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Badgers men's tennis tops San Diego, advance in NCAA Tournament

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – No one on the Wisconsin men’s tennis roster had ever played an NCAA championship match, but they sure didn’t act like it on Friday. The Badgers took down San Diego in impressive style, boasting a 4-1 win in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles.

After jumping to a 3-0 lead, freshman Daniel Soyfer clinched the Wisconsin win on court 6, inspiring a celebratory dog pile and advancing the Badgers to the second round on Saturday.

“It’s really hard to get here and then to win a match here, to survive and advance, is amazing,” head coach Danny Westerman said. “These guys have earned it. I’m blown away with their professionalism. It’s an amazing feeling and so rewarding for these guys.”

Wisconsin (18-7) grabbed its first NCAA tournament win since 2010 and just the fifth in program history. UW will now face fifth-ranked host, USC, on Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT).

“This shows what we’re made of, it shows that we’re at the national level and that we can compete with the best and now win at the NCAA tournament,” Westerman added.

UW and USD faced each other two months ago in a 5-2 Wisconsin win. Friday’s rematch wasn’t even as close.

The Badgers showed no nerves in the early going, snatching the double point with matching 6-2 wins on courts 2 and 3. John Zordani and Osgar O’Hoisin took down USD’s Alex Araouzos and Guus Koevermans while the duo of Lamar Remy and Chase Colton dispatched Gui Osorio and Joel Gamerov.

“We came out hot and really wanted to make the most of this opportunity,” Remy grinned. “Today was a great day. We all played really well. The guys were fired up and we came out strong in singles and doubles.”

Remy stayed hot atop the Badgers’ singles lineup, tallying perhaps his best win of the season, overwhelming No. 93 Filip Vittek, 6-3, 6-1.

“He beat me the last time we played in March so today I played him a little differently,” Remy (23-15) revealed of the 7-6, 6-2 setback two months ago. “I wanted to be more solid on the baseline. When I played him back in March I felt like I gave him a lot of errors and really boosted his confidence. Today I really just stuck with my gameplan of being tough out there.”

“USD probably thought that was a match up they had in their favor,” Westerman admitted. “To turn a match that we lost earlier this year was huge. I’ve been telling our guys from spring break on how much they’ve improved. This shows how far Lamar has come in the last two months.”

O’Hoisin (25-15) was the first Badger to finish, recording a tidy 6-0, 6-3 win over Josh Page at No. 4 singles. The Toreros would get one point back with a win on court 2, but Soyfer took any drama out of it. Soyfer (26-11) authored a pair of dominating sets to post a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 win over Alex Araouzos.

Wisconsin will return to Marks Stadium on Saturday to take on No. 5 USC. First serve is set for 3 p.m. (CT).

“We’ve played top-5 teams,” Westerman said. “We played Ohio State twice and we felt like we belonged out there. We’re going to be really excited to play them on their courts and hopefully keep it close and anything can happen.”

#30 Wisconsin 4, #47 San Diego 1

Friday, May 12, 2017

Marks Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.

SINGLES

1. Lamar Remy (UW) def. Filip Vittek (USD) – 6-3, 6-1

2. Gui Osorio (USD) def. Josef Dodridge (UW) – 6-2, 6-3

3. Chema Carranza (UW) vs. Guus Koevermans (USD) – 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 unfinished

4. Osgar O’Hoisin (UW) def. Josh Page (USD) – 6-0, 6-3

5. Chase Colton (UW) vs. Joel Gamerov (USD) – 6-4, 4-4 unfinished

6. Daniel Soyfer (UW) def. Alex Araouzos (USD) – 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

Order of Finish: 4, 1, 2, 6

DOUBLES

1. Vittek/Page (USD) def. Carranza/Dodridge (UW) – 6-3

2. Colton/Remy (UW) def. Osorio/Gamerov (USD) – 6-2

3. O’Hoisin/Zordani (UW) def. Araouzos/Koevermans (USD) – 6-2

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

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