Kuzma currently leads all Big Ten players in conference-only matches with 4.86 digs per set. The 5-7 libero had match highs of 18 digs vs. Iowa last Wednesday and 16 digs at Minnesota last Friday. On the week, she tallied 34 digs in seven sets. In all matches, the Muncie, Ind., native, leads the Badgers and ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 3.88 digs per set. She is also the UW's best serve receiver, getting aced only 17 times in 345 attempts for a .951 reception percentage.
Freshman Chris Borland has been all over the football field for the Badgers in their first three games. The Kettering, Ohio native, earned Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week honors after blocking a punt and forcing a fumble in Wisconsin's 44-14 win over Wofford. He leapt high over the Terrier upbacks and flipped over them as he blocked the punt, which led to David Gilbert recovering the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Borland also recorded a career-high four tackles in the win.
Alev Kelter Perusse
Freshman Alev Kelter headed in both goals for the Wisconsin women's
soccer team to give them a come-from-behind, 2-1, win over DePaul on
Sunday, Sept. 14. With the help of Meghan Flannery, Kelter clinched the win for UW to keep the Badgers unbeaten at home (4-0-1). Kelter has started in all of
Wisconsin's seven games and leads the team in goals with two and ranks second in
shots, with 19. Kelter joins her twin sister Derya Kelter as a member
of both the women's soccer and hockey team.
A 6-2 middle blocker, Mary Ording won two national titles in 2009. With Municiana Volleyball Club, the Samurai won the AAU and JVDA national titles. Ording was named a 2009 AAU All-American and was selected to the 2009 JVDA all-tournament team. She was also a 2009 Volleyball Fab 50 selection. A native of Carmel, Ind., Ording graduated from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. The Fighting Irish won the 2008 and 2006 Indiana state 4A titles. Ording was a two-time first-team all-state honoree.
After making it all the way to the NCAA finals as a true freshman, Andrew Howe got his sophomore year off on the right foot by winning a bronze medal at the 2009 Junior World Championships. Howe was wrestling in his first international tournament, which took place in Ankara, Turkey, and went 4-1 to take third in the 74 kg/163 lbs. freestyle division. Howe earned a spot on the U.S. squad by winning his weight class at the FILA Junior World Team Trials in May.
The Badgers' leading scorer from a year ago, Lorenz highlights a veteran roster for the Badgers in 2009 as one of eight seniors on the squad and one of the team's seven returning starters. One of just three players to start all 19 games last season, Lorenz led the Badgers in goals (10), points (23) and shots on goal (34). The forward also scored three game-winning goals and was one of three Badgers to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors following their 9-7-3 season.
The returning leading scorer from the 2008 season, Nosbusch closed out the campaign with seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. Nosbusch, who was once named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week and a Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week was also named to the 2008 Big Ten All-Freshman Team along with teammate Erin Jacobsen. Nosbusch and the rest of the Badgers will host an exhibition game agianst in-state rival on Aug. 15 traveling to Notre Dame for the season opener on Aug. 21.
The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Wanland's most recent accomplishments were a third-place finish in the 200-meter breaststroke and a sixth-place finish in the 100 breast at the USA Swimming National Championships last week. She won a Big Ten title, was a three-time All-American and set four school records and two conference records in her first collegiate season.
After concluding a strong first collegiate season, freshman Jessica Flax heads to the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend to compete in the heptathlon. Flax, a native of Pearland, Texas, owns a personal-best score of 4,974 points in the heptathlon and ranks second heading into the USA meet. As a freshman, she was sixth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the pentathlon and also finished sixth at the Big Ten outdoor meet in the heptathlon.
"Three and Out" with junior offensive lineman Bill Nagy: Favorite TV show(s): Californication, Entourage; What's on my iPod: Classic rock; Favorite movie: Heavyweights; Worst Habit: Biting my nails; Person I'd love to trade places with for a day: Tiger Woods, so I could be good at golf; First job: Baseball umpire; Favorite athlete to watch that is not a football player: LeBron James; Favorite sports team as a kid: Cleveland Browns; Favorite quote: "It is what it is"
Nate Larkin has enjoyed an outstanding junior season, qualifying for both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in the hurdles. The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native improved on his third-place finish in the 60 hurdles from the Big Ten indoor championships by finishing runner-up outdoors in the 110 hurdles. Larkin, who most recently finished sixth at the NCAA Mideast Regional and was named UW's winner of the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships beginning Thursday.
