Doubles win streak comes to an end, Wisconsin Badgers fall to Illinois Fighting Illini

Wisconsin faces Penn State Friday in a winnable match Friday and then takes on the elite Ohio State Buckeyes Sunday. 

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After putting the entirety of the Big Ten on notice by beating No.19-ranked Northwestern Friday, Wisconsin dropped its first conference match of the season in a Sunday matinee against No. 28 Illinois in Madison.

All season long the Badgers have been able to rely on their doubles rotation to grab the doubles point, without fail, for 15 straight matches. Sunday afternoon saw the ridiculous run come to an end, against an Illinois doubles squad that hasn’t been particularly strong this season.

The contest began on an unfamiliar note as top doubles duo Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge fell, 6-3. The two juniors recorded only their fourth loss of the season in the top spot, key contributors in the Badgers’ outlandish doubles success this year.

The ship appeared to right itself when junior Lamar Remy and freshman Chase Colton fought their way to a 7-5 victory in second doubles.

The doubles point and the 15-match streak came down to senior John Zordani and sophomore Osgar O’Hoisin. Illinois’ Gui Gomes and Zeke Clark proved to be too much for the third doubles stalwarts, stealing a 7-5 victory and putting a stop to Wisconsin’s doubles dominance.

Freshman Daniel Soyfer, who came into Sunday’s match with a shining 9-2 record at the sixth doubles position, lost his third match of the season in straight sets (6-2, 6-2).

Carranza, in a wild back-and-forth match, came away with a victory against Julian Childers at the fourth singles slot. He took the first set with ease, dismissing Childers 6-0. In the second set, the momentum flipped and Carranza fell behind early—eventually losing the second set 6-2. In the final set, Carranza willed his way to victory to finish it off, 6-2.

Colton followed with his sixth win of the season at fifth singles, good enough to bring him above .500 for the year.

Remy and Dodridge both lost in three sets at first and second singles respectively.

The Badgers lost the match 4-2, as their doubles were unable to cover for their mediocre singles play for the first time this season.

Next Saturday, Wisconsin will take a trip to East Lansing to face off against an unranked Michigan State squad.

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