The No. 65 Wisconsin mens tennis team maintained its record at Nielsen Tennis Stadium to 4-1 with a 7-0 victory against Indiana State Sunday afternoon. Wisconsin won its fifth consecutive home win to improve to 5-4 overall (1-1 Big Ten).
(Playing at home is an advantage because) we know the speed of the courts and we practice here every day, assistant coach Danny Westerman said. We dont have to worry about getting extra practice hits to feel good out there.
Wisconsin lost one of three doubles matches to Indiana State. After taking the No. 3 doubles match by default, the team of Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) and Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) clinched the point with an 8-4 victory against Anton Tsymbalov and Rishi Behl.
The Badgers took four of six singles matches in straight sets. After dropping his first set, 6-3, Wisconsins Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) came back to beat Behl in the meets closest contest (3-6, 7-5 (10-6)).
We came out ready to play across the board, Westerman said. Lachezar had a tough match. I was really impressed with how he played, especially since the match had already been decided. He just took care of business and gained confidence.
Sophomore Brennen Phippen (Bradenton, Fla.), who is 4-4 in singles play this spring, did not participate in the meet because of injury.
The Badgers host the Butler Bulldogs Saturday at noon in Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsin then embarks on a three-match road trip to Milwaukee and Florida over spring break.
(Success on the road) starts with our doubles, Westerman said. Weve won the doubles point in these last couple of matches and I think our guys are really buying into our strategy. Weve shuffled some guys around and I think theyre doing a better job. Hopefully we can go out on the road and get that first point.