The Wisconsin mens tennis team (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) opened the spring season by shutting out Northern Illinois 7-0 Friday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
It was the first win at Wisconsin for head coach Greg Van Emburgh.
Im really excited. I know I dont show it too often, but it was great, Van Emburgh said. Our guys just played really hard with a high level of intensity. They were really focused and determined from the first point of doubles. Its important for us to get off to a good start and really come out blazing. Northern Illinois is a solid team that could come up and give us a challenge but I think our guys just really matched that level.
All six Badger singles players recorded wins against the Huskies. Jeremy Sonkin defeated Brian Livingston 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 1 slot. Sophomore Philipe Bellido earned a 6-3, 6-3 win against Alfonso Monroy in the closest contest of the match.
Wisconsin also won the doubles point by taking two of three matches from Northern Illinois. Co-captains Lachezar Kasarov and Sonkin defeated Northern Illinois No. 1 team of Adam Ford and Alex Friesen. Nolan Polley and Bellido claimed the other win in impressive fashion, defeating Diego Zegarra-Ballon and Jimmy Chu 8-0 in the No. 3 match.
I felt like if our guys played well, it was a possibility that we could get a big win, Van Emburgh said. We have a good, solid team. Weve got spots that can play big and weve got players that can pick it up.
Brian Livingston and David Katz avoided the sweep for the Huskies (0-2, 0-0 MAC) with an 8-6 win over Brennen Phippen and Steve Guntly in No. 2 doubles.
The Badgers play host to DePaul at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.