Tennis teams fall at tourney

Wisconsin's men's and women's tennis teams dropped Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matches Friday

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Women's tennis drops heartbreaker to Michigan


No. 5 seed Wisconsin dropped a 4-3 match to No. 4 seed Michigan (16-5 overall) in the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill., Friday.  Wisconsin falls to 13-11.


The Badgers claimed the doubles point, as juniors Lindsay Martin and Katie McGaffigan defeated junior Michelle DaCosta and freshman Kara Delicata 8-5 and the duo of senior Teresa Gonzaga and freshman Caitlin Burke took down senior Kim Plaushines and sophomore Debra Streifler 9-8 (6-4).


Although Wisconsin took the doubles point, it could only claim two of the six singles points. McGaffigan had an easy win over DaCosta, defeating her 6-2 and 6-1. Freshman Kaylan Caiati quickly crushed junior Leanne Rutherford 6-3 and 6-1.


But with the match tied 3-3, Michigan senior Kavitha Tipirneni topped Wisconsin freshman Caitlin Burke 7-5 and 6-4 to give Michigan the win.


Badgers Gonzaga, senior Shana McElroy, and Martin also lost their singles matches.


Ohio State knocks Badger men out of tournament


No. 2 seed Ohio State quickly defeated the No. 10 seed Wisconsin men's tennis team (8-15 overall) to push the Badgers out of the Big Ten Tournament in East Lansing, Mich., Friday morning. 


Unlike in regular season competitions when all of the matches are played out regardless off the outcome, matches at the tournament end when one team secures the four points necessary to win. Thus, after Wisconsin's top two doubles teams fell to Ohio State (23-3) and the Buckeyes earned the doubles point, the third doubles matchup was abandoned.


In singles, Ohio State rapidly obtained the three additional points needed to win. Sophomore Ward Bortz fell to freshman Devin Mullings 6-3 and 6-3, sophomore Mark Weinig lost to sophomore Ross Wilson 6-3 and 6-2, and freshman Pete Amundson succumbed to sophomore Dennis Mertens 6-3 and 6-3. The singles matches at No. 1-3 were abandoned after Ohio State secured the win. The Buckeyes will face Illinois in the semifinals Saturday.


Junior Alex Kasarov made the 2004 All-Big Ten team, the only Wisconsin player to do so. As a Badger, he earned a 12-18 overall singles record (fall and spring seasons) and went 3-8 in the Big Ten while competing at the top singles spot. He also competed with senior David Hippee at the No. 1 doubles spot, where the duo had a 19-10 record.

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