Nolan Polley won his 10th singles match but the University of Wisconsin mens tennis team still dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 30 Michigan Saturday afternoon at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
The Badgers are 8-6 this season and 1-2 in Big Ten Conference competition. Michigan improved to 9-6 overall and remains tied for first place with a 3-0 conference record.
(This match) is an eye opener for our guys, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. Michigan came out hard and they were ready to play. They got on top from the start of the doubles and used that momentum into the singles.
Polley (Lexington, Ky.) soundly defeated Michigans Brian Hung 6-4, 6-1 in No. 2 singles for Wisconsins lone point of the match. Polley is 11-2 this season and is one win shy of Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) for the team lead in singles wins.
Nolan (Polley) has really raised his level (of play) this year, Van Emburgh said. He is a talented, left-handed player. He is starting to really find his way and discovering his own ability in tennis.
UWs No. 3 doubles team of Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) and Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) battled back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Michigans Steven Peretz and Peter Aarts, 8-6. Bellido and Kasarov are 6-1 this season and are one of three Big Ten tandems to remain unbeaten against conference competition.
Unfortunately, Bellido and Kasarovs victory came after Wisconsin lost both No. 1 and 2 matches to fall behind 1-0. The No. 1 tandem of Polley and Sonkin lost their first match of the season to the nations eighth-rated duo of Matko Maravic and Brian Hung, 8-5. Polley and Sonkin now have a 6-1 record this season.
Michigan is a top 30 team and were still trying to establish ourselves, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. Judging by todays performance, were not quite there. Theres a lot of room for improvement and a lot of work to do.
UW will play its first Big Ten road match against Indiana at 3 p.m. Friday in Bloomington.