The Wisconsin mens tennis team dropped its Big Ten season opener today on the road against No. 39 Northwestern. The loss puts the Badgers to 2-3 on the season, 0-1 in conference play.
The Wildcats took an early lead on UW as they won both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches, earning the doubles point. Today's match marked the first doubles loss this season for the duo of Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.) and Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.). The juniors lost to Tommy Hanus and Adam Schaechterle, 8-5, at the No. 2 spot.
At No. 1 doubles, senior Alex Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) and sophomore Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) fell, 8-5, to the team of Chuck Perrin and Christian Tempke.
Freshmen Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) and Elliott Bisnow (Washington D. C.) defeated the No. 3 team of Matt Christian and Willy Lock, 9-8 (5), for the Badgers only victory.
The momentum did not transfer to singles for No. 3 Bisnow, as he was defeated early on by Christian Tempke, 6-2, 6-0. The loss put NU ahead 2-0, until fellow freshman, Sonkin, took down Chuck Perrin, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 2 spot.
Victory seemed within reach for Wisconsin until the Wildcats ran away with the next three matches. Lachezar Kasarov lost at the No. 4 spot to Willy Lock, 6-2, 6-1 followed by No. 6 Raemisch losing to Matt Christian, 6-4, 6-1, to clinch the match for NU.
Also falling today for Wisconsin was A. Kasarov, who lost to Tommy Hanus, 7-6, 6-4. The match did end on a high note for UW, as freshman Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) won in three sets against Adam Schaechterle, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0.
Wisconsin is next in action tomorrow as they travel to Munice, Ind. to take on Ball State. The first serve is set for 11 a.m.