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Five Things to Know: Badgers welcome two West Coast foes

Five Things to Know: Badgers welcome two West Coast foes

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MADISON, Wis. โ€” The Wisconsin men’s tennis team hosts another round of matches this weekend, as it welcomes Washington on Friday, Feb. 2 followed by Oregon on Sunday, Feb. 4. The matches will commence at 5:30 p.m. and 11 a.m. respectively, and will be played inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Here are five things you should know before Wisconsin hosts its two opponents:

1. SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: The Washington Huskies are 2-2 to begin the 2023-24 season, with the team’s most recent matches being a 4-0 loss to Oklahoma, followed by a 4-1 loss to South Florida. The Badgers and Huskies last played one another back on Feb. 27, 2022 in Seattle, with Wisconsin ultimately falling to the Huskies, 5-2. This season, Washington has the No. 12-ranked doubles pair, composed of Cesar Bouchelaghem and Dzianis Zharyn. The pair has competed alongside one another two times to start the season, going 1-1 and most recently earning a 6-2 victory against the No. 1 doubles pair at South Florida.ย ย 

2. SCOUTING THE DUCKS: As for Oregon, the Ducks are 3-2 to begin the season, but are coming off two-straight losses after dropping matches to Boise State, 4-3, and Vanderbilt, 4-2. The Ducks have the No. 66 ranked singles player in the ITA Preseason poll, Quinn Vandecasteele, who has gone 2-2 at No. 1 singles to start the season. Looking back, Wisconsin and Oregon last faced off Feb. 25, 2022 in Eugene, with the Badgers snagging the upset road victory against the No. 42-ranked Ducks.ย ย 

3. LAST SERVE: In Wisconsin’s last time out on the court against Old Dominion on Friday, Jan. 26, the Badgers were defeated, 5-2. Wisconsin played a bit of an unorthodox match, with three playersย out due to injury, leaving just five eligible student-athletes. Wisconsin was forced to forfeit both a doubles and singles match in the absence of Mihailo Popovic, Gabriel Huber and Jason Hildebrandt. The Badgers won their final two singles matches of the day, with Oliver Olsson taking the victory at No. 5 doubles against Aryan Saleh, 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7), followed by Michael Minasyan, who defeated Codie van Schalkwyk at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9).

4. FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live updates on the Badgers can be found on X (@BadgerMTennis) and Instagram (@wisconsintennis), while live scoring/streaming is HERE.

5. UP NEXT: Wisconsin hosts Auburn on Friday,…

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