The University of Wisconsin mens tennis swept the doubles point and won three singles matches in straight sets en route to its third Big Ten Conference win of the season by a 6-1 score against Purdue Sunday afternoon at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Wisconsin (10-10, 3-6 Big Ten) completed its home season by earning its third Big Ten win. The UWs three conference wins is the most the program has had since 2001. The Badgers got a solid team effort to improve on the 2-8 league mark they have finished with each of the last four seasons. Purdue fell to 7-13 overall and 2-6 in Big Ten play.
Reigning Big co-athlete of the week Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) soundly defeated Scott Warner 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles in the shortest match of the contest. Sonkin is 15-5 this season and 8-2 at home. Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) and Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) each turned in straight-set victories at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) and Gian Hogson (Savaneta, Aruba) both came back from 6-2 second-set losses to earn three-set victories for the Badgers. Polley defeated Colin Foster 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 in the No. 2 match while Gian Hodgson beat Kurt Zaske 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in No. 3.
We really got it together in the singles, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. They all played their tails off and took care of business.
UW started the match by impressively sweeping the doubles matches. The nations No. 55 doubles tandem of Polley and Sonkin needed a tie-breaker but eventually defeated Foster and Zaske 9-8 (3) in the No. 1 spot. The UW teams of Bellido and Kasarov as well as Hodgson and Elliott Bisnow completed the sweep with a pair of 8-6 victories.
Our guys still came out a little slow in the doubles but we dug deep in the end, Van Emburgh said. (After yesterdays match against No. 5 Illinois), we were hoping they werent going to come back to play a little bit too relaxed.
The Badgers finished 7-4 at home in their first season under Van Emburgh.
We did a good job at home this season but you always want to try and get better. We are always fighting for that ultimate goal to not have any losses but this was a good way to end the year at home.
Wisconsin concludes it regular season Saturday at noon against No. 8 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.