The No. 65 University of Wisconsin mens tennis team won its Big Ten Conference home match Friday night at Nielsen Tennis Stadium with a 7-0 sweep of No. 75 Michigan State.
Wisconsin (4-4, 1-1 Big Ten) won all six singles and all three doubles matches to solidify its second Big Ten Conference victory.
The guys that are here now have really bought into the program, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. Theyre all hungry, dedicated and getting confident. They know our capabilities now and theyve all improved immensely.
The Badgers won the doubles point for the first time in four matches by sweeping the Spartans in emphatic fashion. In the No. 2 and No. 3 matches respectively, the UW earned a pair of comfortable wins: Gian Hodgson (Savaneta, Aruba) and Brennen Phippen (Bradenton, Fla.) won 8-3 while Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) and Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) won 8-6.
The No. 1 tandem of Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) and Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) fought off five break points and managed to complete the sweep of the doubles point in the closest match with a 9-8 (10-8) defeat of No. 41 Nick Rinks and Adam Monich.
The doubles came out great today, Van Emburgh said. We mixed some things up and it really worked. Sonkin and Polley really came through. They were down a break the whole time and they (came back to) beat a ranked team. They really dug deep a showed a great deal of desire. The match just went our way tonight.
Sonkin, the reining Big Ten Athlete of the Week, defeated No. 77 Rinks 6-3, 7-6 in No. 1 singles. Phippen and Polley both recorded hard-fought three-set victories to highlight the Wisconsin singles effort. In the No. 3 match, Phippen defeated John Allare 6-1, 6-7 (10-3). Polley beat Monich 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 at No. 2 to finalize the sweep.
I think everyones really excited, Polley said. Weve worked hard this year. Its finally paying off and hopefully we can keep it going. Were not satisfied with 2-0.
Wisconsin hosts Indiana State in a non-conference match at noon on Sunday in Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Sycamores have a 5-4 record before heading into a pair of road matches this weekend.