UWWTC’s third trip to the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships in Surprise, AZ was probably the most amazing of trips known to man. Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, located 30 miles northwest of Phoenix is a beautiful facility that charges $2/court-hour for players of all skill levels; one of the most fantastic tennis programs I know of in the States. We flew in to Phoenix early afternoon on Wednesday, April 15th. It was actually colder in Arizona, than it was in Chicago that day—not to mention windier than the Windy City. Our first match the next morning, Arizona State, was probably one of the easier matches of the tournament, and we lost 13-29..:D. Kudos to women’s dubs for giving us a 6-5 W though! Georgetown gave us similar troubles—final score 14-29. Again, women’s dubs with the 6-5 win. University of South Carolina next. I won’t make any excuses, but after a long day in the sun, and third match of the day, if we could only pull off 8 games, who could blame us? At least we kept the pattern of winning the one set though—men’s doubles won 6-4! After three tough losses, UWWTC was placed in the top half of the Copper bracket. I’d like to mention, however, that that first day we got to play three completely new teams, and made some new friends too…and THAT’S that UWWTC is all about.

Friday, April 17th. It was even hotter than the first day. 8 AM match again: University of North Carolina-Charlotte. This one was a heartbreaker. Women’s dubs 6-2, Men’s dubs 2-6. Women’s singles 6-5, men’s singles 6-4. Up 3 games going into mixed doubles, UWWTC had trouble finishing. We lost the mixed 6-5 (even after substituting a player), lost two games in over time, and then lost the super tiebreaker 7-5. A pat on the back to UNC-Charlotte for pulling through, but it was still a disappointing loss.

Our first team win came in the back draw of the copper: Carleton College. Two of the three Division III teams at the championships pitted against each other. UWWTC pulls off wins in all 5 sets, losing a total of only 13. It was very satisfying. Our last match, for 60th place, staged on Center Court, was against long time rivals University of Puerto Rico. (They aren’t really long time rivals, we just played them at Nationals last year too—please note that they’re the coolest people…and not just because they’re from Puerto Rico.) We lost 28-13, but once again our girl’d duo Lindsay Harrison and Emily Kappel pull out the 6-4 win. Good job girls!

Our last day in Arizona, we visited the Grand Canyon. Please note that this natural wonder is a 4, NOT 2 hour drive from Surprise, AZ. Just in case your GPS system fools you like it fooled our girls. The sights were well worth the drive though.

We flew back into Chicago on Monday, April 20th. Drove back the same night and were safely in bed by midnight…well…back home at least. Check back soon for pictures of the trip!

 
 


Iowa vs UW-W (20 - 21)

Lindsay Harrison/Ashley Luczak def Iowa 6-1
Iowa def Mehul Kar/Chris Schuster 0-6
Iowa def Ashley Luczak 3-6
Chris Kuhary def Iowa 6-0
Iowa def Chris Schuster/Lindsay Harrison 5-6
Overtime: Iowa 1 - UWW 0
Super tiebreaker: 7 - 4 (UWW)

UW-W vs. UW-Milwaukee (26 - 23)

Lindsay Harrison/Ashley Luczak def. UW-M 6-2
Mehul Kar/Chris Schuster def. UW-M 6-5

UW-M def. Ashley Luczak 2-6
Chris Kuhary def. UW-M 6-4
UW-M def. Mehul Kar/Lindsay Harrison 5-6
Overtime: UWW 1 - UW-M 0

Iowa vs UW-Milwaukee (25 - 21)

UW-M def Iowa 6-1
Iowa def UW-M 6-3

Iowa def UW-M 6-4
Iowa def UW-M 6-2
UW-M def Iowa 6-5
Overtime: Iowa 1 - UW-M 0

 
 

UWWTC will be representing UW-Whitewater at the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships for the third year in a row in April. The six team members traveling to Surprise, AZ to play in the  64 team tournament from April 15 - April 18 are Lindsay Harrison, Emily Kappel, Ashley Luczak, Chris Kuhary, Chris Schuster, and Mehul Kar. Other teams representing the USTA Midwest section include Marquette University, UW-Madison, Loyola University and Northern Illinois University. For more information about the National Championships, please visit this site.

 
 

Official roster has been posted here. The roster is based upon (in order of importance) skill level, attitude, and participation.

Roster Obligations

Attend 2 out of the 4 most recent practices before any scheduled match to be able to travel.

Participate in UWWTC Fundraisiers and Community Service projects.

Respond to challenges from teammates within 10 days of challenge.

Tournaments

Large scale tournaments give UWWTC the option of traveling with more members. In such cases, the Traveling Team captain may invite UWWTC members who are not on the traveling team roster. Those invited are welcome to come and support but are NOT GUARRANTEED MATCH PLAY. These invitations are based on (in order of importance) attitude, participation, and skill level.

Challenges

UWWTC members may challenge any player on the roster. The player has 10 days to respond and set a day to play the challenge match. NOTE: A win against a roster player does NOT guarrantee a spot on the UWWTC Traveling Roster. The roster is set by UWWTC Exec Board, and replacements/additions to the roster are subject to officer discretion.

 
 

From Texas to Michigan and from Colorado to Iowa, teams from all corners of the country poured in to try their hand at snatching the most coveted trophy of the fall semester. Ahhh, the Badger Classic. Yes, the Nielsen Stadium was lit well with the flames of competition this past weekend.

