The University of Wisconsin men's tennis team was looking to avoid its second straight loss, but instead it was defeated 4-3 by No. 63 Western Michigan Saturday afternoon at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Alex Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) was the first to put UW (1-2) on the board after topping Jose Orozco 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. But his point came too late, as the Broncos (3-2) had already clinched the match when Brady Crosby defeated Mark Weinig 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4.
Western Michigan is a great team, head coach Pat Klingelhoets said. I thought they played with a little more enthusiasm than we did, especially in a few spots.
Wisconsin started the contest by dropping its first doubles point of the season. After Elliott Bisnow (Washington, D.C.) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) were beaten 8-4 at No. 3 by Jeff French and Bryan Norville, Alex and Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) could not rally at No. 1 and lost 8-5 to Crosby and Tommy Dennis.
Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) and Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.) prevented the sweep with their 8-6 victory over Orozco and Tim Bradshaw at the two spot.
Western Michigan proceeded to take the next three pointsat Nos. 6, 3 and 4to take a 4-0 lead before Alexs win.
Lachezar followed up with a 7-6 (1), 6-3 triumph over Alex Birchmeier at the five spot to put the score at 4-2. Sonkin closed out competition with his three-set, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Dennis at No. 2.
We knew coming in the doubles point would be big, but we ended up being a little flat, Klingelhoets said. (Still), I was pleased with all our wins in singles. Alex and Jeremy especially played some tough opponents, and Lachezar hadnt played for a while (in singles) but still got a win.
The Badgers close out their four-match home stand by playing DePaul at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Please note that the contest was changed from the original day of Wednesday.