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Michalicka leads young squad as Badgers gain experience



May 26, 2011


This Week in Men's Tennis

2010 Schedule
Sept. 17-19 at Milwaukee Tennis Classic Recap
Sept. 24-26 at UVa Ranked Plus One Invitational Recap
Oct. 7-10 at ITA All-American Championships Recap
Oct. 11-17 at ITF/USA F26 Futures Qualifying Recap
Oct. 15-17 at Wildcat Fall Invitational Recap
Oct. 22-25 at ITA Midwest Regional Recap
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at Big Ten Fall Singles Recap
Jan. 22 vs. Butler W, 7-0
Jan. 22 vs. UW-Whitewater W, 7-0
Jan. 29 vs. Wake Forest L, 4-0
Jan. 30 vs. Boise State L, 4-0
Feb. 8 vs. Notre Dame L, 6-1
Feb. 13 vs. Minnesota* L, 5-2
Feb. 16 vs. Marquette W, 6-1
Feb. 23 vs. UIC W, 7-0
Feb. 26 vs. Nebraska L, 5-2
March 4 vs. Green Bay W, 7-0
March 4 vs. Northern Illinois W, 5-1
March 6 vs. Texas A&M L, 4-2
March 16 at Pepperdine L, 6-1
March 19 at UC Irvine L, 5-2
March 27 vs. Northwestern* W, 4-3
April 2 at Michigan* L, 5-2
April 3 at Michigan State* W, 4-3
April 8 vs. Purdue* W, 4-3
April 10 vs. Indiana* L, 4-3
April 15 vs. Ohio State* L, 7-0
April 17 vs. Penn State* W, 6-1
April 22 at Iowa* W, 5-2
April 24 at Illinois* L, 7-0
April 28 vs. Penn State at Big Ten Tournament W, 4-1
April 29 vs. Minnesota at Big Ten Tournament L, 4-0
May 25 NCAA singles championship Recap
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2010 Roster
Austin Akers 6-1 FR
Fredrik Ask 6-0 FR
Billy Bertha 6-5 SO
Lucas Bin 6-1 FR
Rod Carey 6-1 FR
Ricardo Martin 6-0 SO
Marek Michalicka 6-0 SR
Alex Robles 6-4 FR
Petr Satral 5-11 FR
Alexander Teppert 6-0 RS-FR
Complete Roster


2010-11 Season in Review
The Wisconsin men’s tennis team concluded its 2011 campaign in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament. The Badgers hosted the championship at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. UW posted a 12-13 overall record, and seven freshmen gained their first collegiate tennis experience.

Senior captain Marek Michalicka represented the Badgers at the 2011 NCAA Singles Championship, making his third-straight appearance at the national tournament. Michalicka fell in the first round to end his career with a singles record of 97-35, good for the second-best winning percentage in program history at .735.

  Last time out: NCAA singles championship
Wisconsin’s Marek Michalicka was one of 48 at-large selections for the singles tournament as the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Subcommittee selected 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams to compete in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships, hosted by Stanford at the Taube Tennis Center.

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 championship play. No. 57-ranked Michalicka took the first set in a tie-break, earning the 7-6 (6) victory. However, No. 17-ranked Krajicek battled back and won the next two sets, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Badgers at the NCAA singles championship
Including Marek Michalicka, 18 Badgers have made 26 singles appearances at the national tournament. Michalicka’s 2011 appearance marked his third-straight NCAA singles berth, and the Ricany, Czech Republic, native became just the third Badger all-time to make three national tournament appearances (Jack Vincent – 1953, 1954, 1955; Moritz Baumann – 2008, 2009, 2010; Michalicka – 2009, 2010, 2011).

Big Ten Tournament rewind
Wisconsin’s team season came to a close with a quarterfinal finish at the 2011 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. 

Against the Gophers, the No. 6 seed Badgers fell early in the No. 3 doubles match but knotted things up with a win by the veteran pair of Marek Michalicka and Billy Bertha in the No. 1 doubles spot. Despite are a hard fight in the No. 2 slot, UW’s freshman duo of Fredrik Ask and Rodney Carey fell to give the Gophers the doubles point.

Minnesota carried its momentum into singles play, earning a quick win in the No. 5 singles spot as Brendan Ruddock defeated Carey, 6-3, 6-3. Wisconsin freshman Alex Robles was the next Badger to fall as Minnesota’s Julian Dehn earned a 6-2, 6-4 win. The match decision then came in the No. 2 singles spot as Rok Bonin defeated Bertha, 6-0, 6-2, to seal the 4-0 win for the Gophers.

Big Ten in the national rankings
Eight of the 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference were ranked in the latest Campbell’s/ITA College Tennis Division I Poll, released May 2. The final national poll will be announced May 30.
                Rank    School
                  4       Ohio State
                 17      Illinois
                 19      Minnesota
                 26      Indiana
                 29      Michigan
                 50      Michigan State
                 60      Purdue
                 66      Wisconsin

Badgers in the national rankings
Wisconsin climbed to No. 66 (May 2) in the ITA national rankings following the Big Ten tournament. The Badgers jumped five positions after landing at No. 71 in the April 19 rankings. 

