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This Week in Volleyball

 Aug. 29  vs. Louisville  4:30 pm
 Aug. 30  vs. Notre Dame  4 pm
 Sept. 5  at N. Colorado  8 pm
 Sept. 6   vs. Florida A&M  12:30 pm
 Sept. 6  at #18 Colorado St  8 pm
 Sept. 12  MIAMI (Fla.)  7 pm
 Sept. 13  MISSOURI STATE  Noon
 Sept. 13  BALL STATE  7:30 pm
 Sept. 18  vs. #5 USC  7:30 pm
 Sept. 19  at #4 Washington  10 pm
 Sept. 24  #1 PENN STATE  6:30 pm
 Sept. 28  OHIO STATE  1 pm
 Oct. 1  at Northwestern  7 pm
 Oct. 4  at #11 Illinois  7 pm
 Oct. 10  RUTGERS  7 pm
 Oct. 12  MARYLAND  1 pm
 Oct. 15  at #12 Minnesota  6 pm
 Oct. 18  #12 MINNESOTA  7 pm
 Oct. 22  IOWA  7 pm
 Oct. 26  #7 NEBRASKA  4 pm
 Oct. 29  at #8 Purdue  6:30 pm
 Nov. 1  at Indiana  6 pm
 Nov. 7  at Michigan  6 pm
 Nov. 9  at #16 Michigan St  Noon
 Nov. 12  MICHIGAN  7 pm
 Nov. 15  at Iowa  7 pm
 Nov. 19  #11 ILLINOIS  7 pm
 Nov. 21  at Ohio State  6 pm
 Nov. 26  at Rutgers  6 pm
 Nov. 28  #8 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

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The sixth-ranked Badgers (28-10 in 2013) kick off the 2014 season on Friday and Saturday, competing in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Minneapolis. Wisconsin and No. 12 Minnesota (29-7) represent the Big Ten and take on Louisville (23-8) and Notre Dame (13-18) from the ACC.

 Matches 1-2 | Big Ten/ACC Challenge
 Date  Friday-Saturday, Aug. 29-30
 Friday  Wisconsin vs. Louisville |  4:30 p.m.
 Minnesota vs. Notre Dame  |  7 p.m.
 Saturday  Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame  |  4 p.m.
 Minnesota vs. Louisville  |  6:30 p.m.
 Location   Sports Pavilion  |  Minneapolis, Minn.
 Mobile App  Badger Gameday
 Radio  The Mic 92.1  |  iHeartRadio http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif
 Live Video   BTN Plus Small Video Graphic
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Social Media  @BadgerVB TwitterFacebook

The Badgers are 27-13 all-time in season openers, including a 17-7 mark on the road. Wisconsin has won its last four season openers, including a 3-0 win over Iona at the Pep-perdine Classic in 2013.

Wisconsin is ranked sixth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) preseason poll. The NCAA runners up receive eight first-place votes and 1,264 points.

It is the second highest preseason rank in program history and the highest since 2001 when the Badgers were ranked fourth, coming off a runner-up finish at the 2000 NCAA Championship.

Reigning NCAA champion Penn State leads the national poll. Texas, who the Badgers beat in last season’s NCAA national semifinals, is ranked second. Stanford, Washington and Southern Cali-fornia round out the top-five teams, respectively.

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Wisconsin will face nine top-25 teams in 2014, including No. 5 Southern California and No. 4 Washington in the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase in Seattle as well as a road trip to No. 18 Colorado State.

Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 25 behind top-rated PSU and Wisconsin. Nebraska comes in at seventh while Purdue is ranked eighth. No. 11 Illinois, No. 12 Minnesota and No. 16 Michigan State are all ranked in the top 20. Michigan receives votes in the poll.

Wisconsin is picked to finish third in the 2014 Big Ten race, according to a preseason poll of league coaches. The Badgers also landed two players on the Preseason All-Big Ten team as sophomore Lauren Carlini was a unanimous pick and was joined on the team by senior Ellen Chapman.

Two-time reigning Big Ten champion Penn State is the preseason favorite while 2011 cham-pion Nebraska comes in second. Wisconsin, which tied for fourth in the 2013 standings, is ranked third. Illinois and Purdue round out the top-five teams, respectively.

Carlini, a 6-2 setter, was one of six unanimous picks to the team and one of three sophomores. Chapman, a 6-4 outside hitter, picks up her first All-Big Ten honor.

