UW Health Sports Medicine 

Pair of Freshmen Impress at Cincinnati Invitational


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The Wisconsin mens tennis team received encouraging results from its young stars at the Cincinnati Invitational this weekend.

Freshman Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) had a very promising start to his college career. The former 3-time Wisconsin state champion in high school won his first match, which was played on Friday, defeating Browns Zach Pasanen 6-2, 6-2.

Dierberger then won his first match on Saturday, beating Louisvilles Ben Clos 6-2, 6-3. Dierberger came up just short in his second match on Saturday, losing a tight contest to Indianas Mike McCarthy, but he was able to bounce back with a win in his final match on Sunday.

Dierberger wasnt the only UW freshman to have a successful debut. Michael Muskievicz (Homewood, Ill,) had a solid tournament as well.

Muskievicz won his first match, but came up just short in his second contest. Muskievicz, however, would not let that loss faze him, as he came up victorious in his final two matches.

Other Badgers to participate were Gian Hodgson (Savaneta, Aruba), who finished 2-2, Elliot Bisnow (Washington, D.C.), who finished 2-2, Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru), who finished 2-2, and Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria), who finished 1-1.

Wisconsin also formed three doubles teams in the tournament.

The teams of Dierberger/Muskievicz and Bellido/Kasarov went unbeaten, finishing 2-0. Bisnow, Hodgson, and Brennan Phippen (Bradenton, Fla.) rotated partners among each other, and finished 2-1.

UWs next action will take place this upcoming weekend, when it will send players to participate at the Minnesota Invitational.

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