The 34th-ranked Notre Dame mens tennis team defeated Wisconsin, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. The Badgers fall to 1-1 on the season, as the Fighting Irish remain unbeaten at 4-0.
Wisconsin captured the doubles point in the first phase of the match, taking victories at No. 1 and No. 3. The Badgers top pair of senior captain Alex Kasarov and brother, sophomore Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria), clinched the team point for UW. The duo defeated Brent DAmico and Ryan Keckley of Notre Dame, 9-8 (6).
DAmico and Keckley led for most of the match, but the brothers tied it up at 5-5, and eventually won in a hard fought tie breaker. Also winning in doubles were Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) and Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.) who beat Notre Dames Barry King and Stephen Bass, 8-6.
Winning the doubles point was very import for our team. It made us feel like we had a good chance to win the match, said Coach Pat Klingelhoets. If you dont win the doubles point against a team like Notre Dame, then realistically its really tough to win the match. I give Notre Dame credit because they got on a roll and played extremely well in the singles.
Unfortunately, the wins were unable to carry over into singles play for Wisconsin, as Notre Dame swept the Badgers to earn 6 points. Coming closest for UW was No. 1 A. Kasarov and No. 2 Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.). Both Badgers lost 7-5, 6-2, to Stephen Bass and Barry King, respectively.
Wisconsin is next in action Jan. 29 against Western Michigan. The match is at Noon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.