Badger Sports Roundup

Monty injured in accident; women's hoops adds recruit; UW receives major donation; tennis results

Football: Monty injured in accident

Joe Monty, 22, a senior defensive end on the University of Wisconsin football team, was injured in an accident while riding on his moped early Friday morning.

According to the Madison Police Department, at around 2 a.m. Friday, Monty was traveling southbound on North Park Street, approaching Dayton Street, when he hit a car that had stopped for a red light. Monty "slammed into the rear of the vehicle," according to the report, and was transported to the hospital.

According to The Capital Times, Monty sustained facial fractures, head trauma and lacerations to his face and legs, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Madison Police Department spokesperson Mike Hanson told the Associated Press that Monty was "lucky to be alive."

Alcohol was a contributing factor, according to the MPD, and the accident is under investigation. According to the Associated Press, both Monty and the driver of the car could face drunken driving charges.

Mueller family makes $1 million donation

The University of Wisconsin will receive a $1 million gift from a former UW basketball player, with $700,000 going to the athletics department.

Curt Mueller, a former walk-on to the basketball team in the 1950s and the CEO of Mueller Sports Medicine, has pledged $1 million, according to Athletics Director Barry Alvarez.

The gift comes from the entire Mueller Sports Medicine family, which also includes Brett Mueller, president; Ginger Mueller-Mann, vice president western region, and Jeff Mueller, southeast regional sales.

"Being a Wisconsin native and as a walk on to the University of Wisconsin, it was a privilege to graduate in pharmacy and play Big Ten basketball in the 1950s," Mueller said. "Our contribution to university athletics, the Athletic Training Education Program, and the sports medicine facilities is very important to me."

Of the $1 million, $700,000 will go to the athletics department, of which $500,000 will specifically support the Camp Randall Stadium renovation project. Another $125,000 will go to Heritage Hall, a multi-purpose area that will showcase Wisconsin's history of athletics, and the remaining $75,000 will support other areas in the athletics department.

The other $300,000 will go to the UW School of Education to establish the Mueller Sports Medicine Endowment Fund for Athletic Training for the school's athletic training education program.

"Curt's generous gift will benefit not only the department of athletics, but the School of Education, as well. In doing so, it will benefit students of the university for years to come," Alvarez said. "UW-Madison is very fortunate to have the support of people like Curt. His enthusiasm and love for the university as a whole, and athletics in particular, is much appreciated. I can't thank Curt enough for his generosity and support."

Women's basketball: Mijalcevic signs with Badgers

Ivana Mijalcevic, a 6-foot-3 forward from Ripanj, Serbia, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Wisconsin, coach Lisa Stone announced Friday.

Mijalcevic, who has played two years of basketball at Colby Community College in Colby, Kan., averaged 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 36 games last year. She was the team's fourth-leading scorer and shot 47 percent from the field, including 14 of 38 from beyond the arc. Her team, the Western Division champion in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, was ranked No. 7 in the National Junior College Athletic Association and finished 15-1 in conference and 32-5 overall. She will graduate with her associate's degree in general studies.

"We are fortunate to add someone of Ivana's abilities to our 2006 recruiting class," Stone said. "She meets several of our needs in the post, and adds an outside threat with her three-point shooting. She'll be a strong physical presence inside in the Big Ten."

Men's tennis: Badgers end season by getting swept

The Wisconsin men's tennis team (11-12 overall), after defeating Purdue 4-1 Thursday, fell 4-0 to No. 10 Ohio State (23-1) in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament Friday morning at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

The eighth-seeded Badgers' match against top-seeded Ohio State was moved inside during the meet due to inclement weather. It ended at 4-0 once Ohio State had the win secured. After OSU won the first two doubles matches to take the point, the Buckeyes rolled over the Badgers with three singles wins. The rest of the matches were abandoned after sophomores Jeremy Sonkin, Brennen Phippen and Felipe Bellido all lost their matches.

In other news, Sonkin was named to the all-Big Ten team on Thursday and junior Lachezar Kasarov was the UW men's tennis program's representative for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Women's tennis: Badgers stun MSU

The 11th seeded Badgers scored an upset win in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday afternoon in Champaign, Ill., defeating No. 6 seed Michigan State 4-0.

The Badgers (6-17 overall, 2-8 Big Ten) took two of three doubles matches from MSU (14-10, 4-6) to earn the doubles point.

UW won the first three completed singles matches, allowing the rest to be abandoned with a decisive Badger victory.

UW's No. 1 singles player, Caitlin Burke, who was named to the All-Big Ten team Thursday, defeated Christine Bader 7-5, 6-0. UW also won singles matches via No. 4 Liz Carpenter and No. 5 Morgan Tuttle.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of Burke and Carpenter lost its match with Bader and Sarah Andrews, 6-4, but UW's No. 2 pairing of Tuttle and Chelsea Nusslock and its No. 3 duo of Kaylan Caiati and Erin Jobe, won their matches, giving the Badgers the doubles point.

Thursday, Caiati was named the UW women's tennis program's representative for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

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