May 25, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. – Senior Marek Michalicka’s third-straight NCAA singles appearance came to an end as the Badger captain fell to Texas A&M’s Austin Krajicek in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center Wednesday afternoon.
Michalicka took the first set in a tie-break, earning the 7-6 (6) victory. However, Krajicek battled back and won the next two sets, 7-6 (3), 6-2. Krajicek, ranked No. 17 in the nation, advances to Thursday’s second round against Stanford’s Bradley Klahn, while No. 57-ranked Michalicka’s tournament run comes to a close.
A native of Ricany, Czech Republic, Michalicka concludes his career at Wisconsin with an impressive 97 singles victories. His career winning percentage of .735 ranks second in UW program history, trailing only Jack Waite’s (1988-91) mark of .736 at 131-47. Michalicka finished his senior season with a 17-7 singles mark during the spring campaign.
With his NCAA showing this year, Michalicka became the third Badger in program history to earn three NCAA championship berths (2009, 2010, 2011), joining Jack Vincent (1953, 1954, 1955) and Moritz Baumann (2008, 2009, 2010) among Wisconsin’s elite. Michalicka made a historic run in 2010 as the first Badger since 1991 and the third all-time to advance past the first round of the singles championship.
Wisconsin concluded the 2011 season with a quarterfinal finish at the Big Ten tournament. The host Badgers fell to No. 3 seed Minnesota, 4-0, after defeating No. 11 seed Penn State in the opening round.
NCAA Tennis Match Results
May 25, 2011 at Stanford, Calif.
(Taube Tennis Center)
Singles competition – NCAA First Round
No. 17 Austin Krajicek (TEXAS A&M) def. No. 57 Marek Michalicka (WIS), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (3), 6-2