The Wisconsin mens tennis squad battled the No. 57 Spartans of Michigan State at Neilsen Tennis Stadium, Saturday. Wisconsins third Big Ten Conference win was just out of reach as MSU snatched the victory, 4-3. The Badgers dropped to 7-13 overall and 2-7 in the Big Ten. MSU improved to 15-12, 2-7 in the Big Ten.
The day opened with doubles. With scores of 8-5 across the board, MSU grabbed two wins from Wisconsin, enough for the first point. The Spartans one team, Andrew Formanczyk and Chris Mitchell upset the No. 42 duo in the nation, Alex Kasarov and David Hippee. For Wisconsin, Ward Bortz and Mark Weinig claimed their match over Mike Brown and Michael Flowers.
The middle of Wisconsins singles lineup afforded the Badgers three points with wins at three, four and five. UWs No. 1, Kasarov went three sets with the nations No. 81 player, Formanczyk before admitting defeat, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Scott Green and Pete Amundson arrived at similar fates leaving Wisconsin one point shy of the win.
Wisconsin continues its final home weekend taking on #54 Michigan at Nielsen beginning at noon. The Michigan match will also mark the end of the regular season for the Badgers as the gear up for the Big Ten Tournament on Michigan States campus, April 29May 2.