Men’s tennis fall season nearing conclusion

first_imgInstead of joining fellow Madison students in Halloween festivities this weekend, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team will travel to East Lansing, Michigan where they will compete in the Big Ten Fall Singles Championship. The men will then officially end their fall season the following weekend in Flushing, New York at the USTA/ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championships.The team is coming off of weekend play at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championship where senior captain Marek Michalicka fought his way to the third round of singles play to go up against Ohio State’s Balazs Novak. Novak ultimately ended Michalicka’s run with a hard-fought 7-5 set, followed by a 6-2 set. Wisconsin’s doubles showed strength, as all three pairs made it to the second round of play.A look backThe 2009-2010 men’s tennis team took their success to new heights last season, extending their journey all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.Sophomore Billy Bertha ended the 2009-2010 season with a singles record of 20-13 and a doubles record of 11-8. Bertha says he gains motivation from, and strives to continue, the success that their team had last year-Wisconsin finished off the season ranked No. 23 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, in addition to making it to the Sweet 16.UW ended their season with a 21-9 record, made it to its first-ever NCAA Sweet 16, had two players – Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka – make the all Big-Ten team and in the process Baumann became the first Badger to become a four-time honoree.Keep in mind, before last season, men’s tennis had not had a 20-win season since 1990.Head coach Greg Van Emburgh is proud of last season and aims for similar results this spring.“We had a great year last year, so we want to really build from that year. We always set high goals, and last year was one of those years that all those goals fell into place. We’re going to try to build off last year.”Continued successMichalicka entered this year with a singles career record of 74-23, and a doubles career record of 67-32. If these impressive results continue throughout his last season, Michalicka could find himself breaking UW records.Sophomore Ricardo Martin also joins Michalicka and Bertha in returning from last year’s NCAA tournament.Those three returners have defended their accomplishments from last year by finding success so far this fall season.Bertha and Martin were the men’s doubles champions at the Milwaukee Classic, Bertha made it to the consolation match in the A-1 singles bracket at the Virginia Invitational and Michalicka was chosen to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-American Championships, where some of the top collegiate tennis players compete.Taste of Collegiate LevelThe team lost three graduating seniors at the conclusion of last season, but was welcomed this fall with two new freshmen.The fall season has allowed the freshmen to dip their feet into a new level of play, bringing fast-paced matches, quicker opponents and more seasoned competitors.“I think the most important thing that we’re trying to do is to get as many matches as possible for the younger guys and gain that additional experience that we definitely need and will use for the spring season,” Van Emburgh said. “I’m hoping we’re going to be able to get some more wins this weekend and go a little further in the tournament. The guys are putting in a hard week of work in practice, so I feel confident that they’ll definitely be ready for the last tournament of the fall season.”Off-season agenda The fall season ends November 7, and play doesn’t begin again until January 22, where the team will kick-off the spring season against Butler and UW-Whitewater.The off-season doesn’t necessarily mean the men will have a break; the tennis team will be working on strength and conditioning, as well as focusing on certain skills that may need improvement.“I think we’re still going to go back and work on things individually with specific guys and make sure they’re getting better everyday,” Van Emburgh said of what preparation will look like this winter. “I think that’s the most important part. It’s kind of been our motto in the past: always try to come out and get better.”last_img read more

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Ghana calls-up pre-CHAN squad

