Fourteenth-seeded Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.), the last University of Wisconsin mens tennis player remaining in the 2004 Big Ten Singles Championship, fell in the second round consolation semifinal to conclude UW play at the four-day tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Sonkin, who had won two straight to reach the semifinal, was defeated 7-5, 7-6 (3) by Penn States James Dwyer. The Wisconsin freshman was ahead in both sets but could not hold the lead in either case.
Despite the loss, Jeremy had a good tournament. Hes played well all fall for us, head coach Pat Klingelhoets said. Overall, Im happy with Sonkins and the entire teams performance. Everyone competed hard, and all of our guys got a lot of play in.
After dropping his second-round match in the main draw on Saturday, Sonkin was slotted in the second round consolation bracket. There, he topped Brian Lipinski of Minnesota and Ryan Berger of Penn State on Sunday to set up the contest against Dwyer.
Sonkin became the last Badger standing when classmate Elliott Bisnow (Washington, D.C.) was beaten by Dwyer in the second round consolation quarterfinals.
UW will now take a break until it begins its dual season Jan. 21, 2005 against Northern Illinois.