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No. 73 SMU Nabs Win Over No. 41 UW



The No. 41 UW mens tennis teams spring break did not start the way the Badgers had hoped. Wisconsin was unable to open the week with a win, falling short, 5-2, to No. 73 SMU on Monday afternoon in Dallas, Texas.

The Mustangs (10-8, 0-1) wasted no time in putting the match away, leaving no chance for the dangerous UW (9-8, 2-3) squad to stage a comeback.

After SMU won two of three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead in the match, the Mustangs won three-straight singles matches to notch the victory.

Federico Murgier was the first to finish, defeating UW senior Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-1.

Adolfo Solares won in straight sets as well, downing freshman Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.), 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 6 position.

No. 67 Alex Skrypko then clinched the match by taking the No. 1 slot over No. 98 Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.). Sonkin lost a hard-fought first set, 7-5, and fought back to take the second set in convincing fashion, 6-2. Sonkin, however, did not have quite enough to pull out the third and final set, losing, 6-3.

The Badgers were able to get successful efforts from Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany) and Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru).

Baumann finished on top in a seesaw battle over Olivind Alver at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, while Bellido won a close match of his own, beating Robin Faghen, 7-6, 7-6, at No. 5 singles. Bellidos win improved his 2007 record to 13-2.

After splitting sets with David Kuczer at No. 2 singles, Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) was defeated by Kuczer in the third set super tiebreaker, 10-8.

Wisconsins spring break in Texas will continue tomorrow when the team faces No. 74 TCU at 6 p.m. in Fort Worth, Texas.

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