The Wisconsin mens tennis team was flawless in the first match of their two-game road trip to Florida, defeating Florida Gulf Coast 7-0 in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday afternoon.
The Badgers remained undefeated on the 2007 season, improving to 3-0 with the win over the Eagles (0-1). UW spoiled Florida Gulf Coasts season opener through solid play across the board, as they didnt give up a single set to the FGCU squad.
Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) led things off for the Badgers, disposing of Brenton Bacon, 6-2, 7-6, at the No. 1 singles slot. The junior was able to put last weeks loss versus Northern Illinois behind him and improve to .500 (1-1) on the season.
Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) followed Polleys lead by notching a win of his own. Sonkin, who had been suffering from an injury to his Achilles tendon, played in his first match since Oct. 2 and defeated Alberto Gutierrez, 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 2 spot.
Team captain Lachezar Kasarov mirrored Sonkins score, beating Alex Gjesten, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 3 singles. The senior, who last week stepped up with a win against Butler at the No. 1 position, is 3-0 on the season.
The bottom half of the singles roster was perfect as well. At No. 4, newcomer Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany) defeated Edson Lima, 6-2, 6-0. At No. 5, Felipe Bellido (Limag, Peru) gave up just one game to Danny Lee, beating the FGCU sophomore, 6-1, 6-0. Baumann and Bellido both improved to 3-0 in 2007. Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) showed no signs of youth in his first singles match of the year, coming up with a win against Mikkel Muller, 6-3, 6-3.
Wisconsin found equal success in doubles play. At the top, Polley/Baumann won a close match versus Bacon/Gjesten, 8-6. Veterans Kasarov/Sonkin teamed up to defeat Gutierrez/Lee, 8-4. At No. 3, the freshmen duo of Michael Muskievicz (Homewood, Ill.) and Michael Dierberger remained undefeated as a team by beating Lima/Muller, 8-1. Muskievicz and Dierberger are now 3-0 in 2007 and 11-0 since first semester of this year.
The Badgers will look to play upon the momentum they gained from their win over Florida Gulf Coast, as they now shift their focus to a big early season match against perennial powerhouse Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes carry a No. 10 national ranking and carry one of the nations top players in Luigi DAgord. Miami hosts UW at noon on Sunday.