Feb. 13, 2014
MADISON, Wisc. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs will hit the road to face Wisconsin for a 12 p.m. CST affair on Sunday, in what will be SMU's fourth match against a ranked opponent this season.
SMU is 5-3 on the season, coming off two home wins this past weekend. The Mustangs swept Abilene Christian, 7-0, and then topped Texas-Pan American, 6-1.
Wisconsin is 3-2 this season, winning three straight matches. The Badgers' latest win came over No. 70 Tulane, 4-3, on Feb. 2. Wisconsin opened the season with two losses against highly-ranked programs - a 5-0 loss at No. 2 UCLA on Jan. 25 and a 4-1 setback against No. 60 Nebraska the following day. Oskar Wikberg is 4-1 in singles this spring, including an unblemished 3-0 mark in No. 1 singles.
The match will be played at Wisconsin's Nielsen Tennis Stadium, which is ranked by the USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. The complex houses 12 indoor and six outdoor courts and has a capacity of 1,500.
"We're excited to play a good Wisconsin team at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium," SMU head coach Carl Neufeld said. "It's a historic center and we're fortunate to play there. It should be a great match."
SMU is paced in singles by junior Arturs Kazijevs, who is 4-3 this spring and 12-7 in singles overall. Freshman Arkidjas Slobodkins has won his last six matches and is 6-1 overall. Nate Lammons, Mischa Nowicki and Alex Sanders have all won their last two singles matches. Lammons and Sanders hold SMU's best doubles record, currently sitting at 3-2 in No. 2 doubles and 13-5 overall, going 7-3 in their last 10 matches.
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