The Wisconsin mens tennis team competes in the Big Ten Singles Tournament through the weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. After a day and a half of play one Badger remains in competition.
In the first round in main draw play on Saturday, two Badgers walked away with victories. Senior David Hippee defeated Filip Koziell of Purdue 7-5, 6-2, while junior Alex Kasarov dropped Michigan States Mike Flowers 6-3, 6-3.
After advancing to the second round, Hippee defeated Indianas Neil Kenner 7-5, 6-2, while Kasarov fell to Ryan Heller of Michigan 7-6 (5), 6-2. Hippee later dropped to Christian Tempke of Northwestern 6-3, 6-2 in the third round of play.
Also in first round competition, sophomore Jordan Raemisch fell at the hands of Chuck Perrin of Northwestern 7-6 (1), 6-1, and senior Scott Green dropped to Michigans Anthony Jackson 6-2, 6-4.
Sophomores Ward Bortz and Alex Conti also fell in competition in round of 32, with Bortz losing to Tom Haus of Northwestern in a tight match 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4), and Ohio States Ross Wilson defeating Conti 6-3, 6-3.
In the first round of the consolation action, Raemisch fell to Carey Rubin of Michigan 6-0, 6-0, and Minnesotas Brian Lipinski dropped Bortz after a tight first set 7-6 (4), 6-2. Despite winning the first set, Green lost to Penn States Ryan Berger 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Purdues Paul Rose defeated Conti 6-3, 6-2.
Wisconsins freshmen saw some competition in the 7-9 Draw in the tournament. After dropping his first match to Jarred Leibner of Purdue 6-4, 6-2, Lachezar Kasarov defeated Penn States Jim Cowell 6-2, 6-4. Peter Amundson, advancing to the second round with a bye, defeated Scott Warner of Purdue 7-6 (6), 6-4. He then dropped to Michigans Josef Fisher 6-1, 7-5 in the round of four.
Alex Kasarov remains the lone Badger left in the tournament. After dropping to consolation play after winning his first match and losing his second, he will face Purdues Troy Havens Sunday afternoon.