Badger Sports Roundup, April 2

Men's tennis falls; swimmers compete at World Championship Trials; volleyball wins 4 in Chicago

Men's tennis drops 4-3 heartbreaker

The Wisconsin men's tennis team suffered a blow Saturday when it dropped a 4-3 match to Penn State at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

The Badgers and Nittany Lions found themselves tied at 3-3 after a neck-and-neck match and the win came down to the No. 2 spot, where Wisconsin freshman Jeremy Sonkin fell to Malcom Scatliffe, who won 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Wisconsin (6-9 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) started the day by winning the doubles point 2-1, with wins from the duos of Alex and Lachezar Kasarov and juniors Jordan Raemisch and Steve Guntly.

Penn State (10-2, 2-2), though, won its first two singles matches, as Wisconsin freshmen Brian Ko and Elliott Bisnow were defeated at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots. Wisconsin, matched the Nittany Lions' singles wins with a pair of its own. Freshman Felipe Bellido won at the No. 4 singles and senior Alex Kasarov defeated No. 98 Mark Barry 6-1, 7-5. Sophomore Lachezar Kasarov fell to Ryan Berger at No. 3 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, resulting in a 3-3 tie. Penn State won the match with Scatliffe's win over Sonkin.

Piper finishes seventh in 200 free at World Championship Trials

Wisconsin senior swimmer Carly Piper finished seventh in the 200-meter freestyle in 2 minutes, 1.07 seconds at the World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday. Piper's mark did not qualify her for the National Team but was the highest finish of a current or former Wisconsin athlete at the trials. Piper won the 400 free Friday to earn a spot on the national team that will compete in the World Championships.

"Carly swam well today," head coach Eric Hansen said. "She already got her national title and we are grateful of that, even though she would have liked to swim a little better today."

Wisconsin senior Tim Liebhold placed 17th in the preliminaries of the 100-meter backstroke, finishing in 57.66. He did not compete in the finals, instead using that time to rest for his strongest event, the 200-meter individual medley.

Sophomore Susan Johnson placed 28th in the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke in 1:05.34 but did not make the final cut. Former Badgers Dale Rodgers and Bethany Pendleton also competed but neither advanced to the finals.

Badger volleyball competes at Chicago Spring Challenge

The Wisconsin volleyball team competed at the Chicago Springs Challenge Saturday, finishing with a 4-1 record.

In pool play, Wisconsin finished 3-0, defeating Bradley 30-25, 30-23, Western Michigan 30-25, 30-22, and Ohio University 30-15, 30-17. The Badgers fell to Notre Dame 32-34, 22-30 but defeated Michigan State 21-30, 30-26 and 15-9.

"In the Notre Dame, match, we had some really close calls that turned the tide late," head coach Pete Waite said. "Against Michigan State, we had a nice comeback after losing game one pretty big. We came back pretty strong which was what we were looking for – playing strong at the end of the day."

Senior middle blocker Sheila Shaw led the Badgers with 40 kills while senior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto had a team-high 11 blocks in addition to 35 kills, and sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack had 45 digs.

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