The No. 45 UW mens tennis team picked up a huge road win on Sunday afternoon, defeating No. 36 Minnesota, 5-2, in Minneapolis.
The guys played really hard today and put forth one of their best performances of the year, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. Going into a match on the road against a great team like Minnesota and getting a win is no easy task, especially when you consider that they were coming off of a big win over Northwestern on Friday.
The win boosted the Badgers record to 13-9 and also gave them a winning record in the Big Ten. At 5-4 in conference play, Wisconsin moved up to fifth place in the loaded Big Ten. Minnesota fell to 14-7 overall and 4-4 in conference with the loss.
Our team is certainly peaking at the right time, Van Emburgh said. Were putting ourselves in a better position for both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.
UW started the match by winning all three doubles matches to take the opening point.
Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany) and Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) teamed up at No. 1 and defeated Minnesotas top pair, Nich Edlefsen and Sion Wilkins, 8-3.
At No. 2, Michael Dierberger (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) were able to come out on top, 9-7, in an incredibly tight match over Raoul Schwark and Mikey Kantar.
Playing together for just the second time, Michael Muskievicz (Homewood, Ill.) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) showed no signs of discomfort. The Illinois natives ousted D.J. Geatz and Chi-Lang Pham, 8-4.
Wisconsin was then able to take four of six singles matches to secure the victory.
No. 111 Jeremy Sonkin picked up his second win of the weekend, claiming No. 2 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Nich Edlefsen.
Nolan Polley was dominant at No. 3 singles, failing to give up a game to D.J. Geatz in a 6-0, 6-0 win. The match was Polleys first of the season in the No. 3 slot.
After falling in a tight first set at No. 4 singles to Mikey Kantar, Lachezar Kasarov fought back to take the second, 6-3. Kasarov then got off to a 1-0 lead in the third before Kantar was forced to retire.
UWs fourth and final singles victory came from Felipe Bellido, who won at the No. 5 spot over Sion Wilkins, 6-4, 6-3.
Moritz Baumann had a six-match win streak snapped by No. 73 Raoul Schwark at No. 1 singles and Michael Dierberger was defeated at No. 6 in UWs only losses.
Wisconsin regular season comes to a close next weekend when Michigan State visits Madison. UW hosts the Spartans at noon on Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in a contest that will be team captain Lachezar Kasarovs last-ever match at home.