Over the weekend the University of Wisconsin mens tennis team sent five of its members to compete at the Bollettieri-Treibly College Challenge at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, with one walking away a group winner.
The tournament had a round-robin style format with six athletes in each group. Another aspect of the tournament was that singles matches were not the normal best-of-three sets format. Instead they were made up of one game up to 10.
The highlight of the weekend belonged to sophomore Michael Dierberger. The Milwaukee, Wis. native had the best record among the five Badgers as he went 5-0 and won group B. En route to the group title, Dierberger defeated David Tillem of Georgetown 10-4, Geoff Barton of Florida 10-6, Ricardo Velasquez of Temple 10-7, Rafael Array of Armstrong Atlantic State 10-9, and Sinas Sudas of Central Florida 10-8.
Gian Hodgson (Savaneta, Aruba) took second place in Group H. The junior went 4-1 in his matches. Gian Hodgson defeated Westin Wendt of Miami 11-9, Will Doucas of Georgetown 10-1, Robert Spencer of Temple 10-4 and Danny Colon of Central Florida 10-6. His lone loss came at the hands of Andrew Kam of Florida Gulf Coast by a score of 10-8.
Competing in group C, freshman Peter Marrack (Mississauga, Ontario) went 3-2. After losing to Abe Souza of Illinois 10-6 and Dan Cash of Florida 10-4, Marrack came back to knock off Eduardo Saavedra of Temple 10-9, Robert Jendelund of Armstrong Atlantic State 10-7 and Robert Spencer of Temple 10-4.
In group D, Michael Muskievicz (Homewood, Ill.) went 2-3. Muskievicz started strong by downing Barnabas Carrega of Miami 10-8 and Connor Roth of Illinois 10-6. Things went south for Muskievicz after that as he lost to Ted Tywang of Georgetown 10-7, Paul Bishop of Armstrong Atlantic State 10-5 and Ervin Garbovic of Florida Gulf Coast 10-5.
Sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor (Westport, Conn.) went 1-4 in his play in group A. Rassow-Kantor lost his first four matches to Mikkel Muller of Florida Gulf Coast 11-10, Houssam Yassine of Alabama 10-8, Nestor Briceno of Florida 10-5 and Claudio Romanov of Central Florida 10-9. Rassow-Kantor finished strong though as he bested Will Lowell of Georgetown 10-4.
In doubles action, the team of Rassow-Kantor and Dierberger were defeated by the duo of Cash and Mulligans from Florida 8-6 and the team from Georgetown of Wong and Walsh. The final score in that match was 8-5.
The team of Muskievicz and Marrack also lost both their matches. They fell to the team of Carrega and Nieto of Miami 8-2 and the team of Array and Bishop from Armstrong Atlantic State 8-6.
The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team returns to action October 12-14 when it travels to Evanston, Ill. for the Wildcat Invite.