Nolan Polley and Jeremy Sonkin won the top two singles matches and teamed to win in No. 1 doubles but the University of Wisconsin mens tennis team could not prevent a 5-2 loss to Minnesota Sunday afternoon at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
The Badgers are 9-9 this season and 2-5 against Big Ten Conference opponents while the Golden Gophers improved to 11-9 overall and 5-1 in Big Ten play.
We fought hard, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. Were in every match and were getting a good effort (from the team) but Minnesota is a top team and will probably finish among the top three in the Big Ten so they are a good solid team and tough to beat.
In the first outdoor home match of the season, both Polley and Sonkin added to their win totals with impressive singles wins against the Golden Gophers. Polley earned his 12th win of the season against Andres Osario with a quick 6-4, 6-2 victory.
Sonkin had to play a little longer but still maintained his team lead in wins by earning his 14th win in a hard fought match against No. 59 D.J. Geatz. Sonkin played through two tie breakers to claim the 7-6 (6), 7-6 (9) victory, his second against a ranked opponent this season.
I was able to get it done today by just focusing on the ball and blocking everything else, Sonkin said. I just took the match point by point and it worked out for me.
Polley and Sonkin teamed in doubles to defeat Adrien Debreyne and Raoul Schwark in impressive fashion with an 8-3 win. The duo improved to 9-2 this season with all wins coming in the No. 1 spot.
We got a good effort from our No. 1 and 2 positions today, Van Emburgh said. Were persevering and we will keep improving.
Wisconsin concludes its home schedule with pair of matches next Saturday against No. 7 Illinois and Sunday against Purdue. First serve of both matches is scheduled for noon.