The Wisconsin men's tennis team fell in its Big Ten opener at No. 39 Northwestern on Saturday, and fared no better at Ball State Sunday, losing 4-3 to the Cardinals.
The Wildcats defeated the Badgers 5-2, as only freshmen Jeremy Sonkin and Felipe Bellido defeated their opponents. With the win, Northwestern moves to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Sonkin, playing at the No. 2 singles spot, defeated senior Chuck Perrin 6-1 and 6-4, while Bellido stopped junior Adam Schaechterle in three sets: 6-3, 4-6, 1-0.
Senior Alex Kasarov, sophomore Lachezar Kasarov, junior Jordan Raemisch and freshman Elliott Bisnow all lost to their respective Wildcat opponents.
In doubles play, only the team of Bisnow and Sonkin won. Playing at the No. 3 spot, they defeated Matt Christian and Willy Lock 9-8 (5). Junior Mark Weinig and Raemisch lost their first doubles match of the season, to senior Tommy Hanus and Schaechterle, 8-5, at the No. 2 spot. The Lachezar brothers, paired together at No. 1 doubles, fell to Perrin and sophomore Christian Tempke.
Against Ball State Sunday Wisconsin (2-4, 0-1) struggled in doubles play and failed to win a doubles match. In singles, Alex Kasarov defeated Matt Baccarani 6-4, 7-6 (3) at the top spot. Sonkin and Bellido won their second singles matches of the weekend, earning points for Wisconsin but it was not enough. Bisnow, freshman Brian Ko and Lachezar Kasarov all dropped their respective contests, giving the Cardinals the win.
No. 5 Northwestern stuffs UW women's tennis
The No. 36 Wisconsin women's tennis team hosted No. 5 Northwestern Sunday morning at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium but came up short, falling to the Wildcats 5-2.
Playing in its first conference match, Wisconsin (3-3 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) picked up its two points from redshirt freshman Nicole Beck and true freshman Chelsea Nusslock. Playing at No. 5 singles, Beck defeated junior Jamie Peisel 7-5, 4-6, 10-8, while Nusslock took down freshman Alexis Conill 6-4, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.
No. 53 Katie McGaffigan fell to top-ranked Audra Cohen 6-3, 6-3. No. 99 Caitlin Burke also faced a tough opponent in No. 4 Cristelle Grier. Burke took Grier to a tiebreaker in the second set but fell 6-2, 7-6 (4). Senior Lindsay Martin and sophomore Kaylan Caiati lost at the 3 and 4 spots, respectively.
Northwestern (6-2, 1-0) swept the doubles competition.
"I was pleased with how we were able to get ourselves in a position where we were able to win two matches today," Wisconsin head coach Patti Henderson said. "We're getting closer. We just have to continue to work on the things that we've been working on."
Softball falls in season opener
Rain in Tempe, Ariz., kept the Wisconsin women's softball team from competing in the first two days of the Kajikawa Classic. South Carolina kept Wisconsin out of the competition Sunday, shutting out the Badgers 9-0.
The Gamecocks (6-1) scored five runs in the top of the first inning, placing the Badgers in an insurmountable deficit. Already up 2-0, South Carolina sophomore utility Chrissy Schoonmaker hit a three-run home run to put the Gamecocks up 5-0.
South Carolina freshman pitcher Jessica Barnes allowed seven hits while Wisconsin sophomore pitcher Eden Brock took the loss. Senior Katie Layne came in to relieve Brock in the fourth and promptly gave up South Carolina's sixth run.
Wisconsin came close to scoring, loading the bases in the bottom of the fifth inning with no outs but freshman right fielder Joey Daniels hit into a double play and sophomore outfielder Sam Polito was picked off on the next play.
Freshman pitcher Ricci Robben relieved Layne in the top of the sixth and gave up a two-run home run to South Carolina junior catcher Ashley Smith and a solo shot to freshman shortstop Lisa Longo put the Gamecocks up 9-0.
Wisconsin had four errors and was out-hit 12-7.
Women's golf tops Gophers
Wisconsin's women's golf team beat Minnesota in match-play competition in the Wisconsin-Minnesota Cup at the Westbrook Village's Lakes Course in Phoenix, Ariz., prevailing 13.5-4.5
The Badgers won five of six individual matches, earned 3-0 victories from Nick Morse and Jackie Obermueller. Only Katie Elliott lost, 2.5-.5.