Wisconsin (8-4 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) lost the doubles point but fought back to win four straight singles matches to preserve the win over the Spartans (10-4, 0-2).
"We've been in that situation before in which we've been behind and then came back to win the match," head coach Patti Henderson said. "I felt the team fought hard in singles and I'm proud of the way they responded."
No. 100 sophomore Caitlin Burke defeated Pascale Schnitzer 6-1, 6-2 and sophomore Kaylan Caiati defeated Shelley Brady 6-2, 6-2 in singles action to give Wisconsin a 2-1 lead. Senior Lindsay Martin and freshman Chelsea Nusslock won their matches to clinch the win for Wisconsin. Redshirt freshman Nicole Beck also won her match. Only senior and No. 93 Katie McGaffigan, playing at the top spot, fell to No. 100 Keri Thompson 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (9).
Wisconsin faces No. 39 Michigan Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Women's golf: Badgers take eighth
The Wisconsin women's golf team finished eighth at the Baylor-Tapatio Springs Invitational Saturday in Boerne, Texas. Juniors Lindsay McMillan and Jackie Obermueller tied for 24th to lead the Badgers to a team score of 962 (329-310-323). Baylor won with an 897 (295-291-311).
McMillan and Obermueller, each of whom shot a 236 at the 54-hole invite, were Wisconsin's top finishers. Freshman Katie Elliott shot a 238 (81-76-81), earning a 30th-place tie, while sophomore Nicki Morse finished in 85th with a 260 (84-87-89) and sophomore Melissa Martin placed 89th with a 262 (93-79-90). Baylor's Josefin Svenningsson won with a 221 (72-70-79).
Men's golf: Badgers defeat Eagles
The Wisconsin men's golf team defeated Marquette 285-293 Friday afternoon at the Orange County National Golf Course in Orlando, Fla. Although five Badgers competed in the dual, the top four scores were calculated in the final total.
Sophomore Garrett Jones shot a 70, two under par, while freshman Jeff Kaiser shot a 71, his lowest score of the spring. Seniors Brian Brodell and Ryan Conn shot 72s to round out the scoring. "This meet was a good stepping stone for us to start preparing for the main portion of our spring schedule starting in mid-April," assistant coach B. J. Endicott said.