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Badger tennis to take on Iowa in postseason

first_imgMoritz Baumann sat out of singles competition last weekend against OSU to rest for Iowa Thursday.[/media-credit]The No. 30 University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team will have to put their 7-0 loss to Big Ten rival No. 2 Ohio State behind them quickly as they prepare to face Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament this Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich.The last time the Badgers faced the Hawkeyes resulted in a 5-2 win on April 11 in Madison. In that match, both the Wisconsin No. 3 and No. 2 doubles teams beat their counterparts on the other side of the net. Overall, the Hawkeyes finished the season tied with Wisconsin for seventh in the conference with a 4-6 record.“We’re looking forward to the Big Ten Tournament starting on Thursday,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “We play Iowa in the first round. I think our conference this year has been really strong throughout, and we had a tough go at it at some matches. (We) finished tied for seventh, which is a little disappointing for us because I think we’re better than that. Our conference is real strong this year. We’ve lost, I think, four out of five 4-3 matches, and all of those matches were three sets. So, it’s kind of tough when you look at those stats and look at those numbers. You always kind of play the card where it could have been.”Players not playing to their potentialDespite a strong start to their season — including wins over No. 23 Wake Forest on Feb. 22 and No. 25 Notre Dame the following weekend, which broke a 10-year losing streak to the Irish — the Badgers have faltered down the stretch. They have lost their last three matches, including one at home against cross-border rival Minnesota and their final two on the road.Even though they were shut out last weekend against the Buckeyes, Van Emburgh is still confident his team will come together once the postseason starts.“You know, I think we’ve kind of run into some unfortunate times throughout our lineup,” Van Emburgh said. “I think the thing with our team is we’re strong at all our spots, and all of our spots haven’t really had the success that we might have thought that they would have. And there’s still some time left in the season, and you can’t really dwell on what’s happened in the past. You just got to kind of get through today and get through tomorrow, have a couple of good days of practice before we play on Thursday. And if we take care of Iowa, play loose against Ohio State, and, you know, we still have the NCAA team championships to look forward to.”Injury UpdateIn their loss last weekend to Ohio State, Wisconsin junior Moritz Baumann did not play in his usual role in the No. 1 or No. 2 singles spot, but still played No. 1 doubles with teammate Marek Michalicka. They were defeated 8-6.“He wasn’t 100 percent, so we didn’t feel like we should do that with him from the season that he’s had, as far as the success and the longevity that it’s been,” Van Emburgh said. “So I want to keep him fresh and healthy for the match on Thursday.”This season, Baumann has been essential to the Badgers’ early season success. He is currently ranked No. 31in the nation in singles and has had five wins over ranked opponents.last_img read more

A.H. Fisher Diamonds Joins with Catholic Charities to Help Residents Hit…

first_imgRED BANK – The Monmouth County Board of Catholic Charities has joined with A.H. Fisher Diamonds for the 2013 Ray of Hope Gala Committee to raise funds to benefit area residents affected by Super Storm Sandy.Each year the gala supports Catholic Charities’ programs that provide temporary and permanent housing, trauma counseling, child and family counseling and addiction treatment. All of these programs will be involved in the disaster relief response efforts for those impacted by Sandy.The programs benefit people in need in Monmouth County, regardless of religious affiliation.The collaborative effort between A.H. Fisher Diamonds and the gala committee will raise funds that will benefit these programs and help individuals and families that suffered loss and/or damages as a result of the storm. The fundraiser is called, Shop for the Shore.Through Dec. 31, A.H. Fisher Diamonds will make the donations to Catholic Charities of:$50 for every purchase made over $500$100 for every purchase made over $1,000$1,000 for every purchase made over $10,000As an additional bonus, customers who spend a minimum of $500 will receive a $100 A.H. Fisher Diamonds Gift Card that can be redeemed toward a purchase at the store in 2013.For almost 10 years, the Red Bank-based A.H. Fisher Diamonds has proudly supported Catholic Charities’ Ray of Hope Gala.“It has been our pleasure to work with the Gala committee to raise funds that provide a variety of services to the residents in our communities who require assistance,“ said Alan Fisher, president of A.H. Fisher Diamonds.Fisher, a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore, has many friends and customers who have been adversely affected by the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. As a way to help them and the thousands who need assistance, A.H. Fisher Diamonds will make these donations in collaboration with Catholic Charities and the Ray of Hope Gala.“For many years, Catholic Charities has helped people meet challenges, so it made sense for us to join forces with this established organization that already has an established network of programs that help people in our communities,” Fisher said .“Catholic Charities helps hundreds of residents every year in Monmouth County with challenges related to housing, mental health, specialized children’s services and addiction treatment,” said Robert Hodnett, associate director of Children’s and Family Services for Catholic Charities. “A natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy adds to our area’s challenges, but we are fortunate to be able to incorporate our resources and work with our business partners like A.H. Fisher Diamonds to help those affected.“The Monmouth County Board of Catholic Charities will host the 16th annual Ray of Hope Gala on Friday, April 26, at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale. Sponsorship opportunities are available.To learn more about the gala and Catholic Charities, visit read more

Bomber varisty teams off to respective provincial tournaments

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers girl’s soccer and boy’s rugby squad take to the road to compete in their respective provincial tournaments.The LVR Rugby Bomber trek to Abbotsford for round two of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Championships against Equimault.The seventh-ranked Bombers dropped the opener Saturday to Southridge 28-7 to drop to the consolation round of the tournament.The tournament continues Thursday before the finals Saturday.Last year LVR finished 13th overall. Meanwhile, the Bomber girls are in Kamloops Thursday to open play in the B.C. High School AA Girls Championships.First up for the Bombers, which won the Kootenay Zone title last week over David Thompson Lakers of Invermere, is host Sahali Sabres Thursday at 11 a.m.Game two of the four-team round robin is later in the day against Seycove of North Vancouver.The preliminary round concludes Friday at 9 a.m. against Surrey Christian.The teams then advance to the playoff round depending on their finish in round robin play.The final of the tournament goes Saturday at 11:30 a.m.The Bombers failed to advance to the provincials in 2011, losing out to J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the Kootenay Final.last_img read more