The 46th-ranked Michigan State mens tennis team defeated Wisconsin Saturday afternoon, 6-1, in East Lansing, Mich. The loss drops Wisconsin to 0-2 in the Big Ten, 3-5 on the year, while Michigan State improved 1-0 in the Big Ten and 9-3 overall. UW is now 30-34 all-time against the Spartans, dropping the last four consecutive matches.
MSU captured the doubles point, sweeping all three matches. The No. 26 duo of Andrew Formanczyk and Nick Rinks overpowered UWs top team of Alex and Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria), 8-4. With the win Formanczyk and Rinks are now 11-1 on the season, while the Kasarovs drop to 3-7 (0-2 Big Ten).
In other doubles matches, the Spartans Brian Compton and Adam Monich defeated juniors Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.) and Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.), 8-3. At the No. 3 slot, Michael Flowers and Cameron Marshall took down UW freshmen Elliott Bisnow (Washington D.C.) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.), 8-4.
Wisconsin tied to match up quickly though as Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.) defeated Flowers in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Unfortunately, the Ko victory was the only one for UW as they fell in the next five matches, giving MSU the 6-1 win.
The winning streaks for Sonkin and Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) came to a halt today as they both lost at the No. 2 and No. 5 slots respectively. MSUs Cameron Marshall defeated Sonkin, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, while Bellido fell to Joseph McWilliams, 6-3, 6-0.
At No.1 senior A. Kasarov lost to Formanczyk in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Also losing in three sets was Bisnow, who fell to Monich, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Rinks defeated UW sophomore L. Kasarov, 7-5, 7-5.
The Badgers return to competition Sunday as they face No. 39 Michigan. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m. CT.