Second-year head coach Kelly Sheffield returns 11 letterwinners and six starters from last season’s NCAA runner-up team. Wisconsin brings back 98.4 percent of its kills, 85 percent of its aces, 99 percent of its blocks and 78.9 percent of its digs.

The Badgers lost only one senior to graduation—libero Annemarie Hickey—and also lost outside hitter Crystal Graff to a medical hardship while defensive specialists Victoria Ito and Claire Raddatz decided not to return.

Hickey is the most significant loss as she led the team with 482 digs (3.95/set) and was one of the Badgers’ primary serve receivers.  

Sophomore Lauren Carlini and senior Ellen Chapman return after earning All-America honors in 2013. Carlini earned second-team honors, becoming the first UW freshman to be named All-America. Chapman earned honorable mention All-America honors. The duo are the first All-Americans for the Badgers since 2007.

Carlini, a 6-2 setter, was named the 2013 Big Ten and AVCA Northeast Regional Freshman of the Year. She was also named the most valuable player of the 2013 NCAA Champaign Regional and was a first-team All-Big Ten pick.

The Aurora, Illinois, native put up 11.15 assists per set last season, which ranked third in the Big Ten and 29th nationally. Carlini also ranked second on the UW team with 2.82 digs per set and third with 0.79 blocks per set. She put up a team-best 22 double-doubles, which ranked first among all freshmen nationally.

Chapman, a 6-4 outside hitter, was named to the AVCA Northeast All-Region team and was also named to the all-tournament team at the Champaign Regional. The Glenview, Illinois, native led the Badgers and ranked seventh in the Big Ten with 3.51 kills per set. Chapman also led the team with 33 service aces (0.23/set) on the season.

All six returning starters, including All-Americans Lauren Carlini and Ellen Chapman, earned at least one all-tournament honor in 2013.

Senior Deme Morales was named to the NCAA championship all-tournament team along with Carlini while Carlini, Chapman, Morales and senior Dominique Thompson earned NCAA Regional All-Tournament picks.

Chapman, Thompson and senior Courtney Thomas were also named MVPs of three different tournaments that Wisconsin competed in during the 2013 non-conference season.

Morales, a 5-7 outside hitter, ranked second on the team with 2.78 kills per set. She also added 2.76 digs per set as one of the shortest starting outside hitter in the country.

Thompson, a 5-11 middle blocker, ranked third on the team with 2.66 kills per set and second in blocks with 1.01 per set. She also led the team with a .323 hitting percentage.

A 6-0 outside hitter, Thomas switched from setter to the right side with the arrival of Lauren Carlini. Thomas averaged 2.39 kills per set last season, tallying double-figure kills in 16 matches.

The Badgers return three players who saw little or playing time in 2013. Seniors Julie Mikaelsen (broken foot) and Caroline Workman (leg) as well as redshirt freshman Taylor Fricano will be fighting for playing time this season.

Mikaelsen, a 6-3 outside hitter, was a starter in 2012 when she averaged 2.63 kills per set. Workman, a 5-5 defensive specialist, played in only 11 sets last season. As a sophomore, she played in 110 sets, averaging 2.0 digs per set.

Fricano, a 6-3 outside hitter, did not play as a true freshman. She was ranked 33rd on the Senior Aces list by PrepVolleyball.com.

The Badgers add three newcomers, including two transfers. Juniors Romana Kriskova (VCU) and Erin Juley (Long Beach State) as well as freshman Kelli Bates join UW.

Kriskova, a 6-3 outside hitter, was the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year and earned honorable mention All-America honors. She averaged 4.83 kills per set last season for the Rams, tallying 20-plus kills in 12 matches. Kriskova had her left knee scoped on Aug. 11 but has been practicing the last few days.

Juley, a 5-10 setter, started for the 49ers last season, averaging 10.43 assists per set.

Bates was a 2014 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection and a 2014 AAU Under Armour All-American at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School in Bradley, Illinois.

Sophomore Lauren Carlini spent three weeks training with the U.S. National team in Anaheim, California. The 6-2 setter also participated in two scrimmages with the team.

Senior Dominique Thompson spent 10 days training with the U.S. Collegiate National team in Minneapolis. She earned a silver medal in a round-robin competition among the teams.

Despite having only one signee, freshman Kelli Bates, the Badgers 2014 recruiting class earned honorable mention honors in Volleyball Magazine’s top recruiting classes.

