The Wisconsin mens tennis team captured its first Big Ten victory of the season today, dominating No. 57 Minnesota, 7-0 at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. This is the first time UW (7-10, 1-6 Big Ten) has beat the Gophers ( 4-10, 3-2 Big Ten) since March of 2001, when it won, 5-2.
In doubles action, Wisconsins top pair of Alex and Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) defeated D.J. Geatz and Adrian Debreyne, 8-2. The win is the fourth consecutive for the brother tandem, improving their record to 4-3 in the Big Ten.
At the No. 2 slot, Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis) and Steve Guntly (Genoa City, Wis.) cruised by Sion Wilkins and Mikey Kantar, winning 8-2 as well.
Completing the sweep for UW was Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) and Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.) at the No. 3 position. The duo took down Minnesotas Pierre Dumas and Raoul Schwark, 8-5.
The Badgers were able to carry over their success to singles, as they won all 6 matches, giving Wisconsin its first sweep since Feb. of 2003. Wisconsin freshman Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.) snapped his three match losing streak, defeating Dumas, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 5 slot.
Fellow freshmen Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) and Sonkin earned wins as well. Bellido battled with UMs Brian Lipinski to three sets at No. 4 winning, 6-3, 4-6, (10-6) and Sonkin ousted Geatz at No. 2, 6-3, 6-2.
The Kasarov brothers went undefeated in play today, as Alex won 6-3, 6-2 over Debreyne at No. 1 and Lachezar routed Schwark, 7-5, 6-0 at No. 3. Weinig earned his first Big Ten victory with a convincing win over Wilkins, 7-5, 6-0.
UW next faces No.30 Rice in a non-conference dual on Saturday, Apr. 9 at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Wisconsin has only faced the Owls one other timein 1997when it lost, 4-3. This year Rice is 11-5, which includes back-to-back wins against Texas Christian and Lamar.