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Wisconsin Invitational Begins, Badgers Drop in ITA Quarterfinals



The Badger mens tennis team completed the first day of competition in the Wisconsin Invitational Friday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Facing Marquette in singles play in the first round, UW won five of the six matches. Senior captain Scott Green defeated Hugo Leenders, 6-2, 6-3, while sophomore Mark Weinig downed Elgintas Verdnkas 6-4, 6-4.

Sophomore Alex Conti defeated Ian Kawas 5-7, 6-1, 10-8, and sophomore Ward Bortz defeated Creighton Macy 6-3, 6-4.

Freshman Lachezar Kasarov defeated Tomek Czernuszewicz 6-2, 6-3, while freshman Mike Goodman lost to Ricky Servoss 7-6, 5-7, 10-6,

In the second round of play, Wisconsin took down Iowa, winning four matches while the Hawkeyes took three matches.

Green took down Sebastian Delgado 4-3, 6-3, 10-4, and Jordan Raemisch defeated Aaron Schascterle 6-4, 7-5. Bortz beat Jonny Hoak 0-6, 6-3 (3), while L. Kasarov defeated Alexis Learon 7-5, 6-1.

Conti fell to Parker Ross 4-6, 6-3 (10-4), Weinig lost to Chaitu Malenpati 6-2, 7-6, and Goodman dropped to Ryan Reid 0-6, 7-5 (8).On another court, Pete Amundson fell to Aaron Schascterle 6-4, 6-4.

In doubles action, the team of Green and Conti fell to Malenpati-Delgado of Iowa 8-6. Raemisch-Borts took Ross-Valarezo down 8-5, while Weinig-Amundson beat Reid- Schascterle 8-6 and Goodman-Kasarov defeated Hoak-Lebron 8-3.

Play continues tomorrow at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsin will face Minnesota at 10 a.m. in doubles, and at 11 a.m. in singles. The Badgers will also face Nebraska at 2:30 p.m. in singles play.

One doubles team remained in the ITA- All American Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. Junior Alex Kasarov and senior David Hippee competed in the main draw Friday.

Winning the first two matches of the day, defeating Jimmy Haney and Peter Stroer of Texas 8-6, and then taking down fifth-seeded Bob Hodge and John Isner of Georgia 9-8 (7).

Kasarov-Hippee fell to No. 1 seed Richard Barker and William Barker of Rice University 8-1 in the quarterfinals.

Barker and Barker were nationally ranked first going into the NCAA tournament last season, but lost in the semifinals to the eventual champions from Illinois.

Kasarov and Hippee are out of the ITA, but will not compete in the Wisconsin Invitational this weekend.

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