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

Syracuse earns No. 5 rank in country to start season

first_imgFor the second consecutive season, the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Preseason Poll has Syracuse ranked as the fifth-best team in the country.Syracuse concluded its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference last year ranked second in the poll after posting a 16-4 record. SU received 729 points and was one of six schools to receive a first-place vote (1).Another Top 10 placement in the poll for Syracuse has extended the program’s streak to 65 consecutive weeks of being ranked within the Top 10 teams.Maryland topped the rankings, garnering 881 points and 22 out of 47 first-place votes. Joining Syracuse are fellow ACC foes North Carolina (No. 2), Duke (No. 4), Virginia (No. 6), Wake Forest (No. 11), Boston College (No. 13) and Louisville (No. 15) rounding out the top-20 ranked teams.No. 7 Princeton and No. 10 Massachusetts are also Top 10 teams on Syracuse’s schedule. Eighth-ranked Penn State and No. 9 Old Dominion also cracked the Top 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opens its 2014 season on Friday at Ohio State and faces off against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more