Coming off of two-straight conference wins, the University of Wisconsin mens tennis team (15-7, 4-4 Big Ten) dropped a heartbreaker to No. 33 Minnesota on Sunday. The Golden Gophers won the Border Battle by a score of 4-3 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Wisconsin opened up the match on the right foot by notching the doubles point. The No. 15-ranked tandem of Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka defeated Ishay Hadash and Sebastian Gallego in dramatic fashion, 8-3. Shortly following the win at first doubles, freshman Patrick Pohlmann and junior Luke Rassow-Kantor took down Michael Sicora and Dino Bliankov by a score of 8-2.
Despite the Badgers dominating doubles play, the Golden Gophers responded with back-to-back singles wins at the fifth and sixth positions. Junior Moritz Baumann continued his dominance at the top singles spot, grabbing his 22nd singles win of the season against Ishay Hadash. After another singles win for Minnesota at the fourth singles spot, all eyes turned to freshman Patrick Pohlmann and sophomore Marek Michalicka as the Badgers trailed 3-2.
After opening up his match on a 6-0 tear, Pohlmann dropped the second set to Sebastian Gallego by a score of 6-3. The freshman from Cologne, Germany battled back to take the third set, 6-3. With the match in the hands of Michalicka at second singles, the Wisconsin sophomore faced cramping problems in the third set. Minnesotas Tobias Wernet took advantage of Michalickas health and clinched the match for the Golden Gophers, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
The Badgers will finish off the regular season on the road against two Big Ten foes. On Saturday they will travel to No. 61 Penn State followed by a matchup with No. 3 Ohio State on Sunday.
Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Results