Although the Wisconsin men's tennis team lost its final regular-season tennis match Friday afternoon in Madison, the top doubles pair of Alex and Lachezar Kasarov upset the Buckeye pair of Scott Green and Ross Wilson, the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the nation. Wisconsin, though, fell to Ohio State (17-6 overall, 8-1 Big Ten) 5-2.
Neither duo was able to earn a break in regulation, sending the match into a tiebreaker. In the extra session, the Green/Wilson tandem jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the Kasarovs rallied back to win 7-5 and take the match 9-8 (5). After this upset, though, Wisconsin (8-13, 2-8) could not muster another doubles win and Ohio State took the doubles point.
"I thought the match was great," head coach Pat Klingelhoets said. "It is the best doubles match I have ever seen Alex and Lachezar play and I am just really proud of them."
In singles, only freshmen Jeremy Sonkin (at No. 2) and Felipe Bellido (at No. 4) defeated their opponents. Bellido overcame a 0-6 first set to win the next two 7-6 (3) and 1-0 (9), while Sonkin defeated Chris Klingemann 7-6 (6), 6-4. Freshman Brian Ko, junior Mark Weinig, and Alex and Lachezar Kasarov all fell to their opponents, giving Ohio State all the singles points it needed to secure the win.
Wisconsin heads to the Big Ten Championship April 28-May 1 in Champaign, Ill.
Softball: UW wins with five-run ninth
After giving up a two-run lead in the sixth inning, the Wisconsin softball team rattled off five runs in the top of the ninth inning to come away with an 8-3 win at Purdue in the Badgers' first conference road game this season, Friday in West Lafayette, Ind.
With the win UW improved to 18-19 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten, snapping a seven-game losing streak in conference play, while building a five-game winning streak overall.
UW opened its game-winning scoring burst when Athena Vasquez gave the Badgers a 4-3 lead with an RBI single. Three batters later, freshman Katie Hnatyk smashed a one-out three-run home run to put UW in command. It was Hnatyk's second home run of the game, tying a school record, and her sixth of the season.
Ricci Robben would cap the scoring with a two-out RBI single.
Hnatyk, who went 3-for-5 and tied a school record with nine total bases, also hit a home run in the top of sixth that gave UW a 2-1 lead. And she scored the game's first run, crossing the plate in the top of the third.
Robben, who was 2-for-5, also had a two-out RBI single in the sixth, which gave the Badgers a 3-1 lead.
The Boilermakers matched UW's single run in the third and two in the sixth, but could not answer in the ninth. Brooke Baker (13-12) took the loss for Purdue, allowing five runs and 14 hits in 8 2/3 innings. Reliever Melissa Burns gave up three runs in just 1/3 of an inning for the Boilermakers, who fell to 29-18-1 overall and 5-6 in the Big Ten.
UW rapped out a season-high 16 hits versus Purdue's pitchers.
Senior pitcher Katie Layne (5-6) allowed just one hit and one walk in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief work in securing the win for the Badgers. Sophomore starter Eden Brock scattered 11 hits and a walk across 7 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs.
Wisconsin wraps up a two-game series with PU at noon Saturday.
Women's golf: scraping bottom
The Wisconsin women's golf team is in 11th after the first day of competition at the Big Ten Championships, which are being held in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Badgers shot a 650 (323-327) after the first 36 holes.
Individually, junior Lindsay McMilllan leads the Badgers with a 158 (80-78); she is in a tie for 25th overall. Freshman Katie Elliott had the second lowest score, with a 163, good for 43rd duty.
Volleyball: Badgers soar over Phoenix
The Wisconsin volleyball team, competing in its final match-up of spring exhibition play, defeated the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 4-0 Wednesday night at the Field House in Madison.
Wisconsin defeated Green Bay 30-21, 30-19, 30-24 and 30-21 and was led by senior middle blocker Sheila Shaw, who had 14 kills, a .458 hitting percentage and six service aces. Junior middle blocker Maria Carlini and senior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto had 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Jackie Simpson had 34 assists, five block assists and five kills.
UWGB's Jackie Rosen had team highs in kills (13) and digs (11).
Wisconsin out-hit Green Bay .346-.129, recorded 64 kills to Green Bay's 51, and held a 71-41 advantage in digs.
For Wisconsin, Meierotto and sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack had nine digs each; Wack also had five service aces. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Reineke led Wisconsin with six block assists and one solo block.
Open house at new boathouse
The University of Wisconsin and its rowing programs will hold an open house at the Porter Boathouse April 23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., giving the public a chance to tour the $8.56 million facility. The boathouse is located on the south shore of Lake Mendota, at the north end of Babcock Drive. The rowing teams will compete at the Midwest Rowing Championships at Vilas Park on Lake Wingra Saturday morning.