Women’s tennis hopes to overcome season of bumps, bruises

first_imgThis year, the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team has dealt with more than its fair share. With numerous injuries forcing adjustments in the lineup — oftentimes playing matches without a full roster — the Badgers have truly tested their players and overall attack of the game.”With all that we’ve dealt with, we’ve really had to re-evaluate our goals and overall strategies,” head coach Patti Henderson said. “At the beginning of the year, we set goals that we wanted to happen and achieve, and things have definitely been tested.”With the team’s No. 1 singles player Caitlin Burke injured, Kaylan Caiati and Liz Carpenter — No. 2 and No. 3, respectively — have had to step up.”Although there have been close matches we’ve been unable to win, Kaylan and Liz have definitely stepped up,” Henderson said. “By showing that these girls can be confident at a higher level, the younger members of the team should follow by example and apply it to the court.”At this point in the season, Wisconsin’s goal is simply to keep playing through the adversity it has encountered.”It’s important that everyone plays their hardest and leaves the match, win or loss, knowing you put everything out there,” Burke said. “While we have been struggling a little, it’s important to set by example and go out there and give it your all every time.”If anything, our main goal is to make sure that the Badger legacy lives on and that we return to the tennis world as a threat in our final upcoming games this season.”A tough schedule awaits as Wisconsin (3-10 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) faces its last non-conference opponent in No. 3 Notre Dame (14-1 overall, 0-1 Big East) Thursday at the Neilsen Tennis Stadium and finishes the season with five Big Ten matches.With the grueling schedule ahead, the Badgers know that this is their time to show that, despite the setbacks, UW is a team to watch out for.”If we are able to win all the rest of our Big Ten conference matches, then there is definite potential to get back on track and finish the season on a good and positive note,” Henderson said. “With the schedule we have coming up, it’ll be interesting to see if matches will go our way, and if it does, this team is right back in it.”last_img read more

PHOTOS: New Cape Coast stadium set for official opening

first_imgThe new  Cape Coast stadium will officially be opened on Tuesday evening by the President of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama after over two years of construction and fixes.The 15,000 capacity edifice is a $35 million project wholly financed as a grant by the People’s Republic of China.However before the official opening, students from second cycle institutions in the Central Region have engaged in inter schools games’ –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

NFL mock draft 2020, Georgia edition: Projecting Jake Fromm, De’Andre Swift & other Bulldogs picks

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/25/d1/jake-fromm-nfl-draft-ftr_1n5v3pld04rej1f7pywjf4839j.png?t=-2003010215&w=500&quality=80 Seven Georgia players were taken in the 2019 draft — the most in Smart’s tenure. This year, Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer is projecting the Bulldogs to surpass that mark with eight draftees, matching the program record (2002, 2013).Here are the Bulldogs players SN projects will be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft according to our seven-round mock draft.NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 100 prospects in 2020NFL mock draft 2020: Georgia’s projected picks Jake Fromm, QBProjected: Round 3, Pick No. 98 (Patriots)Fromm may not possess an elite arm like some of the quarterbacks projected to go ahead of him, but his intelligence, decision-making skills and leadership qualities still make him a solid option to fill the big shoes left by Tom Brady. He should fit nicely in Bill Belichick’s system and could give Jarrett Stidham competition for the Patriots’ starting job.J.R. Reed, SProjected: Round 4, Pick No. 145 (Eagles)Reed’s measurables aren’t the most impressive you’ll find among defensive backs, but what he lacks in explosiveness he makes up with a high football IQ and a great family pedigree. His father, Jake, was an NFL receiver with the Vikings and Saints, and his uncle, Dale Carter, was a long-time pro defensive back. The Eagles’ secondary was pretty poor last season, so Reed’s heady play could offer them a boost.Rodrigo Blankenship, KProjected: Round 5, Pick No. 172 (Patriots) The Patriots released veteran Stephen Gostkowski back in March, which means they’re still in need of a kicker. Who better to replace him than America’s sweetheart, Hot Rod? While Blankenship may be better known for his sexy goggles, his friendship with Quavo and his surprising ability to spit some pretty sick bars, he’s also a pretty darn good kicker. He made 80 of 97 (82.5 percent) field goal attempts for his career, including 27 of 33 (81.8 percent) in 2019, which earned him Lou Groza honors as the nation’s top placekicker. He hit a career-long 55-yarder in the 2018 College Football Playoff against Oklahoma, so he’s definitely got the range to kick in the NFL.Charlie Woerner, TEProjected: Round 7, Pick No. 254 (Broncos)Woerner wasn’t much of a pass-catcher in his four years at Georgia and isn’t particularly big for a blocking tight end at 6-5, 244 pounds. But what he lacks in size and skill, he makes up for with his aggressiveness. He’s willing to give that extra effort when it comes to isolation blocks. Those are the kinds of traits teams look for towards the end of the draft. Andrew Thomas, OTProjected: Round 1, Pick No. 14 (Buccaneers)The Buccaneers are looking for someone to line up at right tackle to replace free agent Demar Dotson, which makes Thomas a good fit. Thomas has good size at 6-5, 315 pounds and could help Tampa Bay open up the run game, which would help ease the transition for Tom Brady.De’Andre Swift, RBProjected: Round 1, Pick No. 26 (Dolphins)The Dolphins already have a physical back in Jordan Howard, but Swift has the potential to be a feature back with the ability to get the tough yards in between the tackles, break off big runs and even make an impact in the passing game. He, along with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (Sporting News projects Miami will take him with the fifth overall pick) could forge a deadly duo for years to come if things go right.Isaiah Wilson, OTProjected: Round 2, Pick No. 64 (Seahawks)Seattle is due for an upgrade at right tackle, and while Wilson (6-6, 350) may not be the best pass blocker, his raw strength made him a dominant presence on the right edge at Georgia. He’ll fit right in with the Seahawks’ physical rushing attack.Solomon Kindley, GProjected: Round 3, Pick No. 73 (Jaguars)The Jaguars could use an improvement at right guard, and Kindley (6-3, 337) has the potential to do just that. He was a big part of a Bulldog rushing attack that posted 185.9 yards per game on the ground and will be the third Georgia lineman taken in this year’s draft. His physicality should make him an effective run-blocker, and his skill should allow him to develop into a solid interior pass-blocker. Georgia just keeps getting better under Kirby Smart.Last season the Bulldogs finished with a 12-2 record, falling just shy of reaching a second College Football Playoff appearance in Smart’s four seasons at the helm after losing the eventual national champion LSU in the SEC Championship. Georgia Athletics https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4e/6/andrew-thomas-070319-uga-ftrjpg_dpl49x0kptzq1sfm8ryq9dlil.jpg?t=-1291028589&w=500&quality=80last_img read more