Men's cross country, women's hockey draw high rankings; tennis tandem advances at ITA
Badger Sports Roundup, Sept. 26
After suffering a 2-1 overtime loss to Northwestern Friday, No. 25 Wisconsin (6-3-1 overall, 0-3-1 Big Ten) was shut out by No. 10 Illinois (8-2-0, 2-1-0) Sunday, 1-0, in Champaign.
Illinois senior forward Tara Hurless took advantage of a corner kick in the 74th minute to score the game-winner for the Illini. Freshman goaltender Lynn Murray had six saves while Illinois senior netminder Leisha Alcia had five.
Men's golf places fourth at Hawkeye Intercollegiate
Freshman Jeff Kaiser tied for fifth place with a 213 (73-70-70) as the Badgers finished fourth at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate in Iowa City Sunday.
Wisconsin finished with an 890 (297-300-293) while host Iowa won the invite with an 871 (296-289-286). Wisconsin senior Brian Brodell finished in a tie for ninth with a 219 (71-77-71), his highest finish in a tournament. Freshman Garrett Jones finished at the No. 28 spot with a 229 (77-74-78) and senior Ryan Conn finished just behind him in a tie for 32nd with a 230 (76-80-74).
Badger tennis fares well at Furman invite
The women's tennis team opened its fall season at the Furman Fall Classic Friday through Sunday in Greenville, S.C., with strong performances from sophomore Caitlin Burke, senior Katie McGaffigan and freshman Chelsea Nusslock.
Burke took third place in flight two after defeating Clemson's Daniela Alvarez 6-1 and 6-1 Sunday. McGaffigan fell to Valparaiso's Audra Falk 6-2 and 6-0, placing fourth in flight one. Senior Lindsay Martin fell to Furman's Caroline Bentley 6-4 and 6-1 in the third flight and Nusslock lost to Furman's Marti Morris 7-6 (6), 4-6 and 1-6 in the fourth flight.
In doubles action, Nusslock and McGaffigan took third in the No. 2 doubles.
Men's tennis competes at Nebraska Invite
The men's tennis team began its fall season with solid performances from its youngsters at the Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., Friday through Sunday.
Freshmen Jeremy Sonkin and Elliot Bisnow, Wisconsin's top doubles team, went 2-0 Friday, with wins over doubles partners from Iowa and Drake. Sonkin posted a 2-3 record in singles competition, while Bishop went 0-2. Felipe Bellido, a freshman from Lima, Peru, finished his first outing as a Badger with a 3-2 record. Sophomore Mike Goodman also finished with a 3-2 record in singles play.
Badger softball wins doubleheader
The Wisconsin softball team swept UW-Green Bay Saturday, defeating the Phoenix 5-0 and 4-3. The Badgers are now 5-2 this fall, while Green Bay falls to 3-4.
Sophomore shortstop Athena Vasquez led the offensive effort for the Badgers, collecting two hits, two runs batted in and one run in the first game. Sophomore center fielder Sam Polito had three hits and a run in the effort.
Sophomore pitcher Eden Brock gave up two hits but struck out four in four innings of work. Sophomore Megan Smith picked up where she left off and also gave up two hits but only retired one batter.
Vasquez continued to have a productive day, picking up a hit, a run and two RBIs in Wisconsin's 4-3 win over Green Bay. Freshman first baseman Katie Hnatyk also performed well, hitting a single in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to drive in a run and win the game for the Badgers.
Senior pitcher Katie Layne, freshman Ricci Robben and Brock all saw time on the mound in the second game. Layne pitched the first four innings, giving up three hits and a run. Robben pitched 1.2 innings and also surrendered three hits, two runs and an error. Brock cleaned up for Wisconsin and struck out two without allowing a hit.
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