Tough Big Ten play lies ahead for UW

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s tennis team concluded their non-conference season on Saturday finishing with a record of 9-3 in non-conference play.The Badgers’ early season success included a sweep of all the Wisconsin schools on their schedule – Green Bay, Milwaukee and Marquette – and capped off the non-conference schedule with a 7-0 sweep of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.Head coach Brian Fleishman is happy with the way his team has started the year and hopes they can learn from their losses.“We competed well at times,” Fleishman said. “I think we let some opportunities slip away, but I think we learned from those matches that we didn’t take advantage of and I think we can become a better team from those losses.”With the non-conference schedule out of the way, the Badgers now set their sights on their Big Ten campaign that begins this weekend at Michigan.The Big Ten will prove to be a demanding test for UW featuring three teams – Michigan, Northwestern and Nebraska – in the top 25 of the ITA rankings this year and eight schools in the top 75.Fleishman appreciates just how strong the Big Ten is this season.“[The Big Ten] is a competitive conference this year,” Fleishman said. “It’s much deeper than it was last year. After Northwestern and Michigan, it’s kind of who’s going to play better on that given day.”The Big Ten holds two top-25 singles players in Emina Bektas from the University of Michigan and Kate Turvy from Northwestern University. Bektas has only lost one match in the season and has already beaten the No. 8 singles player in the country, Chelsey Gullickson from the University of Georgia, this year.The conference breaks into the rankings in doubles as well with Northwestern and Michigan both having a pair in the top 25.Wisconsin senior Angela Chupa is going into her third season of Big Ten play and understands that the Big Ten as a whole is improved from just a season ago.“[The Big Ten] is very competitive this year,” Chupa said. “Every team has gotten better. In the past there has been just a couple of dominant teams and everyone else, this year every team has a chance for an upset. We’re just going to beat up on each other.”Wisconsin has not had a winning season in Big Ten play under Fleishman’s four seasons but came dangerously close last year, earning a 5-5 mark against conference foes.The Badgers have only played one conference game this year against the University of Minnesota, which resulted in a 5-2 loss.Fleishman knew his team missed an opportunity to win the first conference match this year.“We let the Minnesota match slip away from us,” Fleishman said. “[Minnesota] is a much better team this year than they were last year and they played really well against us.”In the loss to the Gophers, freshman Sarah Loebel got her first taste of conference play, losing at the No. 3 singles spot. Loebel has a winning record this year in singles matches at 7-4 but admits that while her first Big Ten match was a little intimidating initially, she eventually enjoyed the challenge her first taste of conference play produced.“I was really nervous,” Loebel said. “But the match was really exciting, I thought. And I hope we get some good wins in the Big Ten.”Wisconsin hopes that their early season success will lead to continued success in the gauntlet that is the Big Ten conference.Chupa knows the matches are going to be tough but the only thing that she and her teammates can do is play as hard as they can and hope that they come out on top.“We will have to battle,” Chupa said. “A lot of these matches are going to be really tough. Whoever fights the hardest and wants it the most is going to come out on top. We can never give up, just keep fighting even if you are down because you can always turn it around.“We just need to have fun. That’s what it comes down to – when we are having fun, we play our best.”last_img read more

Ayew and Crystal Palace set abysmal record in Liverpool defeat

first_imgJordan Ayew and his Crystal Palace had a day to forget on Wednesday, succumbing to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield.But even more humiliating for Ayew and his teammates was the new record they set in the process, failing to register a touch in the Liverpool box all game.It is the first time such a statistic has been registered since the 2008/2009 season. Ayew had a night to forget, spending the entire 90 minutes feeding off scraps and chasing after the Liverpool defenders.Palace, however still remain on course to finish in the the Europa League spots for next season, with Ayew’s side just 7 points behind 6th places Wolves.last_img read more

Female volleyball play-off and play-out matches will be played this weekend in Pekija

first_imgFemale volleyball team ”Jahorina” will perform in the first quarter finals match for the champion on Saturday, the 2nd of March against the volleyball players of the team ”HE” from Višegrad. This match will be played at 18:00 p.m. in Pekija. The second quarter final match of the play-off will be played between the teams from Bihać and Gacko.Female volleyball team ”Kula” from Gradačac is currently on the second place on the ranking list of the Premier League, and it has qualified together with the team ”Jedinstvo” directly into the semi-finals of the competition.In the first round of the play-out session team ”Radnik” will play against the team ”Kakanj” and team ”Modrića” will play against the team ”BI Volley”.last_img read more