At the crack of dawn on Friday morning (right around 9:30 AM), an odd array from UWWTC assembled. One mission, and one mission only: play to win (and to have fun).

Perhaps it was an astrological miscalculation; perhaps Father Fate took the day off, but in the first round of pool play against Northwestern University, UWWTC could only capture a total of 5 games. Humiliated, and ever more competitive after shedding tears to blazing Buffalo Wild Wings, UWWTC returned with a vengeance. St. Louis University got their money’s worth when UWWTC scared them with a doubles victory (Hammernik + Kar), and then a close mixed doubles match (5-6, Kuhary + Kappel). 4 hours and an Olive Garden team dinner later, UWWTC was really back with a vengeance. Northern Iowa couldn’t keep up with the fury, and UWWTC bowled over an easy victory 25-18. End of Day 1, Pool play.

Saturday morning gave birth to new passionate desires for a bronze bracket championship. The 11 disheveled (but stuffed with Courtyard Marriott continental breakfast) ex-rookies returned to the battle field once again. Foe: Western Michigan. Objective: kick ass. The next two hours saw Kappel and Zakos decimate their opponents 6-0, Luczak clinch the 6-5 victory, and Kuhary, reliable as ever, pull out with a 6-2 win. Mixed doubles (Harrison + Kar) added on another dubdub to arrive in the second round of the bronze bracket with a 28-17 victory.

It seemed as if destiny had planned for UWWTC to play only Midwestern rivals at this Badger. Central Michigan lined up next. A solid two hours of play into the match, UWWTC began mixed doubles with a 1 game deficit (17-18). Back and forth they battled. Hammernik and Harrison were impressive to say the least, the points were spectacular. At 5 games all, 4 points all in the tiebreaker, the final point was a heart breaker. A tiny misstep, a slight racquet face angling blunder, and the match was over. UWWTC ended its journey in the second round of the bronze bracket.

Reminiscing on the Badger of ’07 (UWWTC (A) lost in the second round of the copper, and UWWTC (B) lost in the first round of the bronze) one would have to admit that the results of 2008 were considerably better. However, there is always room for improvement, and UWWTC hopes to revisit Nielsen next year with even more enthusiasm and gusto.


 
 

Here's the results from our tournament this past weekend!

Loyola B def. UWWTC (26 – 21)
UWWTC def. Valparaiso University (29 – 15)
Loyola A def. UW – W (27 –16)


Overall: 3rd place out of 6 teams.

 
 

We had yet another quad-meet at Illinois this past Sunday. We took up one team of 5 people: Mehul Kar, Spencer Lynch, Charlie Rose, Emily Kappel, and Ashley Luczak. After a long, fun(!), 5 hour drive ("It's just 2 highways and an exit..how hard could it be?"), we reached 45 minutes after the scheduled start time to begin our round robin meet.

To start it of, we played the U of I Blue team. The doubles and singles struggled, racking up a total of 4 games in 4 sets, but the mixed doubles duo (Kappel and Kar) pulled out a win (6-2). Because of the WTT Playback rule, they had the opportunity to tie up the team match score by winning only 17 consecutive games. They won 2, bringing the final match score to a respectable 12-27.

In their second match, UWWTC faced off against the Illinois Orange Team. The men's doubles pair (Lynch and Kar) had a close one (losing 5-6), and the rest of the sets together won 3 games. I think the Orange team was the weaker of the U. of Ilinois teams too...figure that one out!

To end the day, we played Illinois State University, the other college that was there. Women's doubles (Luzak and Kappel) played a nail-biter, losing 5-6 (4-5 in the tiebreaker). Men's doubles registered another win (6-4). The singles didn't have as much luck, but they managed to scrape in 5 games between them. Going into mixed doubles, UWWTC was behind by 6 games. Kappel and Kar won 6-2, won 2 consecutive games in overtime to tie up the game score, and proceded to win the super tiebreaker 7-3 to secure a UWWTC "W" for the day.

 
 

We had a busy one this weekend. Two UWWTC Teams went up to UW-Stout to participate in the Blue Devil Invitation. The A Team was made up of: Lindsay Harrison, Lindsey Coakley, Matt Hammernik and Joe Poletti. The B team consisted of Kal Jupalli, Anthony Petrie, Megan Zais, and Kate Snyder.

The A team crushed UWW-Stout Blue Team 30-8, lost to the University of Minnesota B Team 17-28, and then lost a heartbreakingly close one to our long-time rivals UW-Milwaukee 24-23. The A Team ended up with 4th place, out of 8 teams. Congratulations!

The B Team wasn't quite as lucky with their draw. First round, they lost to University of Minnesota's A team 5-30. In their first round of consolations, however, they redeemed themselves by beating UW-Stout White team by a huge margin (still waiting on the complete scores for that). The B Team finished in 5th place in the tournament.

 
 

Results from last Sunday. Congratulations to Spencer Lynch for going undefeated in singles!

UWW-A vs. Marquette: 23 - 27
UWW-B vs. Marquette: 15 - 26

UWW-A vs. UWM: 15 - 29
UWW-B vs. UWM: 12 - 27

Marquette vs. UWM: 15 - 26

 
 

Come watch the UWWTC Warhawk A and B Teams play their first home matches against Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee. We start at 11 am on the Ron Wangerin Courts outside the Williams Center, and should be going strong till early afternoon at least.

If it rains, we're playing indoors in the fieldhouse. Come support! Take pictures and submit them for extra points!