Badgers look to protect new ranking against Spartans

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team puts its shiny new ranking on the line tonight against the No. 75 Michigan State Spartans (4-6, 0-0). This is the first time the Badgers have been ranked since April 2002.The No. 65 Badgers (4-3, 1-0) debut in the polls this week as a result of their defeat of No. 62 Northwestern last weekend. The Badgers had not defeated the Wildcats since 1991 before the 4-3 upset at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.”It was huge for us to start our conference season with a win over Northwestern, because we haven’t beaten them in a real long time,” said UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “It is a great way to take that momentum into the rest of the season, not only our conference matches, but our non-conference matches as well.”The Badgers were able to pull the upset with a stunning comeback by sophomore Jeremy Sonkin.”It was kind of our first signature win,” Van Emburgh said. “To go in there and walk out of there, the way it happened as well, with Sonkin being down a set and five match points down and still getting that win, just shows a lot of heart and desire.”Sonkin gets another challenge this weekend in Michigan State’s No. 77 Nick Rinks. The sophomore Rinks was part of the Spartan squad that defeated Wisconsin by a 6-1 margin last year.Because of that, Van Emburgh stressed the importance of being ready, no matter who the opponent.”We need to make sure that we are really, really ready, just as we were against Northwestern,” Van Emburgh said. “We feel like every time we step out onto the court, we have something to prove.”The Badgers will not be the only team looking to prove something, as the Spartans have dropped their last six matches coming into the Wisconsin match.”It actually works in their favor, to some degree, if they have lost a couple of close matches, played a couple of close games … for them to be even more fired up,” Van Emburgh said, “to come in here thinking, ‘Let’s be ready. Let’s get a win. We deserve a win,’ [because] we’ve been working hard also.”Van Emburgh believes his team will have a chance to be successful if they just keep on doing what they did against Northwestern. He said preparation and focus are especially important in the Badgers’ quest to be successful, and that as long as he sees maximum effort from his players, he cannot ask for anything more.”If we lose that match [against Northwestern] 4-3, we know that we did everything in our power to get that win,” he said. “That’s really important that they are doing that every time we step out on the court.”After Michigan State, the Badgers also take on the Indiana State Sycamores on Sunday afternoon. The Sycamores are led by sophomore Anton Tsymbalov, a Kazakhstan native who has won his last eight matches of the season in dual play coming into the weekend.The Badgers’ head coach looks at the Sycamores as a solid non-conference opponent that will come in and play hard on the road to try and knock off his rising UW squad.”It is a team that we definitely have to be ready for and be prepared for,” Van Emburgh said. “They have some good players on their team. They’re going to come in here, saying, ‘Hey, listen, here is a chance for us.'”Van Emburgh believes that after a win like last weekend’s win over Northwestern, and jumping up into the rankings, that Wisconsin might become more like one of the hunted instead of always being the hunter.”It kind of puts a little bit of a bull’s-eye on yourself,” Van Emburgh said of the new ranking. “You have to be ready for every match from here on out.”last_img read more

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Syracuse football injury report: Foster, Pickard probable; Black, Coleman doubtful for Clemson matchup

first_imgSyracuse sophomore strong safety Evan Foster and and redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Jake Pickard are probable for Syracuse’s (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) matchup Friday night against No. 2 Clemson (6-0, 4-0), SU revealed Wednesday evening in its weekly injury report. Defensive back Josh Black and defensive lineman Kendall Coleman are doubtful for the third consecutive game.Foster missed most of the Pittsburgh game last week with an undisclosed injury. Coleman had racked up 18 total tackles in the season’s first four games, but he suffered an apparent right foot or ankle injury at then-No. 25 LSU.Linebacker Shyheim Cullen is also probable, while defensive lineman Shaq Grosvenor is doubtful. Wide receiver Sean Avant, defensive back Antwan Cordy and tight end Kyle Kleinberg are ruled out.On Monday, Syracuse second-year head coach Dino Babers provided an update on Cordy, a redshirt junior safety who has been out since the first quarter of the season. Cordy has “zero chance” to play this week and his future status is unclear. He has played all of eight quarters over the past two seasons after finishing second in tackles in 2015.Meanwhile, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who was originally questionable, The Greenville News reported, will play Friday, Clemson announced in its injury report. Bryant left Clemson’s game against Wake Forest during the third quarter last week with an ankle injury. The junior wore a protective boot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBryant has been the Tigers’ leading catalyst this season, averaging 277 yards per game while completing 67.3 percent of his passes and rushing for a team-leading 401 yards and seven touchdowns. The Daily Orange profiled the signal-caller as he stepped into Deshaun Watson’s footsteps.Kickoff between the defending national champion Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange is slated Friday for 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN.Here’s the full Syracuse injury report:ProbableLB Shyheim CullenLB Shyheim CullenDB Evan FosterDL Jake PickardDoubtfulDL Josh BlackDL Kendall ColemanDL Shaq GrosvenorOutWR Sean AvantDB Antwan CordyTE Kyle KleinbergOut for the SeasonOL Aaron Roberts (knee) Comments Published on October 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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