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

 
 

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!