Entries Time Span: February 2012
Latest News and Results from the Men's Whitewater Tennis Team
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UWW goes 1-1 in Kalamazoo, MI
After last weekend's big win over the University of Chicago, the UWW Men's tennis team hit a bump in the road in Michigan when they lost to Kalamzoo College a team that has a history of being one of the top programs in D-3 tennis.  I felt the team had a good week of practice and prepared well for the match, but we came out a little flat at #1 and #2 doubles (and Kzoo's #1 and #2 teams played great). Our #3 doubles team continued on a tear and are now on a 5 match winning streak against some very strong competition.  We were not able to come back at #1 or #2, so we fell behind 1-2 in doubles and this put us in an unfamiliar position going into singles.

Going into singles I honestly felt that our leaders felt confident that we'd get the job done in singles, but the Hornets were too consistent for us.  They were on fire and simply did not miss.  Eventually they wore down our guys one by one and swept the sinlges.  It was a dissapointing loss, but not due to lack of effort.  Our guys stayed and fought and came up with some things they now know they need to work on .  Even after the loss the team rebounded focused in well on our next opponents.

Against Monmouth, we juggled the lineup a little bit, and came out with an 8-1 win. Check out The Bickett Zone for photos and Daniel's impressions.  You can go to Men's Tennis Site for all individual scores from both matches.

Next up for the Warhawks?  Both the men and the women have an alumni event this weekend at Four Lakes Athletic Club all afternoon on Satudary.  I'm thrilled to be able to start practices with the women's team this weekend.  The following weekend the men take on Carthage and Lake Forest, and the women take on UW-Milwaukee.


UWW takes down #11 Chicago

Biggest win in program history?  Who knows, but it sure felt like it in the moment!  In a battle of two nationally ranked programs on Sunday morning, the fireworks were flying as the #21 UW-Whitewater Warhawk Men’s Tennis team took on the #11 University of Chicago.

The energy level was through the roof for this one the entire match as the teams battled back and forth.  The table was set for the upset when the Warhawks swept the doubles to take a 3-0 lead going into singles.  In doubles, each Warhawk pair took early leads and in the middle of the prosets, the Hawks were up two breaks at #1 and up single break at #2 and #3.  That’s when the momentum shifted as the Maroons broke back at each of the three spots to tighten up the match.  Nearing the end of each match, the Hawks did what they needed to do and broke at each position in the final game for wins of 8-4, 8-6, and 8-6.

This obviously gave the Hawks a huge boost going into singles.  We now needed two singles matches to win the match. Balkin and McGlashen looked early to be our best chances as they were each playing incredibly out of the gates.  McGlashen was up 6-2, 3-0 on Golovin when the strings on his last racket broke.  Bickett quickly kicked out an emergency string job, but in the time it took to restring, Andy lost 3 of the 4 games and had lost his big lead.  Golovin was back in the match.  Balkin’s opponent also climbed back into the match and was heading into a second set tiebreak in hopes of leveling that match. 

That’s when we looked to the other courts to see if we could get any possible comebacks there, as each of the other courts had lost first sets.  In fact, Bayliss and Brian Klein each had recovered from first set blow outs and were looking to win tight second sets.  At this time Scanlan and Osborne had lost, so we were only leading 3-2 in the team match, still looking for two more points.  Klein started cruising in his 3rd set and was up 3-0, when his opponent got a game misconduct penalty from his coach making it 4-0, followed by a default.  So now we were up 4-2.  Byron had 3 match points during his marathon tiebreak, but Brinker pulled it out 13-11 to send that match to a third set.  McGlashen was down a break in his third set, and Bayliss grabbed the momentum going into his third set by winning his second set tiebreak!  Bayliss proved to be the hero as he used that momentum to get up early and stay up with incredible pl! ay at #2.  He won 6-4 in the third set to give the Hawks the team win! (McGlashen had lost in 3 and Balkin was still battling in 3).  Balkin ended up losing a great match for a final team score of 5-4.

Go to assistant coach Bickett’s Blog at The Bickett Zone for his take on this thrilling match.  He also has photos, videos, and the match summaries of our other two matches this weekend. 

On Friday the men hosted Augustana and took a 9-0 win.  The highlight of this match was at #3 where RJ Rademacher and Cam Laktash played amazing tennis to wipe out a 2 break deficit and win 9-8!  Against D-1 UW Green Bay, we got beat 7-0, but pushed the Phoenix at several spots against very talent players.  Erik Scanlan and Kevin Friend continued their strong play winning at #3 doubles against Green Bay, while Mitch Osborne and Andy McGlashen were able to push their opponents  to third sets before losing in match tiebreaks.  For all individual scores from the weekend, go to: UWW Scores vs GB and U Chicago and UWW Scores vs Augustana College

This weekend the fun continues as UWW travels to Kalamazoo to take on Kzoo and Monmouth.  Last year the Warhawks took down Kzoo 5-4 in great match, so I’m sure that will be another battle.  The Hawks Play Kzoo at 10am on Saturday followed by Monmouth at 2pm.  I'm also looking forward to next week, when the women's team starts practicing with the coaching staff.  Their first spring dual match will be against D-1 U of Milwaukee on March 9th at 4pm at LeClub in Milwaukee.


UWW performs well at Warhawk Invite
The men had a terrific weekend this past weekend as they hosted the Warhawk Invite at Four Lakes Athletic Club in Elkhorn, WI.  On Friday they took down a great Luther team 7-2.  On Saturday they had back to back matches against Oshkosh and Wheaton and beat them each 8-1. 


What most impressed me this weekend was the energy that every player brought.  Each Warhawk supported every teammate, and were intense on the court making sure our goals were reached.  They each seemed to stay focused on their game plan and were not rattled at any time during the weekend.  These were thing of focus since our last match, so it was nice to see the players focusing in those areas. 


The highlight for me was seeing Brady Porter move in to the #6 singles spot and RJ Rademacher and Cam Laktash move in at #3 doubles against Wheaton.  At both spots I saw incredible intensity and drive, along with great tennis.  Brady was serving lights out and hammering ground strokes to the corners as he won convincingly.  RJ and Cam (known for their big serves), returned very well and played some nice attacking doubles once the points were started. 

Byron Balkin had a huge task at #1 singles and doubles as he took on each team’s best. He went 3-3 against terrific competition and showed he is up for the challenge. His losses were two tie breaks and a 7-5, 7-5 loss. 


The rest of the team played very steady impressive tennis winning for the most part in straight sets. 


I’d like you to go to coach Bickett’s Blog “The Bickett Zone” for more details and for all the individual scores.  http://uwwtennis.blogspot.com/ There will also soon be some photos updated there.


Next weekend is another big one for the men. They host Augustana College (IL) on Friday at noon at Four Lakes Athletic Club.  Then on Sunday they will be in Green Bay at Western Racquet Club for two terrific matches.  They play the University of Chicago at 9am and D-1 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at 3pm.