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This Week in Volleyball

 Aug. 29  vs. Louisville  W, 3-0
 Aug. 30  vs. Notre Dame  W, 3-0
 Sept. 5  at N. Colorado  W, 3-1
 Sept. 6   vs. Florida A&M  W, 3-1
 Sept. 6  at #13 Colorado St  W, 3-0
 Sept. 12  MIAMI (Fla.)  W, 3-0
 Sept. 13  MISSOURI STATE  W, 3-1
 Sept. 13  BALL STATE  W, 3-0
 Sept. 18  vs. #10 USC  7:30 pm
 Sept. 19  at #5 Washington  10 pm
 Sept. 24  #3 PENN STATE  6:30 pm
 Sept. 28  OHIO STATE  1 pm
 Oct. 1  at Northwestern  7 pm
 Oct. 4  at #16 Illinois  7 pm
 Oct. 10  RUTGERS  7 pm
 Oct. 12  MARYLAND  1 pm
 Oct. 15  at #17 Minnesota  6 pm
 Oct. 18  #17 MINNESOTA  7 pm
 Oct. 22  IOWA  7 pm
 Oct. 26  #9 NEBRASKA  4 pm
 Oct. 29  at #11 Purdue  6:30 pm
 Nov. 1  at Indiana  6 pm
 Nov. 7  at Michigan  6 pm
 Nov. 9  at #25 Michigan St  Noon
 Nov. 12  MICHIGAN  7 pm
 Nov. 15  at Iowa  7 pm
 Nov. 19  #16 ILLINOIS  7 pm
 Nov. 21  at Ohio State  6 pm
 Nov. 26  at Rutgers  6 pm
 Nov. 28  #11 PURDUE  7 pm
 Dec. 5  NCAA First Round  TBA
 Dec. 6 NCAA Second Round  TBA
 Dec. 12  NCAA Regional  TBA
 Dec. 13  NCAA Regional  TBA
 Dec. 18  NCAA Semifinals  TBA
 Dec. 30  NCAA Championship  TBA
2014 Schedule

1 Lauren Carlini SO S
2 Romana Kriskova JR OH
3 Courtney Thomas SR RS/OH
4 Kelli Bates FR OH
5 Taylor Fricano FR OH/RS
6 Taylor Morey JR L
7 Deme Morales SR OH/DS
10 Tori Blake SO MB
11 Kt Kvas SR S/DS
12 Julie Mikaelsen SR RS
13 Haleigh Nelson SO MB
14 Dominique Thompson SR MB
16 Caroline Workman SR DS
19 Erin Juley JR S
20 Ellen Chapman SR OH
Complete Roster

The Badgers celebrate a point on the court

The fourth-ranked Badgers (8-0) wrap up the non-conference season by traveling to Seattle for the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase. Wisconsin takes on No. 10 USC (6-2) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT before serving off against No. 5 Washington (9-0) on Friday at 10 p.m. CT. 

he Badgers open the Big Ten Conference season on Sept. 24 against No. 3 Penn State. First serve is at 6:30 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network. Tickets for the match are on sale here!

 Match 9-10 | at Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase
 Date  Thur.-Fri., Sept. 18-19

 Friday  | vs. USC - 7:30 p.m. CT
 Saturday | vs. Washington, 10 p.m. CT

 Location   Alaska Airlines Arena |  Seattle, Wash.
 Mobile App  Badger Gameday
 Live Video  Pac-12 Networks Small Video Graphic
 Live Stats  vs. USC  |  vs. Washington
 Radio  The Mic 92.1 or iHeartRadio app
 Social Media  @BadgerVB TwitterFacebook

The Badgers continue their undefeated season, winning their own HotelRED Invitational last weekend. Wisconsin swept Miami and Ball State while downing Missouri State 3-1.

UW won its 20th tournament title in 27 years of hosting and improved to 65-7 all time in invitational history.

Senior Courtney Thomas was named the MVP of the tournament while sophomores Lauren Carlini and Haleigh Nelson were named to the all-tournament team.

