Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Men's Senior Day

This past weekend the UW-Whitewater tennis program honored are three senior men, immediately following the match vs. Elmhurst.  The match went about as expected as the Hawks dropped only one point at 2 singles on there way to an 8-1 victory.  The real story took place afterwards as Coach Barnes, family, and friends all took part in honoring are three great seniors.  Byron Balkin, Brian Klein, and Kevin Friend.
These three young men have been a staple of Whitewater tennis for the past four years and in coach Barnes' words "really classed up the joint."  Rarely does a team elect all three seniors to be their captains, but in this years case it was absolutely well deserved.  Every year it is difficult to see the seniors leave the program, but we know they will be returning as alumni and fans and will forever be Warhawks.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Warhawks Flying High

The Lady Hawks took Nielsen Tennis Center, in Madison by storm this past weekend.  The team which was coming off a less than stellar spring break (result wise) was looking to bounce back against some tough competition.  On Friday Morning the ladies took on #22 Denison University from Ohio.  The Warhawks recognized the opportunity at hand and seized all three doubles points.  You may know, here at Whitewater we put a tremendous emphasis on doubles.  Having a 3-0 lead heading into singles is a huge advantage.  Last weeks practice definitely emphasized serving and doubles strategy.  Kudos to the ladies for taking it to heart, and putting it into action this weekend.  After doubles the Warhawks kept there focus and captured 4 of the 6 singles spots.

Friday afternoon featured what will most likely be the toughest competition the Lady Hawks will see in the regular season.  Matched up in the semi-final vs. #10 Wash-U the ladies were only able to capture one doubles point. The freshman duo of Megan Humphreys/ Amy Upthagrove won 8-6 at #2 doubles.  The Warhawks fought hard in singles but were only able to capture one singles point.  Alexandra Bayliss was in full force (as usual) as she defeated Jamie Silverberg 6-2, 3-6, 11-9 at #1 singles.  Alexandra has been playing at a new level this year, clearly she has been putting in the extra work!! 

Saturday at 11 featured the 3rd place match between your Warhawks and #12 University of Chicago.  The scores do not do this match justice.  The way the Lady Hawks competed, fought, and played throughout the entire match, was at a level not seen before this year.  Doubles consisted of three incredibly tight matches with Chicago taking a lead into singles 2-1.

Doubles Scores:
1D) 8-9(5)  Best match 1 dubs has played all year!!!
2D) 9-7   2 Dubs went 3-0 on the weekend against the #22, #10, and #12 ranked teams in the nation!!!
3D) 8-6  Trailed 5-1 and rock!!

After some emotional doubles the Ladies were able to re-focus and push Chicago to their limits.  Whitewater was able to capture victories at both #2 and #3 singles.  Megan Humphreys moved like "a cat with a hot foot" on her way to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Tiffany Chen at 2.  Jackie Vitale was also able to seize a singles point, beating rival Helen Sdvizkhov 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.  "I didn't let the first set get me down, I just kept fighting and was able to figure out a way to win."  said captain Jackie.  who went on to say "we proved this weekend that we can compete with the best in the nation.  The passion we brought to the court was unlike any match before.  After this weekend I know are team can reach new hieghts this year."

Saturday also featured the home outdoor opener for the Men.  However, the first match against Carrol University was moved indoors, due to weather.  Classic Wisconsin.  This match featured a rematch of the central ITA final between Jake Humphreys and Jack Michael.  Jake left the drama in Minnesota and was able to capture his second straight victory against the wily foe.  This one coming in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

Saturday afternoon the men took the outdoor Wangerin Stadium Courts vs. Monmouth College.  Monmouth has a tough #1 doubles team and the show court match up did not disappoint, seeing the #1 duo of Balkin/Humphreys return their way to an 8-5 victory.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Midwest Invite Preview

This upcoming weekend the Lady Hawks will travel to Madison to face some of their toughest competition.  The NCAA Midwest region annually hosts an invite for the top teams around the Midwest.  The Lady Hawks have been in attendance the last few years, and are looking to take some serious steps toward becoming a national contender this weekend.  The Lady Hawks face off with Dennison University in the first round.  Dennison is a team we do not know much about, but like always, it will be crucial to our success, to get off with a good doubles start.  Having a lead heading into singles helps any teams confidence, and when you emphasize doubles in practice, the way the Warhawks do, doubles leads are imperative.  Serving and volleying has been a theme in practice all week, as our Lady Hawks gear up for the final push of the season.  Team and individual ranks are at stake along with seeds for nationals.  We need all the love and support we can get this weekend.  

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break 2014

Last Week the Men's and Women's tennis teams headed south for spring break, traveling to Hilton Head,  South Carolina.  Hilton Head offers a uniques tennis experience through the PTR, playing at some very scenic parks and clubs on the lovely island.  The team arrived on Friday and was set to practice the entire weekend.  The weekend sessions were capped of with the annual mixed doubles tournament, which was won by perennial powerhouse Alexandra Bayliss and her dad Mike.

