The No. 48 Wisconsin mens tennis team snapped its four-game losing streak on Wednesday night at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, sweeping in-state rival Marquette, 7-0. The Badgers improved their record to 9-6, while the Golden Eagles dropped to the same 9-6 mark.
It was definitely good to turn things around, assistant coach Evan Austin said. A lot of guys did a lot of positive things.
The dual was UWs first contest at home in over a month and the Badgers did not disappoint the crowd, boosting their home record to 6-1.
A large factor in Wisconsins victory was its stellar play at the top of its singles lineup. Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) played at the No. 1 spot, No. 98 Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) at No. 2, Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) at No. 3, Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) at No. 4, and Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) at No. 5, all of whom won in straight sets. Even more impressive, UWs top five players failed to give up more than 2 games to their Marquette opponents in any of their 10 combined sets.
Gian Hodgson (Savaneta, Aruba) didnt have quite as easy of a time taking down Pete Van Lieshout at No. 6, but was still able to pull off a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win.
Prior to their dominance in singles, the Badgers were able to snatch the doubles point.
Dierberger and Brennen Phippen (Bradenton, Fla.) led things off for Wisconsin. The duo, playing together for the first time, quickly downed opponents Shao and Boulieris, 8-2, at the No. 3 slot.
After the No. 44 team of Polley and Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany) were defeated, 8-5, by No. 58 Binkley/Rutherford at No. 1, Sonkin and Kasarov were able to take the doubles clincher, winning at the No. 2 position, 8-4, over Hagan/Van Lieshout.
Wisconsins next contest will partake on Saturday at noon at Nielsen Tennis Stadium when conference foe No. 28 Michigan visits Madison in a dual that carries great Big Ten implications.
Our match against Michigan is going to be big, Evan Austin said. The match could go either way and could very well depend on the outcome of a few key points.