The University of Wisconsin mens team won two of three doubles matches and five of six singles matches Saturday afternoon against Iowa, cruising to a 6-1 victory.
We did a solid job today, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. I was satisfied with todays performance but there is room for improvement and room to play better.
The Badgers earned five singles victories against the Hawkeyes. Sophomore Jeremy Sonkin, owner of the Big Tens fourth-highest winning percentage in No. 1 singles coming into the match (.688), earned his 12th win of the season in the top spot against Bart van Monsjou, 6-3, 6-1. Sonkin is 13-5 this season.
Nolan Polley and Kasarov both notched their ninth victories of the season in the No. 2 and 4 positions, respectively. Polley improved to 9-5 in No. 2 singles against J.P. Ritchie (6-4, 6-4) while Kasarov moved to 9-5 in No. 4 singles after a victory against Chaitu Malempati (6-3, 6-4). Polley is 11-6 overall this season and Kasarov is 12-5.
Wisconsin soundly won the top two doubles matches to secure the first point of the match. The No. 55 duo of Polley and Sonkin continued their impressive season with an 8-5 win over Taylor and Ritchie in No. 1 doubles. UWs top tandem is 8-2 this season. Bellido and Kasarov defeated van Monsjou and Malempati 8-6 in No. 2 doubles for their eight win of the season (8-1) to clinch the doubles point.
This match allowed us to see where we need to improve and were going to have to be hitting on all cylinders tomorrow (against No. 40 Minnesota), said Van Emburgh.
With the improving weather, fans can anticipate tomorrows match against No. 40 Minnesota to be played outdoors. We have been practicing outdoors all week so that wont really change anything, Van Emburgh said. It should be a good match, Minnesota is a top 40 team. We anticipate playing our best tennis because we know that that is what its going to take to beat a team like Minnesota.
UW hosts No. 40 Minnesota at noon tomorrow at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Admission is free to the public as fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Badgers.