The Wisconsin mens tennis team won its second Big Ten match of the season today, defeating Purdue, 4-3 at the Varsity Tennis Courts in West Lafayette, Ind. With the win, the Badgers improve to 8-11 overall and 2-6 in the league, while the Boilermakers fall to 3-13 on the season and 0-7 in conference play.
Purdue took the early 1-0 lead with, sweeping the doubles. The duo of Jeremy Sonkin (Whaeton, Ill.) and Mark Weinig fell first to the Boilermakers Colin Foster and Scott Warner, 8-3 at the No. 3 spot.
Earning the point for Purdue was David Robinson and Paul Rose, defeating Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) and Steve Guntly (Genoa City, Wis.), 8-6.
In singles play, Sonkin tied the score at 1-1 with an early defeat of Filip Koziell at the No. 2 position. The freshman won, 7-5, 6-2, improving to 6-2 in the Big Ten.
Fellow Freshman Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.) followed up Sonkins success with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Purdues Warner.
The Boilermakers answered with a win at the No. 6 spot. Wisconsins Raemisch fell to Eric Hodgman, 7-6, 6-1, evening the score at 2-2.
At the No. 3 slot, Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) routed Robinson, 6-4, 7-5, giving Bellido his fifth Big Ten victory.
In the battle at the top spot, No. 77 Paul Rose overpowered Badger captain A. Kasarov, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
The match then came down to Weinig at the No. 4 spot. The junior escaped Foster, 7-6, 7-6, earning his second Big Ten win of the season.
The Badgers now travel to Champaign, Ill. to battle No. 2 Illinois, on Sunday at noon.