Badgers unable to close out Illini

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgWith a heartbreaking loss to No. 11 Illinois, the men’s tennis team opened its Big Ten season just barely missing out on a 1-0 record.In a 4-3 decision, the Badgers had their fair share of ups and downs. Wisconsin had a strong showing in the doubles, ultimately winning the doubles point. Head coach Greg Van Emburgh switched up the doubles teams again for the last couple of matches, pairing up senior Moritz Baumann and junior Marek Michalicka, reincarnating the No. 11 doubles team.“I think we’ve been looking at the right time to be able to put them back together and today seemed like the right time,” Van Emburgh said. “I think they’re ready to commit to playing with each other again. It wasn’t like they got in an argument or anything, but just felt like they lost a little bit of their mojo and now they seem to have gotten it back.”Although they gave up the first game point to the Fighting Illini’s No. 68 doubles team of senior Marek Czerwinski and freshmen Stephen Hoh, Baumann and Michalicka sealed their first game point with an ace leading to the eventual win.Michalicka noted his excitement at being paired up again with Baumann.“I’m happy that we’re back together and especially that we won the match. It’s always up to coach, who he wants to play, and it’s just like back to our old teams as when we started the season. It worked, so hopefully we’ll play next time together.”With momentum on their side, the Badgers hoped for the best in the singles games, but were just unable to finish strong.As four of the singles matches went into the third set, only sophomore Patrick Pohlmann was able to walk away with a win.In three of those three-set matches the Badgers won the first set, still possessing momentum and forcing the Illini to fight from behind.For Pohlmann, the other losses came down to confidence.“We lost three out of our four three-set matches and in tennis it’s all about confidence. You’ve got to close out the matches by showing more confidence to our opponents, maybe overplay it and don’t show that we can get weak at different situations. It’s more about acting on the court and trying to show the opponent that you’re the better player,” he said.Van Emburgh simply seemed at a loss for words as to why they were unable to close out the matches.“Not only did we have all the momentum out of doubles, we won the first at one, the first at two, the first at three and the first at six, so I don’t know what else you could want to try and win a tennis match.”Despite the struggles, Michalicka boasted a perfect day, with a win in doubles and a win in singles pushing him to a perfect 11-0 singles record.For Michalicka the record is not what is important; rather the confidence that comes from having such a strong record allows him to take more risks.“When you go into a match you just try and focus and try to think about the match; what’s going to happen, how he’s going to play, what you have to do to win the match,” Michalicka said. “I mean when you are 11-0 of course you’re more confident on the court. Sometimes you go for some shots you would not go for usually. When you just feel good about it, you just take the risk. If you are winning, usually you just take it and it’s the right shot.”While confidence is certainly a driving factor for the players, it doesn’t go unnoticed.Van Emburgh noted that it was Michalicka’s determination and his confidence that helped him to earn the No. 25 ranking nationally.“He’s just such a competitor. When he puts it out there on the court, you know. Dennis Nevolo hasn’t lost a lot of tennis matches — he’s a top player who’s No.1 junior in the country coming out of juniors — and [Michalicka] goes out there and basically just takes it to him from the start; takes care of business, plays with a lot of intensity, is very vocal and he just worked him. He got up 5-2 in the second, Nevolo came back, put his best tennis on the line and [Michalicka] didn’t blink an eye, went back to work, was confident in what he could accomplish and took care of the match.”last_img read more

Thousands march to back Nicaragua bishops after Ortega attacks

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgRelated posts:Nicaraguan student leaders meet with former President Oscar Arias US warns Nicaragua as more killed in unrest As Nicaragua elections approach, banned opposition decries Ortega’s budding dictatorship Two dead in Nicaragua protest violence as Ortega calls for ‘peace’ Call for early pollsThe bishops, through their Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua, support elections being brought forward from 2021 to next year.The United States and the Organization of American States back that call, with Washington warning of further sanctions on Nicaragua if Ortega does not yield to the demand.But Ortega, 72, has rejected early polls, saying they would only increase insecurity.He accuses the United States of financing opposition militia he says are intent on toppling the government he leads with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.The left-wing leader, who first came to power in 1979 after his Sandinista guerrillas swept aside a US-backed dictatorship, has ruled Nicaragua for 22 of the past 39 years.The unrest is posing the biggest challenge to his authority since he returned to office in 2007, not least because the business sector that had underpinned previous economic stability is now spurning him over the violence. Facebook Comments Thousands of Nicaraguans marched through their capital on Saturday in a show of support for the country’s bishops whom President Daniel Ortega has accused of aiding an attempted “coup” against him.The rally brought together Catholics, evangelicals, and non-Christians under images of the Virgin Mary and Nicaraguan flags, and cries of “freedom” and “Bishop, buddy, the people are with you.”It was another display of popular opposition to Ortega, who has become reviled by large sections of Nicaragua’s population of six million for a brutal three-month crackdown on anti-government protests in which more than 300 people have been killed.The president has been able to impose a period of relative calm on the country after police and loyalist paramilitaries firing weapons crushed opposition hubs in Managua and the nearby city of Masaya this month. One of the raids targeted youths taking shelter in a church in the capital, killing two.After those operations, Ortega this week declared “the turmoil is over.”He also accused the country’s bishops, who have been trying to bring about a peaceful solution by mediating talks between the government and the opposition, of helping those challenging him, whom he called “coup-mongers” and “terrorists.” Protesters participate in the “March of Mocking” against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo, in Leon, Nicaragua, on July 28, 2018. AFP Photo / Marvin RecinosPersecution“Given this supremely critical situation, [the church] has, yesterday, today and forever, given life and voice to those who have no voice,” said one priest taking part in Saturday’s march, Silvio Fonseca.An evangelical, Henry Aguilar, 55, told AFP that non-Catholic churches had joined the “pilgrimage” demonstration in support of the Catholic bishops “because we are Nicaraguans, and the same system attacking them is also attacking us.”Daily protests continue against Ortega, demanding he step down and early elections be held. While the violence has diminished, at least four deaths have been reported since the security blitzes.Rights groups say state-sponsored persecution of people suspected of taking part in the protests, or of helping them, has been stepped up, forcing thousands to flee over the southern border into Costa Rica.Doctors at a state-run hospital in the northwest city of Leon told AFP on Friday that more than a dozen medics, nurses and technical personnel have been fired for treating wounded protesters and, in some cases, voicing opinions that “freedom” and dialogue was needed in the country.center_img More than 40 doctors fired from hospital in Leonlast_img read more