The Badger mens tennis team dropped, 6-1, to No. 54 Michigan in its final regular season dual on Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsin ends the dual season 7-14 overall and 2-8 in Big Ten Conference competition. The Wolverines improved their record to 13-8 on the season and 4-6 in the Big Ten.
Taking two of the three doubles matches to begin the match, UW captured the doubles point. Wisconsin pair senior co-captain Scott Green and freshman Pete Amundson brought down Anthony Jackson and Vineeth Gossain, 8-5 at the No. 2 spot, while sophomores Ward Bortz and Mark Weinig came back from a 7-4 deficit to defeat David Anving and Josef Fischer, 9-8 (4), in the tiebreaker at No. 3.
Wolverine duo Brian Hung and Ryan Heller upset 42nd-ranked UW pair senior co-captain David Hippee and junior Alex Kasarov, 8-6 at the No.1 slot.
The Badgers fell short in the singles phase of the dual. Capturing first sets in two matches and pushing three first sets to tiebreakers, Wisconsin was unable to close the matches. UW dropped in all six pairings.
The match marked the end of the Badgers regular season competition and was the last home match for senior co-captains Scott Green and David Hippee.
Wisconsin heads to the 2004 Big Ten Team Championships in East Lansing, Mich. The competition begins on Thursday, April 29.