Wisconsin faced 17 nationally-ranked opponents during the 2011 campaign, posting a record of 4-13. The Badgers’ victories came over then-No. 70 Northwestern (March 27), then-No. 53 Michigan State (April 3), then-No. 60 Purdue (April 8) and then-No. 66 Iowa (April 22). Ten of the Badgers’ 2011 opponents advanced to the national tournament.

Marek Michalicka opened the season ranked No. 19 in the preseason national singles rankings. He steadily climbed from No. 72 (March 15) to No. 70 (March 29) to No. 57 (April 12) and topped out at No. 55 (April 19). Michalicka sat at No. 57 in both the April 26 and May 2 rankings.

Doubles success
The Badgers secured the doubles point in 13 of their 25 matches this season. Marek Michalicka and Billy Bertha led the team with an 18-5 record, playing all but one match at the No. 1 doubles position. The duo of Fredrik Ask and Rod Carey picked up six doubles wins in the final stretch of the season as well.

Singles leaders
Marek Michalicka led the team with a 17-7 singles mark, playing all of his matches at No. 1 singles. Four other Badgers reached double-digit wins in singles play, as rookie Petr Satral posted a mark of 12-10. Billy Bertha and Rod Carey each recorded 10 singles victories. Michalicka put together an 8-2 record in Big Ten play to lead UW against conference foes. Five of Fredrik Ask’s seven singles wins came in league play as well.

Team awards show
The Badgers handed out their annual team awards at their end-of-the-year banquet. Senior Marek Michalicka led the award winners as the team's Most Valuable Player.

Sophomore Billy Bertha was named the team's Most Improved Player. In his sophomore season, the Whitefish Bay, Wis., native emerged as a leader on the Badgers’ young squad. Bertha played in the top half of Wisconsin’s singles lineup all season and paired with Michalicka to lead UW in doubles action.

This year’s Hardest Worker award was given to freshman Rod Carey. After joining the Badgers in January, Carey went 10-11 in spring dual matches. He won back-to-back Big Ten matches against Penn State's Chris Young (April 17) and Iowa's Jonas Dierckx (April 22) and primarily played at the Nos. 5 and 6 singles slots. Carey also recorded an 11-12 doubles mark in his rookie campaign.

Freshman Petr Satral rounded out the team awards as Rookie of the Year. Satral’s 12 singles wins ranked second on the team as he finished the year with a 12-10 singles mark, including four Big Ten wins. Satral also added eight doubles victories this season, primarily paired with sophomore Ricardo Martin or freshman Fredrik Ask.

All-Big Ten honors
Marek Michalicka picked up his third All-Big Ten award this season. The senior led the team in both singles and doubles play. His 17-7 singles mark improved his career record to 97-35 for the second-best winning percentage in program history at .735. Michalicka also boasted a team-high eight Big Ten Conference victories. At the No. 1 doubles position, Michalicka paired with sophomore Billy Bertha to lead the Badgers with an 18-5 record this season.

Badgers host Big Ten Tournament
All 11 Big Ten schools traveled to Madison, Wis., for the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament. The four-day tournament took place primarily at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, with two quarterfinal matches played at the Cole Hall Tennis Courts. No. 1 seed Ohio State defeated No. 3 seed Minnesota, 4-0, in the championship match.

2010-11 Roster breakdown
Wisconsin returned just four players from its 2010 NCAA Round of 16 team in senior Marek Michalicka, sophomores Billy Bertha and Ricardo Martin and redshirt freshman Alexander Teppert. The Badgers added seven newcomers for 2011, including January 2011 additions Austin Akers, Fredrik Ask, Lucas Bin and Rod Carey. The four join Petr Satral and Alex Robles in completing the Badgers' freshman class. Junior Amir Mashal also saw his first collegiate action for UW during the fall season.

Michalicka leads Badgers as captain
Marek Michalicka served as the Badgers' captain this season. The senior also led UW as a tri-captain during the 2010 season. He is a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and was named the conference's freshman of the year in 2008.

Fall season review
Wisconsin competed in seven tournaments during the 2010 fall slate. Three rookies saw their first collegiate action, while four returners continued to work on their game. Overall, the Badgers went 40-38 in singles play during the fall season for a .513 winning percentage.

Freshmen Petr Satral led the team with nine singles wins at 9-5, while fellow newcomer Alex Robles was 8-5. Senior captain Marek Michalicka was 6-5, and redshirt freshman Alex Teppert also posted six singles victories. Satral ended the fall campaign on a three-match winning streak.

In doubles action, Wisconsin was 16-16 overall. The sophomore duo of Billy Bertha and Ricardo Martin led the Badgers at 5-2 in doubles action this fall. Bertha also paired with Satral, going 3-1 in four matches.

Looking ahead
The Badgers will lose lone senior Marek Michalicka to graduation, and Wisconsin will return nine players, including seven letterwinners for next season.

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