The eighth-seeded University of Wisconsin mens tennis team ended its Big Ten Championship appearance by losing a 4-0 decision in the quarterfinals to the top-seed, 10th-ranked Ohio State, in inclement conditions Friday morning at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
We got moved indoors (half way through the match) but I dont think that swayed anything either way, head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. (Ohio State) is a top team and their coaching staff kept encouraging them to make sure their players didnt underestimate our team.
A pair of UW doubles tandems fell 8-4 in the Nos. 1 and 2 matches. The team of Nolan Polley (Lexington, Ky.) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) fell to the nations top-ranked tandem of Scott Green and Ross Wilson. Polley and Sonkin completed their season with an 11-5 overall and 6-5 record against conference foes. Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) and Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) led Drew Eberly and Bryan Konieck 7-5 in the No. 3 spot before the contest was abandoned.
We played Ohio State close in the doubles but they eventually showed why they are in the top part of the national rankings, Van Emburgh said. They have the top team in the nation and they have lost only one match thi season. They proved worthy of that ranking today.
Sonkin dropped a 6-0, 7-5 match to the countrys 40th-ranked player, Bryan Koniecko, in No. 1 singles. Sonkin is 16-7 this spring and is awaiting a potential individual bid into the NCAA tournament.
Two Badgers singles players won their first set against Buckeye opponents before their respective matches were abandoned. Polley, the 114th-ranked singles player in the nation, won the first set 6-3 against No. 99 Chris Klingemann and was trailing 3-2 in the second set. Polley stands 17-5 in singles play this spring and 9-2 in the Big Ten.
In search of his 14th win of the dual meet season, Kasarov won the first set against No. 118 Devin Mullings 6-3 but was behind 4-3 in the second set.
I am pleased with the progress our guys made this season, Van Embugh said. I feel that we turned the curve because our guys kept competing hard in every match and kept improving.
With all seven members of this years team returning next season to mentor a new class of recruits, Van Emburgh is already planning for a successful 2006-07 season.
Its nice to have such a young team because Im excited to see how much they improve as they get another year older. Were also bringing in a new group of players so it will be nice to know that they will be led by a quality group. I wish the next season started tomorrow.