2014 Volleyball Magazine Top Recruiting Classes
1. Penn State
2. USC
3. Purdue
4. Washington
5. Florida
6. Michigan State
7. Michigan
8. Nebraska
9. Oregon
10. California

Honorable Mention—Auburn, Duke, Hawai’i, Kansas, Kentucky, Long Beach State, LSU, Minnesota, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, San Diego, Texas A&M, Wisconsin

Senior Courtney Thomas as well as sophomore Lauren Carlini and Haleigh Nelson have been named captains for the Badger squad this season.

Thomas, a 6-0 right-side hitter, began her UW career at setter but moved to hitter her junior season. She averaged 2.39 kills per set as a junior, tallying double-figure kills in 17 matches.

Carlini, a 6-2 setter, averaged 11.15 assists per set as a freshman, ranking third in the Big Ten. She was a 2013 AVCA second-team All-American.

Nelson, a 6-3 middle blocker, led the Badgers with 1.13 blocks per set last season. She also added 1.74 kills per set while hitting .318 to rank second on the team.

The Big Ten Conference welcomes first-year members Maryland and Rutgers to the league. The Badgers host both teams while also traveling to Rutgers. The universities are the first to join the conference since Nebraska (2011-12) and Penn State (1991-92).  

For the seventh-straight season, Wisconsin volleyball will be heard on the Madison airwaves. The Badgers once again team with Clear Channel Radio in Madison to air 27 regular-season matches this season. The only matches that won’t air are the three matches at the Northern Colorado/Colorado State Classic.

Matches will air in the Madison area on The Mic 92.1 (WXXM-FM) with Jon Arias returning for his seventh season as the voice of the Badgers. Arias will be joined on the road by Diane Nordstrom, UW’s associate athletic communications director for volleyball. At home, former player Victoria Ito will provide the color commentary.

All matches can also be heard online for free at Badger Sports Network and via the iHeartRadio app across a number of mobile platforms.

Broadcasts begin the weekend of Aug. 29-30 with two matches at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The station will also air all three matches at the HotelRED Invitational on Sept. 12-13 and the two matches at the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase on Sept. 18-19. All 20 Big Ten matches will also be broadcast.

Senior Courtney Thomas needs just 44 digs to reach 1,000 saves for her career. The 6-0 right side hitter has 956 digs entering her senior season. She will become just the 15th Badger to record 1,000 digs in a career.

Kelly Sheffield's unique career path is a testament to his will to improve – Wisconsin State Journal
Transfer Erin Juley excited to help All-American setter Lauren Carlini – Wisconsin State Journal
Lauren Carlini plans to put U.S. National Team training to good use – Wisconsin State Journal
Carlini setting up for strong sophomore campaign – The Badger Herald

The Cardinals were 23-8 in 2013, losing to Marquette 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Louisville won the American Conference last season with an 18-0 mark but have moved to the ACC this season.

Fourth-year head coach Ann Kordes returns three starters and four letterwinners. She also brings in eight newcomers.

Sophomore Maya McClendon, a 5-9 outside hitter, is the Cardinals top returnee on offense and defense. She averaged 3.10 kills and 3.16 digs per set as a freshman. Sophomore Janelle Jenkins, a 5-11 outside hitter, added 2.28 kills per set last season. Junior Katie George, a 5-11 setter, ran the Louisville offense, putting up 9.31 assists per set in 2013. She also added 2.19 digs per set.
vs. Louisville
Wisconsin leads 3-1
Neutral: Wisconsin leads 2-1
Last Meeting: The Badgers swept the Cardinals 3-0 at the N.D. State Classic on Sept. 7, 2013.

Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish struggled to a 13-18 record in 2013, finishing 11th in the ACC with a 7-13 mark.

Head coach Debbie Brown, who is entering her 24th season at Notre Dame, returns five start-ers and nine letterwinners. She also brings in six newcomers.

Senior Jeni Houser, a 6-3 middle blocker/right-side hitter, averaged 2.59 kills per set in 2013 while hitting .303. She also added 0.98 blocks per set. Senior Toni Alugbue, a 6-0 outside hitter, chiiped in 2.89 kills and 2.24 digs per set while graduate student Nicole Smith, a 6-1 outside hitter, added 2.35 kills and 0.60 blocks per set.
vs. Notre Dame
Wisconsin leads 6-3
Neutral: Wisconsin leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Notre Dame swept the Badgers 3-0 at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 11, 2009.

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