The brother duo of Alex and Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) captured an upset victory over Indianas 56th ranked pair of John Stone and Ryan Recht, but it was not enough as the Wisconsin mens tennis team (6-10, 0-6 Big Ten) lost to No. 54 Indiana (9-8, 2-2 Big Ten), 5-2.
Wisconsin captured the first point of the afternoon by winning two doubles matches. The Kasarov tandem took down the No. 56 Recht-Stone team 8-6, giving UW a 1-0 lead.
The Hoosiers would fight back though, as Dmyto Ishtuganov and Jakub Praibis defeated Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) and Steve Guntly (Genoa City, Wis.), 8-6.
The Badgers doubles combo of Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.), secured the doubles point with a 9-7 victory at the No. 3 spot
In singles, Indiana notched the first win to tie the match at 1-1. IUs Tom Bagnato defeated Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.), 6-2, 6-0, a the No. 5 slot.
The Badgers were quick to answer, as Sonkin roared back from a heartbreaking loss yesterday, to defeat Ryan Recht, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2
Unfortunately, the win at No. 2 would be the only singles victory for the Badgers as they dropped the remaining four matches, giving Indiana its third Big Ten victory.
A. Kasarov fell to No. 39 Jakub Praibis, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1, while Ishtuganov defeated Weinig, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6.
Freshman Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) battled with Neil Kenner at the No. 4 position but lost, 6-4, 6-4. Sophomore L. Kasarov fell at the No. 3 slot to David Bubenicek by the same score of 6-4, 6-4.
UW will be on the road for two straight weeks before returning for the final home match of the year against Ohio State on Friday, Apr. 22.