The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team defeated Iowa 4-0 Thursday morning in the first round of the Big Ten Championships. Wisconsin is seeded No. 8 in the tournament while Iowa was seeded No. 9.
The Badgers got it started in doubles, taking two of three to win the doubles point. Iowa won the first doubles match of the day at the No. 2 position. Junior Michael Dierberger teamed up with senior Michael Muskieviz, but they were defeated by Tommy McGeorge and Will Vasos 9-7. The Badgers got their first doubles win at the No. 3 position, where the Wisconsin duo of freshman Patrick Pohlmann and junior Luke Rassow-Kantor defeated Gregory Holm and Tom Mroziewicz 8-6. Wisconsin won the doubles point when the No. 22 pair of sophomore Marek Michalicka and junior Moritz Baumann defeated Christian Bierich and Reinoud Haal 9-8 (4).
The teams then took to the singles courts with the Badgers leading 1-0. First to finish was the match at the No. 6 position between Rassow-Kantor and Mroziewicz. Rassow-Kantor recorded the 6-4, 6-4, straight sets win to give the Badgers a 2-0 lead. Wisconsin then improved their lead to 3-0 when Pohlmann defeated Nikita Zotov 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 3 spot. Sophomore Peter Marrack then clinched the match for the Badgers by defeating Vasos at the No. 4 slot, 6-3, 7-5. With the conclusion of the match at the No. 4 position, the rest of the matches were suspended. At the No. 1 position, No. 31 Baumann had won the first set 6-3 and was tied 5-5 with Bierich in the second. At the No. 2 spot, No. 55 Michalicka had won the first set also 6-3, and was trailing Haal in the second, 3-4. And after losing the first set at the No. 5 position 7-6(5) to McGeorge, Dierberger won the second 6-0 before play was suspended.
With the win, the Badgers advance to the second round of the tournament where they will go up against top-seeded Ohio State. That match will be on Friday, April 24 at 9 am CST. For results from the rest of Thursdays matches, as well as live stats and video for Fridays matches, id=173254"> --> Click Here.