The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team continued play in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic on Saturday, facing off against Northwestern in doubles play, and Ball Sate in singles. The Badgers looked to bounce back from Fridays opening day of the tournament after losing all of their singles matches while pulling out two doubles wins.
The team started off the day with three doubles matches against the Northwestern Wildcats. The Junior pair of Luke Rassow-Kantor and Michael Dierberger fell to Joshua Graves and Alex Sanborn 9-7 after forcing a tiebreaker. Seniors Michael Muskievicz and Gian Hodgson dominated their opponents Tobias Reitz and Andrea McCarthy with a commanding win by the score of 8-1. Sophomore Marek Michalicka and freshman Varun Chari also forced a tiebreaker against Eric Spector and Alexander Thams but could not pull out the victory as they fell 9-7.
The Badgers came out stronger on Saturday in singles play and took three of seven matches from the Cardinals. After losing his first set 2-6, Rassow-Kantor came back and won his second and third sets to defeat Eduard Pavia for his first singles win this season. Marrack also collected his first singles victory by defeating Andres Monroy in three sets. Chari seemed to be in control of the entire match, defeating Derek Carpenter in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Of the teams four losses, three were recorded in straight sets. Dierberger fell to Jose Perdomo in a tiebreaker loss in the second set. Hodgson was defeated by Jorge Rodriquez also in a second set, tiebreaker loss 7-6. After a 7-6 tiebreaker loss in the first set, Koval fell to Zane Smith in the second, 6-3. Muskievicz won his first set 3-6, but could not pull out another as he dropped in three sets to Shaun Bussert.
The Badgers will conclude tournament play on Sunday as they take on Ball State in singles at 11:00 a.m. and finish against host Marquette in doubles play at 1:00 p.m. Check back to UWBadgers.com for results from Sundays final day of play.