Wisconsins 10th-seeded mens tennis team fell to No. 7 Minnesota, 4-1, in the first round of the Big Championship today in Champaign, Ill. The match marks the end of the spring season for UW as the Badgers finished with an 8-14 overall record, 2-8 in conference play.
They (Minnesota) played pretty well with everyone in the lineup this time, said head coach Pat Klingelhoets. I thought we played hard in singles, but we struggled in doubles. Minnesota has a really good team and they just outplayed us.
Minnesota took an early lead, earning the doubles point in the first phase of the match. The Gopher pair of D.J. Geatz and Mikey Kantardue defeated Wisconsons Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) and Mark Weinig (Aurora, Colo.), 8-2 at the No. 3 spot.
The Badger duo of Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) and Steve Guntly (Genoa City, Wis.) then fell at the No. 2 position to Nic Edlefsen and Raoul Schwark, 8-4.
As a result of Minnesota clinching the doubles point, the top doubles match between 50th ranked Avery Ticer and Adrien Debreyne and Badgers Alex and Lachezar Kasarov (Bourgas, Bulgaria), did not finish. Minnesota was leading 7-3 when the match was called.
In singles play, Sonkin evened the score as he dominated Adrien Debreyne, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 2 slot. Sonkin concludes his debut season with a team-high 16 wins in the spring, and an overall record of 24-12.
Unfortunately, he was the only Badger to register a win in singles as UW dropped the next three matches. At the No. 5 position, freshman Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.) lost to Raoul Schwark, 6-4, 6-1.
At the top spot, No. 31 Avery Ticer ousted senior captain Alex Kasarov, 7-6 (4), 6-1. Clinching the match for Minnesota was D.J. Geatz, who defeated Lachezar Kasarov, 6-2, 6-2.
With the match result already determined, the No. 4 and No. 6 singles matches were abandoned.