The Wisconsin mens tennis team fell to Penn State, 4-3, after the Nittany Lions came back from dropping the doubles point to score four singles victories against the Badgers Saturday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. UW moves to 6-9, 0-5 in the Big Ten, while PSU improves to 10-2, 2-2 in the Big Ten.
The day started out with the doubles team of Elliott Bisnow (Washington, D.C.) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Illinois) falling 8-4 to Penn States Chris Sherman and Michael James at the No. 3 spot.
But the Badgers fought back as the duo of Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) and Steve Guntly (Genoa City, Wis.) took down Mark Barry and Ryan Berger, 8-5, to tie the score at 1-1
Clinching the team point for UW was the brother tandem of Alex and Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria), who defeated Bradley Hunter and Malcom Scatliffe, 8-6, at the top spot.
In singles play, Penn State notched two quick victories at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots to take the lead. Penn States James defeated Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.), 6-2, 6-2, while Bisnow fell to James Dwyer of Penn State, 6-2, 6-3.
Felipe Bellido brought UW its first singles victory when he ousted Bradley Hunter, 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 4 position. The triumph gave Bellido his third straight singles win.
Senior captain Alex Kasarov followed Bellidos lead, defeating 98th ranked Mark Barry, 6-1, 7-5. A. Kasarov improves 2-3 in the Big Ten, 11-13 overall. Unfortunately, Lachezar Kasarov was unable to stand off PSUs Ryan Berger at the No. 3 slot, and fell, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, leaving the match tied at 3-3.
The match would then be decided by the fight at the No. 2 position between Sonkin and Scatliffe. The two battled for over three hours, but it was Scatliffe who prevailed, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, to earn Penn State its second Big Ten victory of the season.
Wisconsin is back in action tomorrow as they host the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday, Apr. 3 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Match time is scheduled for noon.