Baumann defeated Bierich at the No. 1 slot. Baumanns 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory extends his unbeaten streak to 21-straight singles matches. The Badgers got their last point of the match at the No. 2 position where No. 47 Marek Michalicka defeated Haal 7-5, 7-6 (7-2). Wisconsins only losses came from the Nos. 5 and 6 positions. At the No. 5 spot, Dierberger was defeated by McGeorge 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 10-4. Muskievicz recorded the loss at the No. 6 spot to Tom Mroziewicz 6-3, 7-5.
The Badgers will face No. 33 Minnesota on Sunday, April 12 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Minnesota comes to Madison at 15-6 and 4-3 in the Big Ten after losing to Northwestern Saturday afternoon. Sundays match will begin at noon, and the live blog will start at 11:45 am.