Behind the strength of its second doubles sweep of the season, the No. 62 Wisconsin mens tennis team defeated Butler 7-0 Saturday afternoon at Nielsen Tennis Stadium for its sixth shutout victory of the season.
I was impressed with how our guys came out and focused today, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. No one was distracted by what was going on around them in other matches. They just tried their best and wanted to win every single match and fortunately that happened today.
Wisconsin (6-4, 1-1 Big Ten) swept the double point from Butler (6-8, 0-0 Horizon), the second doubles sweep for UW this season. The Badgers won all three matches in convincing fashion, led by Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) and Jeremy Sonkins (Wheaton, Ill.) 8-4 victory over Butlers Brandon Gill and Parker Ross at the No. 1 spot.
It was great to come out and get that doubles point, Van Emburgh said. Butler has a good doubles team and they have taken the doubles point from top-ranked competition like No.15 Clemson. (It was important) for us to get the doubles from a team like that gives us a lot of confidence that we hope to take into the rest of our schedule.
Sonkin, the two-time defending Big Ten Conference athlete of the week, set the tone in singles play as five of six Badgers won in straight sets. At the No. 1 spot, Sonkin defeated Gill 6-2, 6-0. Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) won his sixth consecutive match in a three-set victory over Butlers No. 4 player, Andy Bartish 6-1, 7-6 (8-6), 10-7.
Wisconsin begins a three-match road trip at 2 p.m. Wednesday against in-state rival Marquette before traveling over spring break to Florida for two matches at Florida Atlantic and South Florida.