The Wisconsin mens tennis team fell to No. 24 Ohio State Friday afternoon in their final regular season match of the year. The Buckeyes (17-6, 8-1 Big Ten) notched the doubles point and took 4 out of 6 singles matches to beat the Badgers (8-13, 2-8) at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Despite the losing their final home match, the Badgers walked out on a positive note, as the doubles pair of Alex and Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) defeated the No. 1 doubles team in the nation in a thrilling 9-8 (5) victory over OSUs Scott Green and Ross Wilson.
The match was tight throughout as neither team was able to break, sending the match into a tie breaker. Ohio State jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the Kasarov duo rallied back, winning 7-5 to win the match.
I thought the match was great, said head coach Pat Klingelhoets. It is the best doubles match I have ever seen Alex and Lachezar play and I am just really proud of them.
Unfortunately, the Badgers could not pick up another win in doubles play as the Buckeyes went on for an 8-3 win at No. 2 and an 8-5 victory at No. 3.
Ohio State then rolled through four consecutive singles matches to clinch the team victory. Freshman Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.) fell first in singles to Wilson, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 5 slot.
No. 67 Joey Atas then took down Lachezar Kasarov at the No. 3 position, winning, 6-3, 6-4.
Junior Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.) fell at the No. 6 spot to Ohio States Dennis Mertens, 6-4, 6-4. Also losing 6-4, 6-4 was senior captain Alex Kasarov to No. 57 Devin Mullings at the top spot.
Wisconsin was able to earn the final two victories of the night as freshmen Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) won at the Nos. 4 and 2 spots respectively.
Bellido came back from losing 0-6 in the first set to win 0-6, 7-6(3), 1-0(9) against Green. Sonkin took down Ohio States Chris Klingemann in two sets, winning 7-6 (6), 6-4.
The Badgers next travel to Champaign, Ill. for the Big Ten Championship, April 28- May 1.