Monday saw the beginning of the outdoor season, which started with a bang, but didn't end up going in our favor.  The men's team battled hard, but lost a tough 5-4 match to Colby College out of Maine.  Great play was seen yet again out of 3 doubles this time featuring Cam Laktash and Kevin Friend making his much anticipated return to the lineup after being out with a stress fracture in his shin.  The duo was able to capture the lone doubles point for the Hawks winning 8-6.  The ladies also started with an extremely exciting match in which they fell 5-4 to #10 Depauw.  Depauw is a very tough opponent and was able to fight back on the Lady Hawks and recover from the doubles sweep the Warhawks were able to get.  Sweeping Depauw in doubles is no easy feat, and accomplishing that should give the Lady Hawks a strong bode of confidence heading into the Midwestern Invite.  After the tough start the teams responded great seeing consistent effort and strong play, with the exception of the Women's match vs. Carleton which we lost 5-4.  In the words of head coach Frank Barnes "we'd like to have that one back."  However, a true measure of a teams character is how they respond to adversity, and wether it was the Ladies responding to a disappointing ending to Depauw,  or the men having their most energy of the season in the match immediately following the 2-7 loss to Depauw, the Warhawks showed they had character and a burning desire to get better.  One they have already taken back to Whitewater with them.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Welcome Back Warhawk Tennis Fans!

The spring season is upon us!  The men reported back to school after the holiday break a week early, so we could do two-a-day practices including challenge matches, drill sessions, and some team bonding.  We played some platform tennis with Duke at the Cedar Club one snowy Friday night, and we took our annual trip to the dells for some winter fun!
Last week school started along with our regular practice schedule.  This upcoming weekend marks the start of matches for us as we take on two D-1 teams.  On Saturday we play Northern Illinois Universtiy at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford Illinois at 5pm.  We then have a quick turn around and play Detroit Mercy at 9am in Janesville at Premier Tennis and Fitness.  We hope many of you can come out and cheer us on for those matches!
The following weekend the men have another big challenge.  On Sunday, Feb 9th we face the #3 ranked team in D-3 Washington University at Western Racquet Club in Green Bay at 9am, and then at 3:30 we take on another Division I opponent UW-Green Bay.  The road does not get any easier after that.  On Feb 15 we play in Ohio against another national powerhouse Kenyon at 10am followed by a 2pm match against Earlham.  Then on the way back on Sunday, Feb 16 we have a showdown with down against one of our rivals Kalamazoo College at 2pm
This early schedule will toughen us up as we have several more nationally ranked opponent on the mens tennis schedule and an intense spring break trip, and we are hoping to return to the NCAA tournament in May if we can work our tails off and have another solid year.
The women do not have their first match until March 7th (against Hope College at PTF) because of their extensive fall schedule in when they went 10-0 and won the conference title for the 7th consecutive year.  The womens schedulewill be quite challenging as well as they will be competing in  the Midwest Invite (for the top 8 teams in the Midwest), have an intense spring break trip, and pariticpate in the WIAC AQ tournament for a chance at another berth into the NCAA tournament as well.  If all goes well, the women could have 15 or so matches this spring!
Now it's time to get to work!  GO WARHAWKS!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Meet the Warhawk Rookies!

Now that the off-season is in full swing, we thought it would be a good idea to have our fans and supporters meet the newcomers to the Warhawk tennis family.
Enjoy! and as always,

Warhawk Newbies Video

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WIAC Championship

This past weekend the Women traveled to Nielsen Tennis center in Madison for the WIAC conference tournament.  This is the culmination of our fall conference season and determines the conference champion for the year.  Because of the spectacular play from our Lady Hawks during the regular season, we received the one seed, and first round byes in seven of the nine flights.  The tournament opened on Saturday with doubles action featuring the senior duo of Abby Day/ Hilary Franzen, who were making their conference tournament debut in the #3 doubles draw.  The seniors came out on fire taking down UW-Stout easily in the first round, and then avenging a regular season loss to a tough UW-Eau Claire team, 9-7.  Another senior making her debut in the conference championship lineup was Jess Vitale.  Jess received a #1 seed and a first round bye in the #6 singles flight and did not play till Sunday.  In her first match she came out focused (as all our experienced seniors do) and defeated UW-Stevens Point easily.  In the finals she was pushed by Paige Kuepers from UW-Eau Claire but came out victorious 6-2, 7-5 and claiming the #6 singles WIAC title.  Day/Franzen also claimed a conference title with an 8-3 win over UW-Lacrosse's Graham/Wabers.

The WIAC tournament also featured an amazing performance from senior captain Alexandra Bayliss as she claimed the #1 singles WIAC title and more importantly received the Judy Kruckman Scholar Athlete award.  See Judy Kruckman Award Article.  Bayliss also went undefeated in conference singles play over her four years at UW-Whitewater.  The WIAC tournament also featured Coach Barnes receiving his fourth WIAC coach of the year award.

All in all the Lady Hawks were able to capture 6 of the 9 flights including 5 of the 6 singles draws.  Most importantly the Ladies claimed their seventh consecutive WIAC conference championship and earned the #1 seed for the WIAC final four this spring.  The winner of which represents the WIAC in the NCAA Division III National team tournament.

We had an accident with the MAC book so the pictures will be up ASAP.  :-(