The University of Wisconsin men's tennis team opened the 2005 dual season with a 5-2 victory over Northern Illinois Friday night at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers dominated doubles as they won all three matches, and claimed four of six singles matches to give Wisconsin its first win of the 2005 season.
The Badgers were propelled by their freshmen, as all three went undefeated. Winning first for Wisconsin was No. 5 Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru), who rolled past the Huskies Adam Ford, 6-3, 6-0. Fellow freshman Elliott Bisnow (Washington, D.C.) delivered the second singles win of the night as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Mark Tate at the No. 3 spot.
Clinching the match for Wisconsin was walk-on freshman Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.), who continues to have a breakthrough season. Ko dominated the No. 6 position as he defeated Diego Zegarra-Ballon, 6-1, 6-2. Also winning tonight for the Badgers was junior Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) who won 6-3, 7-5 over the Huskies Alex Friesen.
I think that the freshmen did a great job tonight, said head coach Pat Klingelhoets. Elliott is a guy who is always ready to play and Felipe and Brian are they same way. I think they did an excellent job and we are really happy.
In doubles action, the No. 1 brother tandem of Alex Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) and Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) defeated Willy Gali and Alex Friesen of Northern Illinois with a score of 8-4.
Earning the team point for the Badgers were Bisnow and Steve Guntly (Genoa City, Wis.) at the No. 3 doubles. The duo beat Adam Ford and Diego Zegarra-Ballon, 8-7 (4). Also winning for UW were Raemisch and Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.), who defeated NIUs Erick Martinez and Mark Tate, 8-4.
The Badgers (1-0) return to the court on Jan. 23 when they host No. 34 Notre Dame at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The first serve is scheduled for noon. Check uwbadgers.com for the latest updates and scores.