The Wisconsin mens tennis team forced four singles matches to three sets but could not avoid a 6-1 defeat to No. 28 Notre Dame Sunday afternoon at Eck Tennis Pavilion.
Wisconsin (3-3, 0-0 Big Ten) has lost its last three dual matches, including two defeats on the road against ranked opponents (No. 4 Pepperdine and No. 28 Notre Dame). Notre Dame (4-4, 0-0 Big East) features three singles players ranked among the nations top 75 as well as a doubles tandem among the top 20.
Junior co-captain Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) earned the UWs point in the No. 4 singles match against Barry King. Kasarov dropped the first set 6-3 but battled back to take the second set from King, 7-6 (7-2). Kasarov finalized the victory with a strong 7-5 third set win.
Both Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) and Brennen Phippen (Bradenton, Fla.) won the first set but could not manage to take another set to clinch victories. Polley started fast in the No. 2 match against the nations eighth-ranked player, Stephen Bass. Polley won the first set, 6-3, but lost the subsequent sets 6-3, 6-4. Phippen won the first set against Brett Helgeson in No. 3 singles, 6-4, but could not earn more than one point for the rest of the match, losing the last two sets 6-1.
The Badgers were swept in doubles for the second straight match. Wisconsins No. 1 combination of Phippen and Gian Hodgson (Savaneta, Aruba) were defeated 8-3 by Notre Dames Eric Langenkamp and Ryan Keckley, who are currently ranked 12th in the nation.
Wisconsin opens Big Ten Conference competition by hosting No. 55 Northwestern (5-5, 0-0 Big Ten) at noon CT on Saturday in Nielsen Tennis Stadium.