The Wisconsin mens tennis team started the 2008-2009 season Friday at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic in Elm Grove, Wis. The Badgers opened with singles play against Northwestern University, and later played the host school Marquette University in doubles.
In the afternoon, the Badgers won two of three doubles matches against the host Marquette University. Juniors Luke Rassow-Kantor and Michael Dierberger defeated Trent Hagan and Stephen Shao 8-4, while senior Michael Muskievicz and sophomore Peter Marrack took down Niko Boulieris and Dusan Medan 9-7. Senior Gian Hodgson and freshman Varun Chari were the only Badgers to be defeated, as they lost to Mark Rutherford and Jonathan Schwerin 8-5.
The Badgers lost each of their seven matches against the Wildcats Friday morning. Rassow-Kantor was defeated by Alex Sanborn, Hodgson fell to Eric Spector, and Chari lost to Joshua Graves, all in straight sets. The rest of the team each forced a third set, but could not pull it off. Dierberger fell to Alexander Thams 10-8 in the final set after a commanding 1-6 win in the second. Muskievicz won his first set 4-6, but was defeated in the third 10-6 by Andrew McCarthy. Marrack won his first set 3-6, and gave Tobias Reitz a struggle in the third set, but ultimately fell 11-9. Koval got a tiebraker win in his second set 6-7 but was ultimately defeated by Philip Kafka 10-8.
The Badgers will continue play at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, as they take on Northwestern University in doubles and Ball State University in singles at 1:00 p.m. Check back to UWBadgers.com for Saturdays results.