The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team lost a close match at Western Michigan, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at West Hills Athletic Club.
The Badgers (3-2, 0-0 Big Ten) earned wins at No. 1, 3 and 4 singles to split six points with the Broncos (6-1, 0-0 Mid-American) but dropped the decisive doubles point after winning one of three matches.
Sophomore Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) won his fourth match in the No. 1 slot in straight sets against Western Michigans Brady Crosby, 6-4, 6-2. Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) defeated Jose Orozco by an identical score while Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) capped Wisconsins singles wins against Alex Birchmeier, 6-4, 7-5.
Unfortunately, the Badgers could not overcome being swept in doubles and come up with one more singles point. In the meet's last match, Wisconsin could not earn the win. Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) lost the meets decisive point in a heartbreaking three-set match against Jeff French, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.
The Badgers finish their road trip at No. 28 Notre Dame. The match begins at Noon central time in Eck Tennis Pavilion. The match will be Wisconsins second against a ranked opponent this spring. Three Irish singles players and one doubles combination are rated among the ITAs top 100, highlighted by eighth-ranked singles player Stephen Bass.