Badger Sports Roundup, Oct 23

Volleyball win streak continues; men's and women's swimming prevail; men's tennis performs at ITA

Volleyball picks up fifth straight win

The Wisconsin volleyball team defeated Michigan 3-1 in Ann Arbor Saturday night, giving them sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten. With the win, the Badgers sit at 13-5 overall and 7-3 in the conference, while Michigan falls to 15-6 and 5-5. The Badgers finished off the Wolverines 31-29, 32-34, 30-23 and 30-21, extending their winning streak to five matches.

"This was really a great win for us," Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said. "It was really good to come in here and get a win and move up among the top in the conference."

Senior outside hitter Marian Weidner had a career-high 21 kills as the Badgers had a season-high 80 kills in the win. Senior outside hitter Jill Odenthal and junior middle blocker Sheila Shaw had 17 kills each, and junior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto had 10.

Michigan sophomore outside hitters Erin Cobler and Danielle Pflum had 15 kills each.

Freshman setter Jackie Simpson had a career-high 67 assists for Wisconsin.

Defensively, the Badgers put up solid numbers, as freshman libero Jocelyn Wack had 16 digs, Odenthal had 14 and Weidner had 12.

Men's tennis competes at ITA Midwest Regional Championships

Wisconsin freshman tennis player Jeremy Sonkin won his first-round match in singles competition at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships Saturday by defeating Minnesota's Avrey Ticer 6-4 and 6-7 (4) in Ann Arbor, Mich., but he fell to Indiana's Mike McCarthy 6-4 and 6-4. Wisconsin senior Alex Kasarov also competed in the singles draw and fell to Indiana State's Anton Tsymbalov 7-5, 3-6 and 6-3.

Friday, the doubles team of juniors Jordan Raemisch and Mark Weinig defeated Northern Illinois' Adam Ford and Mark Tate 8-5 to advance to Sunday's competition. Kasarov and sophomore Lachezar Kasarov and the duo of Sonkin and freshman Elliott Bisnow lost their doubles matches.

Swimming takes down Iowa

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams easily defeated Iowa Friday and Saturday in Iowa City for the team's first Big Ten win of the season. The men's team finished with 209 points to Iowa's 138 and had 14 first-place finishes in 17 events.

Senior Tim Liebhold won the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events, the 200 and 400 individual medleys and participated on the 400-yard medley relay team. Seniors Eric Weisner and Adam Mania also had strong showings at the meet. Mania won the 100 butterfly and was on the 400 medley and 400 free relay teams while Weisner won the 100 freestyle and participated on the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays.

Freshman Josh Bonner won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events while twin brother Justin took second on the 1-meter board.

The women's swimming and diving team defeated Iowa 243-108, with strong performances from several athletes. Junior Anna Trinidad won the 200-yard backstroke, the 400 IM and participated on the 400 medley relay, along with sophomore Susan Johnson, junior Amalia Sarnecki and junior Sarah Hernandez.

Sarnecki also won the 200 breaststroke, while Hernandez won the 100 freestyle and Johnson the 100 butterfly. Senior Carly Piper won the 500-yard freestyle race.

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