UW falls to No. 23 Tennessee
The women's tennis team continued to fall to top-ranked teams as No. 23 Tennessee (4-3 overall) handed it a 4-2 loss Saturday morning. Despite having home court advantage at the USTA/ITA Women's National Team Indoor Tennis Championship the Badgers (3-4 overall) earned only four points throughout the weekend.
Junior Katie McGaffigan defeated No. 13 senior Tammy Encina 6-2 in singles competition, dropping the second set 7-5 before taking the third 6-4. Junior Lindsay Martin picked up Wisconsin's other point by defeating No. 96 junior Ashley Robards, losing the first 6-3 but winning the next two in tiebreakers, 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (4). The two also paired up to defeat the doubles team of Encina and sophomore Melissa Schaub 8-7 (5), although Tennessee took the doubles point.
"By today's match we were more emotionally ready from the beginning, particularly in singles play," said Wisconsin coach Patti Henderson. "In singles this weekend, we improved match to match to match. After Vanderbilt, we talked about if we can win a set, or a match it builds momentum and starts some confidence—if one person can have that then, someone else can garner something from that and so forth. In today's match we did that. We played some close matches and really battled."
Talbot earns qualifying mark in pentathlon
Sophomore Melissa Talbot earned a provisional qualifying mark in the pentathlon while competing at the Husker Invitational Friday night. She placed seventh with 3,754 points, while teammate sophomore Erica Schoeller finished 12th with 3,424 points, which is a personal best.
Schoeller finished second in the long jump with a mark of 18' 7 ¾", the highest finish for a Badger in the invitational. Talbot finished behind her in that event with a jump of 18' 1 ½" while taking seventh in the 60-meter hurdles (8.94) and the high jump (5' 4 ½"). Schoeller took sixth in the 800 in 2:22.65.
Men's track picks up five NCAA qualifiers
Junior Matt Tegenkamp picked up an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Indoor Championship with his first-place finish in the 3,000 meters, finishing in 7:55.14 and setting a school record at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational. Sophomore Simon Bairu finished behind him, earning a provisional qualifying time of 7:57.05, with sophomore Bobby Lockhart and junior Tim Keller hot on their tracks, picking up two more provisional marks and finishing fourth and fifth. Freshman Chris Solinsky picked up the other provisional qualifying time by finishing fifth in the mile in 4:01.44, good for the fourth-fastest time in UW history.
Most of the Badger men's track team was not in South Bend, Ind., but rather at Northern Iowa University for the Panther Classic, where the team won three events.
Freshman Joe Thomas, who also suits up with the football team, won the shot put with a throw of 56' 4 ¾" , his personal best and the 10th farthest throw in UW history. Sophomore Joe Detmer won the 600 in 1:19.47 and participated on the first-place 1,600 relay that finished in 3:16.89.