Badger Sports Roundup

UW loses tennis match on appeal; senior associate AD named; poll roundup

Men's tennis: NU wins match on appeal

The Wisconsin men's tennis team's victory over Northwestern Feb. 18 has been overturned after the Wildcats protested to the Big Ten, citing an International Tennis Association rule relating to lineups.

Wisconsin originally won the match 4-3, taking four singles matches, but because the conference ruled in Northwestern's favor, the match will be recorded as a 4-3 Badger loss, which drops Wisconsin to 1-1 in Big Ten play and 6-4 overall.

According to the ITA "players must play in order of ability." Northwestern contested the placement of the No. 2 and 3 singles players and No. 1 and 2 doubles teams. In the original matchup, Wisconsin played sophomore Brennen Phippen and sophomore Elliott Bisnow at the top doubles spot, with sophomore Jeremy Sonkin and junior Lachezar Kasarov at the second singles spot. Phippen also competed at No. 2 singles with sophomore Nolan Polley at the No. 3 singles spot. Polley won his match 6-4, 6-4, while Phippen lost his 6-2, 6-2. Sonkin and Kasarov won their doubles match but the Badgers dropped doubles matches at the first and third spots, losing the doubles point.

The Big Ten made the announcement March 2.

Eichorst named senior associate AD

Shawn Eichorst, the senior associate athletic director at the University of South Carolina, has been named the senior associate athletic director at Wisconsin.

Eichorst's direct responsibilities will include sport oversight, governmental relations, trademark and licensing, contractual matters, strategic planning, liaison with campus administration and the Athletic Board, athletic conference representation and special projects.

Eichorst, a Lone Rock, Wis., native, previously served as the director of athletics at UW-Whitewater, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1990. He earned a law degree from Marquette in 1995.

Poll roundup

After sweeping St. Cloud State over the weekend, the Wisconsin men's hockey team moves up to No. 4 in both the U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, released Monday. The Badgers (23-9-3) were No. 5/6 last week. More importantly the Badgers are No. 2 in the Pairwise rankings, which mimic the NCAA's tournament selection and seeding criteria.

Other Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams in the rankings include No. 1/1/1 Minnesota (25-6-5), No. 8/7/8 Denver (20-13-3), No. 9/9/13 Colorado College (23-13-2), No. 10/10/10 North Dakota (23-14-1) and No. 20/17/25 St. Cloud State.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team remains No. 3 in the USCHO.com poll, released Monday. The Badgers (31-4-1) swept a first-round WCHA playoff series with North Dakota over the weekend. Wisconsin is also No. 3 in the Pairwise.

The Badgers advance to the WCHA semifinals, where they will face No. 10/12 St. Cloud State (18-7-1) Saturday in Minneapolis. No. 4/4 Minnesota and No. 6/5 Minnesota-Duluth square off in the tournament's other semifinal.

After losses at Michigan State and at Iowa last week, the Wisconsin men's basketball team received only four points in the latest Associated Press poll and just seven points in the latest coaches poll, far shy of the top 25 rankings.

Three Big Ten teams are ranked: No. 7/7 Ohio State, No. 9/9 Illinois and No. 20/20 Iowa.


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