The Badger mens tennis team (3-4, 0-1 Big Ten) swept all three doubles matches and notched five singles wins for a 6-1 defeat of Butler University (4-9) Saturday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsin is now 2-0 all time against the Bulldogs, having last defeated them April 11, 1955.
The No. 3 doubles tandem of freshmen Elliott Bisnow (Washington D.C.) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) downed Butlers Mike Weaver and Tony Aker, 8-6. Clinching the doubles point for UW was No. 2 Mark Weining (Aurora, Colo.) and Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) who upended the duo of James Low and Parker Ross, 8-6.
Rounding out the doubles sweep for Wisconsin was the brother team of Alex and Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria), who slid past the Bulldogs Andy Bartish and Eric Breitenbach, 8-7 (3).
This was a much needed win with last weekend being a tough weekend for us on the road. Butler is a good team and they put up a strong fight, especially in doubles, said head coach Pat Klingelhoets.
In singles action, freshman Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) extended his winning streak to three at the No. 5 position. He breezed past Butlers Eric Breitenbach, 6-0, 6-0. With the win Bellido improves to 9-8 on the season, 4-2 this spring.
Finishing second was No. 1 A. Kasarov, who defeated James Low, 6-1, 6-4. Clinching the match for Wisconsin was L. Kasarov who won 6-4, 6-4 against Parker Ross. Freshman Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.) also notched a win today as he defeated Mike Weaver, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Sonkin continued his success at No. 2, winning his fifth straight match of the year today. The freshman defeated Andy Bartish, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Jeremy is playing great, he just keeps improving, said Pat Klingelhoets. His confidence is increasing with every match and he is really starting to believe in his game.
The Wisconsin mens tennis team returns to action at 11 a.m. Satuday, Feb. 26, at Michigan State.