May 1, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team had its annual year ending banquet Monday night in Heritage Hall. Head coach Greg Van Emburgh and assistant coach Joe Bates handed out awards for Most Valuable Player, Hardest Working and Newcomer of the Year.
Rod Carey was selected as the Badgers’ Most Valuable Player. The sophomore was featured primarily at No. 2 singles where he posted a 5-5 record. Throughout the year Carey went 11-12 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten.
After a slow start to his season, Carey came on late to win four of his last five matches at No. 2 singles to close the year. The hot-streak included a ranked win over No. 106 Benedikt Lindheim, 6-3, 6-0.
In doubles Carey contributed at all three positions. He went 1-0 at No. 1, 6-5 at No. 2 and 5-6 at No. 3 doubles.
The title of Hardest Working was awarded to sophomore Petr Satral. Spending most of his time at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, Satral was consistent all year and posted a 12-10 singles record with a 12-8 doubles record. He was the team leader in singles wins and tied for second in doubles wins.
Freshman Quinton Vega was named Newcomer of the Year. Vega showed a lot of growth throughout the season as he moved up the singles lineup. Originally starting out as the No. 6 singles player, Vega made it all the way to No. 3 before the season was over.
Vega’s breakthrough win came against Penn State’s Taylor Cohen. It was Vega’s first Big Ten win and his first win at No. 3 singles. Using this new confidence moving forward Vega finished the season winning two of his final five matches at No. 3 singles with his other victory coming against Indiana’s Jeremy Langer.
The Badgers finished their season 12-12 and 4-8 in Big Ten play. UW failed to advance in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, but finished its season strong ending the year winning four of its last six and two wins over ranked opponents.