first_imgGhana names a 28-man squad to begin preparations for next year’s African Nations Championship – CHAN – on December 17.Only one second-tier player, Joseph Larweh from Tema Youth makes the list which is dominated by players from Premier League.The selected players are to report to camp at the M-Plaza Hotel in Accra at 10:00am.The home-based national team, who won the GoTV Wafu Cup last month are paired in Group C with Libya, Ethiopia and Congo for the 2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa.The 16-nation tournament to be staged by South Africa will kick-off on 11 January and finishes on 1 February 2014.Selected squad Goalkeepers: Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars) Foli Adade (Medeama) Isaac Amoako (Asante Kotoko) Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Tijani Joshua (AshantiGold) Francis Morton (Ebusua Dwarfs) Emmanuel Asante (Bechem United) Kwabena Adusei and Abeiku Ainooson (Asante Kotoko) Nuru Sulley (Hearts of Oak) Alfred Nelson (Liberty Professionals) Attamah Larweh Joseph (Tema Youth) Midfielders: Michael Akuffo, Jordan Opoku, Richard Mpong and Yahaya Mohammed (Asante Kotoko) Jackson Owusu (Berekum Chelsea) Moro Abubakar (Hearts of Oak) Edmund Owusu-Ansah (Heart of Lions) Daniel Darkwah (Aduana Stars) Theophilus Anobaah (Medeama) Aseidu Attorbrah (New Edubiase) Latif Mohammed and Francis Adjei (AshantiGold) Strikers: Sulley Mohammed (King Faisal) Richard Gadze (Ebusua Dwarfs) Samuel Yeboah (Hearts of Lions) Kennedy Boateng (Medeama)last_img read more

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MLB wrap: Kyle Seager’s 3-homer night highlights Mariners win

first_imgThe Mariners don’t have much to play for.They are last in the American League West and 21 games back in the AL wild-card race. The Tigers don’t have much going for them either. But that doesn’t mean players still can’t shine. Kyle Seager did just that. The third baseman had a three-home run night in Seattle’s 11-6 win over Detroit. Seager became the 11th Mariner in team history with three home runs in a single game. Related News Still counts.Kyle Seager becomes the 11th Mariner in franchise history with three home runs in a game. 👏 #TrueToTheBlue pic.twitter.com/n7SQa8ZoOH— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 14, 2019But he wasn’t the only one with a hot bat. Tom Murphy hit two homers in the win. In fact, both came directly after Seager’s in the fourth and sixth innings.It was Seattle’s second win in 10 games. Detroit had a bit of a hot streak itself in the third through fifth innings, scoring all six of its runs then. But it couldn’t put anything else together the rest of the game. Zac Grotz earned the win after pitching 1 2/3 innings.Matthew Boyd was tagged with the loss after he allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Studs of the NightJ.T. Realmuto hit a home run and drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI double in the Phillies’ 4-2 win over the Cubs.Real smooth. #RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/YiIXhkVmei— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 14, 2019Chris Sale became the fastest pitcher to 2,000 strikeouts (1,626 IP) in MLB history after breaking Pedro Martinez’s previous record of 1,771 1/3 IP.Domingo Germán pitched seven innings allowing two runs on five hits for the eventual win to be the first 16-game winner in the majors as New York dropped Baltimore 8-3.Duds of the NightNothing was happening offensively for the Rangers. Five batters, with three-or-more at-bats, laid goose eggs in a 3-0 loss against the Blue Jays.Jeff Brigham struggled. The Marlins righty gave up four runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. They went on to lose 15-1 to the Dodgers.HighlightsTodd Frazier tried and failed. Gerrit Cole injury update: Astros starter (hamstring) doesn’t believe he’s seriously hurtcenter_img Phillies’ defeat of Cubs aided by one of worst strike-3 calls of all time Run on Ronald?Bad choice. pic.twitter.com/k4CxwvHwqI— MLB (@MLB) August 14, 2019The only answer to this question is yes.You think George Springer was ready for the 1st pitch? 😱 #Crushed pic.twitter.com/w74XO2uxyb— MLB (@MLB) August 13, 2019What’s Next? Mets (61-58) at Braves (71-50), 7:20 p.m. ET — The Braves will hope to keep their streak, and their advantage over the National League East, on Tuesday. They already topped the Mets on Tuesday and are now on a two-game winning streak. Atlanta will start Dallas Keuchel (3-5, 4.83 ERA) to try and keep it going. New York will counter with Steven Matz (7-7, 4.49).last_img read more

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