Wisconsin’s schedule picks up in the next two week as it plays three top-10 teams in the span of six days.

The Badgers play No. 10 USC and No. 5 Washington at the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase this weekend. UW then opens the Big Ten season on Sept. 24 against No. 3 Penn State.

Wisconsin faced its first ranked team of the season on Sept. 6, sweeping No. 13 Colorado State 3-0 in front of a record crowd of 7,018 at Moby Arena.

The Badgers face three top-25 teams during the non-conference season before opening Big Ten play where six opponents are ranked in the top 25.

Wisconsin faced a school-record 18 ranked teams in 2013, going 10-8.

Volleyball Notes

Game Notes
Complete volleyball match notes in printable PDF form

After the third week of play, Wisconsin is the only undefeated Big Ten team. Nationally, only 15 teams are unbeaten, including this weekend’s foe Washington. Big Ten standings

The Badgers have lost only three sets this season, going 24-3 in set play.

UW dropped the second set at Northern Colorado on Sept. 5, the third set vs. Florida A&M on Sept. 6 and the first set against Missouri State on Sept. 13. 

dominating on offense and in back row
The Badgers have dominated on offense this season, recording more kills and hitting at a higher percentage than all eight opponents. UW has hit better than .300 in six matches this season and is on track to have its highest team hitting percentage in program history.

Wisconsin has also recorded more digs than all eight foes and more blocks than six opponents.

balanced offense
The Badgers have won eight matches this season with a balanced offense.

Five starters are averaging 2.2 or more kills per set. Senior Ellen Chapman leads the team with 3.56 kills per set while senior Courtney Thomas adds 2.81 kills per set. Freshman Kelli Bates chips in 2.56 kills per set while middle blockers Dominique Thompson (2.23) and Haleigh Nelson (2.23) also contribute.

The Badgers are 2-0 with four players, 1-0 with three players, 2-0 with two players and 3-0 with one player in double figures.

great start
Wisconsin's 8-0 start is one of the top-10 openings in program history. The best undefeated marks are 11-0 starts in 1996 and 2010.

Best UW Starts
 Year  Record
 1996  11-0
 2010  11-0
 1994  10-0
 1997  9-0
 1976  9-0
 2014  8-0

UW is averaging 15.67 kills per set, which leads the list of all NCAA teams. The Badgers are also one of 15 teams nationally that remain undefeated. All National Stats
The Badgers continue to lead the Big Ten in kills per set (15.67) and assists per set (13.93) while also taking over the conference lead in digs per set (15.56). The team gives up just 0.63 service aces per set to lead the league while ranking second in hitting percentage (.315).

Junior Taylor Morey leads the Big Ten in digs per set, averaging 5.26. All Big Ten Stats

Wisconsin remains at fourth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 poll released Sept. 15. It marks the third-straight week for the Badgers in the fourth position, marking the highest in-season ranking for the Badgers since Sept. 3, 2001, when they were ranked third.

Stanford (7-0) is ranked first for the second-straight week, picking up 52 of 60 first-place votes. Texas (7-0) remains second while Penn State (8-1) is still third. Wisconsin earns two first-place votes in fourth while Washington (9-0) rounds out the top five.

Five other Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 25. Nebraska (5-2) moves up two spots to ninth while Purdue (8-1) drops three spots to 11th after losing its first match of the season. Illinois (5-3) and Minnesota (6-1) are 16th and 17th, respectively while Michigan State (5-3) is 25th.. AVCA National Poll

Freshman Kelli Bates has started the last four matches and is putting up big numbers. The 5-11 outside hitter had a career-best 14 kills vs. Miami last Friday and a career-high 14 digs vs. Missouri State on Saturday.

In the five matches she has started, she also started at Northern Colorado, Bates is averaging 3.18 kills and 2.88 digs per set.

For the season, Bates ranks third on the team with 2.56 kills per set. She also adds 2.19 digs per set and is one of the team’s primary passers..

Junior Taylor Morey picked up her 1,000 career dig against Ball State on Saturday night. She had 471 digs as a freshman at Notre Dame and 529 in her two seasons at Wisconsin.