Badger sophomore-to-be Travis Rutt is making the most out of his summer vacation. On May 22, Rutt wrestled at the FILA Junior World Team Trials and defeated four opponents to win the 84 kg/185 lbs. Greco-Roman division. By winning his weight class, Rutt will represent the U.S. at the 2009 Junior World Championships in Ankara, Turkey from Aug. 4-9. Rutt has excelled in Greco-Roman wrestling over the years and also took first at the 2008 Junior National Championships before coming to Wisconsin.
Junior Chavon Robinson already was UW's school record-holder in the triple jump, but she has enjoyed a breakout season in the long jump this year, as well. After redshirting the indoor season, Robinson scored a runner-up finish in the long jump at the Big Ten outdoor championships to go along with her fourth-place finish in the triple jump. She is ranked sixth in the triple jump heading into this weekend's NCAA Mideast Regional, where she will compete in both events.
Junior Craig Miller had already established himself on the national
level, most recently with his runner-up performance in the mile at the
2009 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, but he can now add
Big Ten champion to his list of accomplishments after winning the
league's 1,500 meters title on May 17 for his first individual
conference crown. A five-time All-American, Miller holds the Badgers'
indoor mile record at 3:59.09 and has twice helped UW finish third at
the NCAA championships in the distance medley relay.
Senior Margot Schoellkopf has served as a key figure on the lightweight women's rowing team throughout her Badger career. With a pair of Eastern Sprints titles and an IRA National Championship varsity eight title to her credit after two years, Schoellkopf served as stroke for most of her junior season, but missed Sprints and the national championships after suffering injuries from a biking accident. This time, Schoellkopf is healthy and looks to help defend conference and national titles in her last year as a Badger.
Sophomore Marek Michalicka has recently earned an at-large bid to the NCAA championships where he will make his first appearance on the national stage in singles competition. He followed up his Big Ten Freshman of the Year performance with an All-Big Ten selection in 2009 and recently was named the team's hardest worker at the annual awards banquet. Michalicka went 14-7 in dual matches playing primarily at the No. 2 spot for Wisconsin and is currently ranked No. 57 in the country.
Senior Katie Helmrick only has three potential races left in her collegiate rowing career. The senior made major waves on the UW crew from her very first year as a Badger when she was a member of the third-place second varsity eight boat at the NCAA championships and has since been back to the NCAAs in UW's varsity eight. Now, as her UW career winds down, she looks forward to life after school, having already been commissioned into the U.S. Army as a nurse earlier this year in a ceremony at Porter Boathouse.
Sophomore Jen Krueger leads the Badgers in hitting, stolen bases and in the outfield, but didn't expect to be doing it the way she has. Krueger came to Wisconsin two years ago batting right and playing second base and shortstop. She now bats left and plays center field. The hard-working and athletic Krueger has learned to be a lefty slapper and uses her speed as the Badgers leadoff hitter. She is on pace to break the school's single-season and career stolen base record with 16 already this season.
Sophomore Robert Dehn has enjoyed plenty of success since the Badgers made the transition to outdoor competition. The Owatonna, Minn., native qualified himself for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the javelin at the Badgers' first outdoor meet on March 21 and hasn't looked back since. Dehn tallied his third regional qualifying mark in as many weeks by throwing 217-1 at the Jim Click Shootout on April 4, moving him into second place on the Badgers' all-time list in the javelin.
Senior Dan Woltman is the first men's golfer in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championship as an individual in consecutive seasons, doing so as a sophomore and junior. So far this season, Woltman has produced two top-10 finishes, including a share of eighth place at the Badgers' first tournament of the spring, the FAU Spring Break Championship on March 27-29.
Junior Moritz Baumann remains undefeated in singles action going 18-0,
including 12-0 at the No. 1 spot for a No. 47 ranking. Baumann's unbeaten run includes wins
over No. 22-ranked Brett Helgeson of Notre Dame and four other ranked opponents. The Inzlingen, Germany
native has picked up four Big Ten Player of the Week honors and has led
Wisconsin to a 13-5 record this season. In doubles, Baumann and partner Marek Michalicka hold a 15-3 record and are ranked No. 17 in the latest rankings.
Senior goaltender Jessie Vetter is the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner
recognizing her as the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Vetter,
who was named a first-team All-American earlier in the week, was presented the
12th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award by the USA Hockey Foundation at the
Women's Division I Frozen Four in Boston, Mass. She later earned her NCAA record
39th career shutout at the Badgers won their third national title with a 5-0 win
Junior defensemen Jamie McBain put himself in elite company when he was named WCHA Player of the Year and a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is given to the nation's top college hockey player. He is just the seventh UW men's hockey player named league player of the year and the eighth named a Hobey finalist. The rear guard is on pace to become the fifth defenseman in school history to lead the team in scoring.