Wisconsin mens tennis player Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) walked away with two victories at todays qualifying round of the 2004 Big Ten Men's Singles Championships in Madison. The wins earned him a spot in tomorrows main draw, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Kasarov first defeated Matt Zollman of Purdue, 6-2, 6-4. He then beat Tom Bangnato of Indiana in the second round, 7-5, 6-2. Tomorrow Kasarov will face Brian Compton of Michigan State at 10:30 a.m.
Also in action today were juniors Jordan Raemisch (Middleton, Wis.) and Steve Guntly (Genoa City, Wis.). Raemisch defeated Aaron Schaechterle of Iowa, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in the first round but was unable to advance as he lost to Joseph McWilliams of Michigan State, 6-0, 2-6, 6-3. Guntly won his first round match as well, beating GuillermoLasso of Penn State, 6-0, 6-4, but fell in the second round to Vinny Gossian of Michigan, 6-2, 6-4.
The Big Ten Championship features all the teams in the Big Ten including nine teams ranked in the top 75 nationally: Illinois (2nd), Ohio State (12th), Minnesota (38th), Northwestern (41st), Michigan State (53rd), Michigan (55th), Purdue (60th), Indiana (61st) and Penn State (64th).
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