A two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week this season, Morey has recorded double-figure digs in all eight matches this season to lead all Big Ten players with 5.26 digs per set. She also picked up her first kill of the year against Missouri State as a dig fell in for a kill.

Sophomore Lauren Carlini recorded only 10 digs and no blocks in the first two matches of the season but has turned up her defense the last six matches. The 6-2 setter has double-figure digs in four of the last six matches, including a season-high 17 at Northern Colorado on Sept. 5. She also has one or more block in all six matches.

Carlini is averaging 3.38 digs and 0.81 blocks per set over the last six matches. She has upped her season averages to 3.00 digs per set, which ranks second on the team, and 0.63 blocks per set.

After not serving at all during her freshman season, sophomore Haleigh Nelson has become quite the server this year.

The 6-3 middle blocker worked on her serve this spring and has recorded six aces this season, which ties for third on the team. Nelson had two aces at Northern Colorado on Sept. 5 and upped her career best to three scores vs. Miami on Friday. 

Three Badgers are counting down to career milestones.
  • Courtney Thomas needs just one dig for 1,000 saves.
  • Dominique Thompson will reach 100 digs with one save and 800 kills with 14 putaways.
  • Haleigh Nelson needs 10 blocks for 200 in her second season.

Unbeaten UW stays at fourth in coaches poll - Wisconsin State Journal
Bates making impact among veterans for UW volleyball - The Badger Herald
Volleyball well tested but heads into tough stretch of schedule - The Badger Herald
Ball State can't keep UW from own tournament title - Wisconsin State Journal
Thomas, defense shine for volleyball in strong weekend - The Badger Herald
Thomas, Wisconsin sweep three games over weekend, earn HotelRED title - The Badger Herald
Freshman Kelli Bates sparks sweep of Miami - Wisconsin State Journal
Courtney Thomas excels in new role - Wisconsin State Journal

Southern California
The Trojans are 6-2 on the season, coming off a pair of losses at their own invitational. USC dropped a 3-2 decision to Texas A&M before falling 3-0 to No. 10 Florida. The Trojans opened the season with six straight wins, three from the Pacific Volleyball Classic in Stockton, Calif., and another three at the Commonwealth Classic in Lexington, Ky.

Junior Samantha Bricio, a 6-2 outside hitter, leads the team with 3.37 kills per set. Sophomore Ebony Nwanebu, a 6-4 outside hitter, chips in 3.00 kills per set while senior Emily Young, a 6-2 outside hitter, puts away 2.60 kills per set.

Bricio ranks second on the team with 2.67 digs per set while sophomore Taylor Whittingham, a 5-8 libero, has a team-best 3.92 digs per set.

The Trojans put up 2.20 blocks per set, led by 6-4 sophomore Alicia Ogoms (1.14).

Bricio also has 25 of the team’s 39 service aces, recording 0.83 aces per set.

vs. USC
Wisconsin leads 4-3
Neutral: Wisconsin leads 3-2
Last meeting: The Badgers edged the Women of Troy 3-2 at UC Irvine in 2001.

The Huskies remain undefeated with a 9-0 record on the season, coming off a 3-0 performance at their own invitational. WU swept Seattle University, UC Davis and UNLV to complete the weekend sweep. Washington picked up three wins early in the season at the Northwest Challenge in Boise, Idaho, and tallied another three wins at the BYU Invitational in Provo, Utah.

Senior Krista Vansant, a 6-2 outside hitter, has a team-best 4.27 kills per set, followed by senior Kaleigh Nelson, a 6-0 outside hitter who chips in 3.02 kills per set. Junior Katy Beals, a 5-11 setter, puts up a team-best 6.74 assists per set.

Junior Lianna Sybeldon, a 6-1 middle blocker, marks 1.77 blocks per set, while junior Cassie Strickland, a 5-8 libero, has a team-best 3.39 digs per set.

vs. Washington
Washington leads 3-1
Last Meeting; The Huskies swept the badgers 3-0 in NCAA tournament play in 2005 in College Station, Texas.

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