The Wisconsin mens tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to Iowa, Saturday afternoon at the Iowa recreation building. The loss puts Wisconsin at 0-4 in the Big Ten (3-7 overall), while Iowa improves to 1-0 in the conference (7-1 overall).
In doubles, the Badgers top pair of Alex and Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) defeated Iowas Kyle Markham and Brett Taylor, 8-6, but the Hawkeyes came back to win at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots to take the doubles team point.
At No. 2 Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) and Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.) lost to Chaitu Malempati and Bart van Monsjou, 8-5. The Iowa duo of J.P. Ritchie and Aaron Schaechterle overwhelmed Wisconsins Elliott Bisnow (Washington, D.C.) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.), 9-8 (4) at the No. 3 slot.
Wisconsin roared back in singles action, with freshman star Jeremy Sonkin downing Kyle Markham, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 posistion. Sophomore L. Kasarov notched a win at No. 3, beating Ritchie, 6-4, 6-1. Also earning a singles victory was senior captain A. Kasarov who defeated Malempati, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 at the top spot.
The meet came down to the No. 4 singles match between freshman Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) and Bart van Monsjou. Monsjou prevailed in the three set battle, winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
The Badgers are next in action at home on Wednesday, March 9 against the Marquette Golden Eagles. Match time is set for 4:00 p.m.