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

Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Jill Ellis expects challenge from Sweden, but isn’t worried about past

first_imgThe Americans and Swedes, set to play in their sixth match in the World Cup, have a rich history after meeting 38 times. One of the last times they met on a major international stage came during the 2011 tournament, which resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Americans. Another noteworthy loss came when Sweden knocked the USWNT out of the 2016 Rio Olympics in the quarterfinals. Watch USWNT coach Jill Ellis’ LIVE press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Group F finale vs Sweden https://t.co/LXaLOvi2So— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 19, 2019″The team feels very different than the group that we took to the Olympics, but at the same time I remember in 2015, the feeling that the group had from the 2011 loss,” forward Christen Press told reporters.  Related News “That really motivated people and carried us through that tournament, and I think that despite the fact that it’s been three years, you don’t forget the taste in your mouth when you fail and you lose a world championship. I think there’s definitely a bit of that that will act as motivation and you always play to win and to never have that feeling again.” Despite the two teams’ storied past, the Americans’ focus is on the present and what they can do going forward. “Players and coaches are not focused on what was, we’re focused on what will be and that’s really where you have to be,” Ellis said. “You’ve got to look forward. The players — it’s a different team, it’s a different time. The past is irrelevant. The game in front of you is the critical piece for us.”Ellis explained that while Thursday’s match will be the most competitive for the U.S. up until this point of the tournament, the game will give the Americans a chance to fine-tune and make adjustments as they enter the knockout Round of 16.  “This is why it’s such a good game for us because it’s going to be a game to really work on some of the things that we’re going to need as we advance to the next round,” Ellis said. “I think the performance piece is the number one thing for us — giving our players a good test against a good side.”The winner of Thursday’s game will top Group F and move on to face Spain in the Round of 16, while the loser will face whoever finishes second in Group E ⁠⁠⁠— either the Netherlands or Canada.The U.S.-Sweden match kicks off at 3 p.m. ET Thursday (Fox) at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France. Women’s World Cup 2019: Sweden to change tactics for USA match The U.S. Women’s National Team hasn’t faced much of a challenge through the first two games of the group stage at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but coach Jill Ellis expects that to change in Thursday’s match. “I’ve obviously watched film and I’ve watched Sweden and I think it’s going to be a very intense game, very combative game,” Ellis told reporters Wednesday. “A game with a lot of transition, a game that’s going to be fiercely competed inside the 18 on both ends. It’s a game where both teams have a lot of experience in terms of where they’re at. I think it’s going to be a great game.” Women’s World Cup 2019: U.S. coach Jill Ellis praises Carli Lloyd after two-goal performance Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know, how to watch USA vs. Swedenlast_img read more