The Wisconsin mens tennis team kicked off its spring break trip with a 4-3 victory over Indiana State this morning at Neil Schiff Tennis Center. With the win the Badgers improve to 5-7 on the season, while Indiana State falls to 5-6.
In singles action, freshman Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) added another victory to his record as he overwhelmed Rishi Behl, 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 2 position. Sonkin leads the team with a 17 wins, including nine this spring.
Fellow freshman Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.) took down the Sycamores Aaron Phillips. 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 5 spot to improve to 5-5 on the spring. Senior captain Alex Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) also won today, as he defeated Anton Tsymbalov, 6-3, 6-3.
Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) and Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) both lost in three sets today at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. Lachezar fell to Simon Thornewill, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, while Bellido lost to Christopher Eldon, 1-6, 7-6, 10-4.
In doubles action, the Badgers swept the Sycamores to earn the team point. At No. 1, the brother tandem of A. Kasarov and L. Kasarov defeated Simon Thornewill and Aaron Phillips, 8-2. Also winning by a score of 8-2 was freshman Elliott Bisnow (Washington, D.C.) and Sonkin. The duo defeated Indiana States Kevin Doh and Rishi Behl at No. 3.
Completing the sweep for UW was Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) and Steve Guntly (Genoa City, Wis.), both of whom ousted the Sycamores Anton Tsymbalov and Christopher Eldon, 9-8 at the No. 2 position.
I was happy with our play today, said head coach Pat Klingelhoets. I thought our doubles went excellent and we adjusted well to playing outdoors very well. Hopefully our solid play can continue for the rest of the week and we can get some more wins.
The Badgers continue their spring break trip on Wednesday, March. 23 against Miami at 5 p.m. CT.