Leacock/Lopes make it into men’s doubles quarterfinalsIT WAS youth over experience as Daniel Lopes and Leyland Leacock took down Andre Lopes and Sandeep Chand in a round of 16 match in the Men’s doubles of the GBTI Open tennis tournament, which concluded its second day of play at the courts of the GBTI Sports Club, in Bel Air.Daniel’s big serving raddled the opponents, as the teams traded games until the set was up 5-all. Lopes and Chand had a hard time holding their own serve, handing the set 7-5 to Daniel and Leacock.Lopes and Chand adjusted their defence and game strategy, but still saw the second set go 6-2 in Lopes and Leacock’s favour. A finalist from last year’s tournament, when he partnered with Nicholas Fenty, Leacock is trying to see if he can battle his way to another final.Last year’s Men’s doubles champion, Anthony Downes, who had partnered Harry Panday for the win, this year teamed up with Jason Andrews and the pair moved on after they received a walkover from Jamal Goodluck and Darren King.In another Men’s double match, the junior pair of Vadeanand Resaul and Adesh Khayyam showed the character of future champions, as they fought with intensity for every point, against Albert Razick and his son Daniel Razick.However Resaul and Khayyam still went under 4-6, 1-6, as the tactical strength of their opponents overpowered them.In the Men’s Open, Andrews ousted Kester Abrams 6-3, 6-3. Abrams had several moments to tip the momentum in the match, creating good angles and guiding several passing winners, but he just kept racking up errors.Andrews will face Khwan Rondney next in the round 16, with both men hoping to make their first GBTI Men’s Open quarterfinal.Meanwhile, on the distaff side, Kalyca Fraser and Sarah Klautky got past their semi-final matches to set up their place in the Girls’ final, while in the Ladies’ doubles they will go from being adversaries to partners, as they disposed of Kury Cobham and Grace McCalman 6-4, 6-2.In the Girls’ semifinals Fraser overpowered Alana Chung’s strong backhands to win 6-3, 6-2, while Klautky got the better of Nathalie Ramdyhan, 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.In other matches of the day:Boys’ round of 32Ridhwaan Kasim fell against Brazilian Alexandre DeAlmedia 6-2, 6-0.Ravin Ramprasad achieved a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win against Tai Downes.Khalid Gobin outplayed Adesh Khayyam 7-5, 6-1..Akil Brown upset Wayne Baker 6-4, 1-6, 11-9.Shimron Lewis gained a walkover against Daniel Kellman.Nigel Lowe was too much for Ariel Khan, defeating him 6-1, 6-0.
After receiving a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team had to defend home territory two more times to stay alive in the big dance. The Badgers did so by taking down UW-Green Bay and Pepperdine over the weekend to advance to the Sweet 16.Their first battle came against in-state rival Green Bay Friday night. The Badgers got off to a quick start, jumping to a 10–5 lead before Green Bay called a timeout to think of a way to shut down Dana Rettke and company in the front row. But whatever Green Bay tried to do to disrupt a near-perfect Badger offense didn’t work. The Badgers rolled to a 25–9 opening set win without a hitting error through the set.The Badgers started out the second set cold, dropping the first five points to Green Bay. After a rally, the Badgers reclaimed the lead 7–6. The score would stay close throughout the whole set, but it took a couple extra points for the Badgers to win by two. After both defenses caused some long volleys, the second set ended in the Badgers’ favor 27–25.Volleyball: Wisconsin to take on UW-Green Bay in first round of NCAA TournamentThe No. 6 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) is preparing to take on UW-Green Bay Read…“I liked how our mentality was just kind of staying with it,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said when asked about the team’s response to the second set.The third set went more as Wisconsin had planned as they got off to another great start leading 9–2. Molly Haggerty tacked on three more kills to put her at a match-high 10 kills on the night. With the help of both Haggerty’s offense and defense, Wisconsin opened the tournament with a clean sweep, earning a 25–15 third set victory.Haggerty led the Badgers in both kills, with 10, and digs, with 15. Tiffany Clark also had 15 digs in a defensive battle of liberos. Rettke and Tionna Williams both stuffed five blocks, and Sydney Hilley had 36 assists.The next Badger opponent came Saturday as the Pepperdine Waves, who beat the Northern Iowa Panthers in a four-set battle Friday night, visited Madison.A Clark ace and back-to-back Haggerty kills established an early lead for Wisconsin in the first set. The rally continued for the Badgers with Grace Loberg getting a kill on four of the next six Wisconsin points for a 25–16 set win.The next set was all Badgers and then some. Williams, stepping up in her last home game as a Badger, recorded back-to-back kills to put Wisconsin up 7–4. Thanks to another impressive night from Haggerty, the Badgers cruised to a 25–15 second set win.Volleyball: Wisconsin closes out regular season with critical road victories against Rutgers, Penn StateThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) wrapped up their regular season with an Read…With their backs against the wall and their season on the line, Pepperdine dug deep and fought with everything they had left. The amazing serving team found their niche as Blossom Sato and Hannah Frohling served an 11–1 rally, helping force a fourth set with a 25–15 third set win.But the Badgers were looking to bounce back on their path to yet another Sweet 16. The team quickly put set three behind them and came back out to dominate in set four. With more great hitting from Loberg and Haggerty, the Badgers packed their bags for the next round with a 25–12 match-winning set.Leading the way for the Badgers was Williams with 14 kills. She received a standing ovation from the Badger crowd as she exited the UW Field House for the last time.“It was just incredible, the amount of support I have had over the four years being here. Going to the Sweet 16 with my teammates again is just incredible,” Williams said.Sydney Hilley had a big night leading in both assists and digs, recording 48 and 19 respectively, and recording six blocks alongside Rettke.The Badgers advance to the Sweet 16 for the sixth year in a row. They will take on the University of San Diego in Illinois Friday at 1:30 p.m. The game will stream online through ESPN3 with live stats at UWBadgers.com.