The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team had two individuals playing in the semifinals of their respective draws on Monday and while senior Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) was unable to advance in the main draw, sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor (Westport, Conn.) won the consolation bracket.
Polley, the tournaments No. 5 seed, faced off against No. 7 seed Bart van Monskou of Iowa in the main draws semifinals. After van Monskou took the first set 6-1, Polley battled back and took the second set by a score of 6-4. In the end, van Monskou prevailed as he took the third and final set 6-4.
Rassow-Kantor won two matches on Monday to claim the consolation draw championship. In the semifinals match, Rassow-Kantor downed Reinoud Haal of Iowa in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. In the championship match, Rassow-Kantor beat another Hawkeye. This time J.P. Ritchie was his opponent. Rassow-Kantor dropped the first set 4-6, before storming back and taking the second set in a tiebreak 7-6(7). In the final set, Rassow-Kantor emerged victorious with a 1-0(5) victory.
The Big Ten Indoor Championships marked the end of the fall season for the Badgers. The team will return to action Jan. 26 when it hosts UW-Green Bay at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.