The eighth-seeded Wisconsin mens tennis advanced to the second round of the 2006 Big Ten Men's Tennis Championship by defeating ninth-seeded Purdue, 4-1 Thursday morning at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The Badgers improved to 11-11 and 4-7 in conference after defeating the Boilermakers for the second time since April 16.
Despite the early start time, the Badgers were ready to play. UW got off to a quick start, sweeping the Nos. 1 and 2 matches to claim the doubles point. Wisconsins top duo of Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) defeated Colin Foster and Kurt Zaske in the No. 1 match for the second time in the last 11 days. This time, Polley and Sonkin earned an 8-6 win to move up to 11-4 overall and 6-4 in Big Ten play.
Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria) and Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) solidified the doubles point by defeating Jose Fuenmayor and Scott Warner, 8-3. The win was Kasarov and Bellidos sixth against a Big Ten opponent in the No. 2 spot.
The momentum from the doubles matches easily transferred to the singles courts. With his fresh 114th national ranking, Polley wasted little time in defeating Scott Warner 6-1, 6-1 for UWs second point. Polley has won six consecutive singles matches in Big Ten dual meet competition.
Sonkin proved worthy of his unanimous All-Big Ten team selection by easily defeating Colin Foster 6-0, 6-3 in No. 1 singles to give Wisconsin a 3-0 advantage. After picking up his seventh win in Big Ten play, Sonkin is 16-6 while playing in the top singles spot in every match this season.
Freshman Gian Hodsgon (Savaneta, Aruba) clinched the match with his 12th win of the spring, defeating Griffin Nienberg 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 6 spot. The remaining Nos. 4 and 5 matches were abandoned due to Wisconsin insurmountable 4-1 lead.
The Badgers open the Big Ten championships second-round against another recent opponent, top-seeded and 10th-ranked Ohio State at 9 a.m. in the Baseline Tennis Center.