The No. 30 University of Wisconsin mens tennis team was defeated on Friday by No. 65 Penn State, 5-2. With the loss, the Badgers move to 15-8 and 4-5 in the Big Ten.
Fridays match started with doubles play, as the Badgers were swept in all three doubles matches. At the No. 1 position, the No. 19 pair of Junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka was defeated by Jason Lee and Adam Slagter 9-7. At the No. 2 positon, the Badger duo of freshman Patrick Pohlmann and junior Luke Rassow-Kantor fell to Eddie Bourchier and Ryan Gormley 8-2. Penn State completed the doubles sweep when Brendan Lynch and Guillaume St-Maurice defeated junior Michael Dierberger and senior Michael Muskievicz 9-8.
The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead before the start of singles, and didnt look back from there. Penn State added another point when Muskievicz was defeated by St-Maurice in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 5 spot. The Badgers would then make it 2-1 thanks to No. 50 Michalicka, who defeated Slagter 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 2 position. Penn State then took a 3-1 lead when Bourchier defeated sophomore Peter Marrack 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 4 slot. The Badgers answered right back at the No. 3 spot where Pohlmann defeated Lee 6-2, 6-2. However, Penn State would clinch the match at the No. 6 position, as Gormley defeated Dierberger, 7-5, 6-4. The final match to conclude was at the No. 1 position where No. 28 Baumann was looking to continue his unbeaten streak against Lynch. After losing the first set 6-7 (5), Baumann came back and won the second set 6-4 to force a super tiebreak. Unfortunately, Lynch pulled out the victory, winning the tiebreak 10-4 and handing Baumann his first singles loss of the season.
The Badgers will spend Saturday traveling, as they head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State on Sunday. The match, which concludes the Badgers regular season, will begin at 11 am.