The Wisconsin mens tennis team swept the Loyola Marymount Lions 7-0 Friday afternoon for its third consecutive shutout victory. The Badgers won eight of nine matches in straight sets to maintain the teams undefeated overall singles record at 18-0.
Wisconsin (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) was led by sophomore Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) who earned a pair of victories in No. 1 singles and doubles. Sonkin earned his third singles victory of the spring against Mike Wojnarowicz 6-2, 6-0. Sonkin teamed with Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) to defeat Wojnarowicz and Matt Phillips 9-7 in the meets closest doubles match.
Loyola Marymount (1-2, 0-0 West Coast) threatened to earn a point in the match in No. 4 singles but Kasarov kept Wisconsins first sweep of the season intact by defeating Phillips in three sets, 4-6, 6-3 (10-5).
It was our first match outdoors since October so we knew we had to come out focused, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. Loyola Marymount is a solid team and theyve been playing outdoors. They played Pepperdine close last season, losing 5-2, so they have some talent.
All six Badger singles players moved to 3-0 through three matches this spring while the top two doubles combinations remain undefeated as well. Wisconsin puts its undefeated marks on the line against No. 5 Pepperdine on Saturday in Malibu, Calif. The match starts at noon Central time.
We came out focused and played well and won every match, said Van Emburgh. It was a really good match and we hope to take that momentum into tomorrows match against Pepperdine.