Wisconsin 6-1 Mens Tennis Tops
Enjoying a spectacular doubles win, Auburn Men’s Tennis beat Wisconsin 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn.
“We were really good at doubles,” Auburn head coach said Bobby Reynolds noted. “On two of the three courts, we didn’t let emotion and lack of experience take over and thwart what we wanted to achieve.
“In singles, we took five first sets, but we need to do better to understand the ebbs and flows throughout an entire match. Wisconsin are a very scrappy, well-drilled character team and we let them feel they had a chance.
“We have to take the opportunities and go for it. We have to play attacking tennis and not be defensive. It was a good learning game. We have a tough road ahead and that gives us a lot to study.”
The Badgers took an early doubles lead on all three courts, but the Tigers fought back. Auburn NCAA Doubles Finalists Tad Maclean and Finn Murget were down 3-2 but turned the momentum of their first-court game to win 6-3 over Jared Pratt and Gabriel Huber.
Auburn’s No. 28 Combo Jan Galka and Tyler Stice suffered his first setback of the spring, losing 6-3 to Robin Parts and Sebastian Vile, leaving the doubles point to be decided on court three, where Raul Dobai and Maxwell Giddens rallied from a 3-1 deficit and prevailed in a 7-3 tiebreaker to win the game 7-6 over Lenard Soha and Tim Dzhurinskiy and clinch the team point for the Tigers.
In singles, the Tigers have won the first set in five of the six encounters. Jan Galka put the first singles run on the scoreboard for Auburn, with a quick 6-1, 6-4 dispatch from Gabriel Huber of the Badgers.
First-year student Will Nolan was next to score for the Tigers with a 6-2, 7-5 advantage over Dzhurinskiy on court six, and Raul Dobai picked up the win for Auburn with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Robin Parts on court four.
Once the game is won, Finn Murget posted a third-set tiebreaker victory for Auburn on court five by a 10-4 margin to win their match 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 and on court one, Tyler Stice came back from a 0-3 deficit in the third set to force a tiebreaker and won that extra stanza 7-3 to defeat Jared Pratt 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 and make the final score 4-1.
Auburn is now 4-0 for the spring season; Wisconsin is now 2-2.
The Tigers will be in action next Friday at Georgia Tech. The next home game is Friday, Feb. 11, and hosts South Alabama. All of Auburn’s home tennis action takes place at the Yarbrough Tennis Center (1717 Richland Road, Auburn) and admission is free. Auburn has a mask policy currently in effect across campus.
Auburn 6Wisconsin 1
#47 Tyler Stice (AU) def. Jared Pratt (UW) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (3)
#59 Jan Galka (AU) def. Gabriel Huber (UW) 6-1, 6-4
Lenard Soha (UW) defeated. #56 Tad Maclean (AU) 6-3, 6-1
Raul Dobai (AU) def. Robin Parts (UW) 6-4, 6-4
Finn Murget (AU) def. Sebastian Vile (UW) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (4)
Will Nolan (AU) def. Tim Dzhurinskiy (UW) 6-2, 7-5
Maclean/Murgett (AU) def. Pratt/Huber (UW) 6-3
Parts/Vile (UW) def. #28 Galka/Stice (AU) 6-3
Dobai/Maxwell Giddens (AU) def. Soha/Jurinsky (UW) 7-6 (3)
Duration of the match: 3h14; Finishing order: Doubles: 2,1,3; Singles: 3,2,4,6,5,1; Official: Donna Jerome