The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team snapped a three-match losing streak with its 6-1 victory over Marquette Wednesday evening at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
UW (4-7) continued its historic dominance of the Golden Eagles (7-9)improving its all-time record to 41-2-1 and winning for the ninth straight timeby taking the doubles point and the first five singles matches en route to a 6-0 lead.
Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) clinched the match by reeling off a 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Ian Kawas at No. 3.
It was a good win for us, head coach Pat Klingelhoets said. We played really well in singles to get a much-needed victory.
Lachezar certainly did his part, also winning in doubles along with Alex Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria). The brother tandem won 8-5 against Troy Delmege and Eigis Vedrickas at No. 1 shortly after Wisconsin lost at No. 2.
At the three spot, Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) tallied two straight aces to earn him and partner Elliott Bisnow (Washington, D.C.) a 7-7 tie with Kawas and Ricky Servoss. The Badger duo then found themselves down 40-15 before taking the next four points to get ahead 8-7.
Sonkin and Bisnow took all four points in the clinching game to win 9-7 and put their team on the board first.
In only an hour, Alex claimed the first singles win, routing Vedrickas 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1. Sonkin followed with his 6-0, 6-4 defeat of Delmege at No. 2.
After Lachezars win, Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) beat Brett Binkley 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4. And, to keep the numerical order of finish intact, Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.) topped Greg Sirotek 6-0, 7-5 at the five spot.
Although I felt we could have played a little better in doubles, Klingelhoets said, I think the guys feel pretty good about themselves, especially heading into our next match.
The Badgers will take the following week off, returning to action March 21 when they play Indiana State in Miami.