The UW mens tennis team sent five players up north for the 2006 Gopher Invitational, and the results from the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis were very impressive.
The Badgers finished with an overall 13-3 record in singles, and a 5-1 record in doubles. They competed against Minnesota, Drake, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Iowa, and New Mexico in a mock dual format, meaning that Wisconsin played one team at a time, in either a singles or doubles format.
Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) put together the Badgers best singles record, going 4-0 on the weekend, switching off between the No. 2 and No. 3 spots.
Wisconsins other participants all put forth great efforts as well.
The freshmen duo of Mike Muskievicz (Homewood, Ill.) and Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) were solid, going 3-1 and 2-1 respectively.
Gian Hodgson (Savaneta, Aruba) went 2-2, playing primarily at the No. 1 spot for Wisconsin. Hodgson defeated Tommy McGeorge, Iowas No. 1 player, 6-4, 6-3.
Elliot Bisnow (Washington, D.C.) beat Iowas Scott Elwell, 6-0, 6-1, to go 1-0 at singles for the weekend.
UWs doubles teams were successful as well.
Muskievicz and Dierberger had a fantastic weekend playing together. The pair of college newcomers went 3-0, including a big 8-6 win over Nic Edlefsen and D.J. Geatz, Minnesotas No. 1 doubles team. Geatz has an individual ranking of No. 37 in the nation. Edlefsen is ranked nationally as well, currently at No. 84.
The Badgers were able to dominate several of their opponents.
In singles, UW went 5-0 against Iowa, 4-0 against UW-Green Bay, and 3-0 against New Mexico.
In doubles, Wisconsin went 2-0 against both Iowa and UW-Green Bay.
The teams next action will take place this Monday (Oct. 2), when Jeremy Sonkin will compete in the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships from Oct. 2-4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
After that, the team will look ahead to the Hoosier Invitational, which takes place from Oct. 19-22 at the IU Tennis Center in Bloomington, Indiana.