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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  W, 3-1
 Sept. 19  at #5 Washington   L, 2-3
 Sept. 24  #3 PENN STATE   L, 0-3
 Sept. 28  OHIO STATE  W, 3-0
 Oct. 1  at Northwestern  W, 3-0
 Oct. 4  at #16 Illinois  W, 3-1
 Oct. 10  RUTGERS  W, 3-0
 Oct. 12  MARYLAND  W, 3-0
 Oct. 15  at #23 Minnesota  W, 3-0
 Oct. 18  #23 MINNESOTA  W, 3-0
 Oct. 22  IOWA  W, 3-0
 Oct. 26  #14 NEBRASKA  W, 3-0
 Oct. 29  at #13 Purdue  6:30 pm
 Nov. 1  at Indiana  6 pm
 Nov. 7  at Michigan  6 pm
 Nov. 9  at Michigan State  Noon
 Nov. 12  MICHIGAN  7 pm
 Nov. 15  at Iowa  7 pm
 Nov. 19  #10 ILLINOIS  7 pm
 Nov. 21  at #17 Ohio State  6 pm
 Nov. 26  at Rutgers  6 pm
 Nov. 28  #13 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

Big Ten POW graphic with Carlini and Morey

The fourth-ranked Badgers (18-2 overall, 9-1 Big Ten) kick off the second half of Big Ten play, opening a four-match road trip. Wisconsin travels to No. 13 Purdue (18-4, 8-2) on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. match live on the Big Ten Network. The road trip continues at Indiana (13-9, 4-6) on Saturday. First serve is at 6 p.m.

 Match 21 | at No. 13 Purdue
 Date  Wednesday, Oct. 29  | 6:30 p.m.
 Location   Holloway Gym  |  West Lafayette, Ind.
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 Match 22 | at Indiana
 Date  Saturday, Nov. 1  |  6 p.m.
 Location   University Gym  |  Bloomington, Ind.
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Setter Lauren Carlini picked up her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor, setting the Badgers to two 3-0 wins last week. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 1.83 kills per set while hitting .455. She added 0.50 aces per set, 2.17 digs per set and 1.33 blocks per set.

Junior Taylor Morey was named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after breaking her own three-set school record with 29 digs against Nebraska on Sunday. The 5-5 libero averaged 6.50 digs and 0.33 aces per set on the week.

Sunday’s victory over Nebraska ended a 36-year drought in which it did not had a victory over the Huskers. The Badgers hadn’t beaten the Huskers since Oct. 28, 1978. The win snapped a 17-match losing streak for the Badgers as they picked up their first Big Ten win over Nebraska.

Wisconsin extended its Big Ten winning streak to nine matches with 3-0 wins over Iowa and No. 14 Nebraska last week. It is currently the longest winning streak in the Big Ten.

It is also UW’s longest stretch of Big Ten matches won since 2007 when it also won nine straight to start the conference season.

Wisconsin’s record for consecutive Big Ten matches won is 16 in 1997. UW also won 11 straight in 2000 and 2001.

UW has won its last six matches by 3-0 scores to extend its set-winning streak to 19. The Badgers haven’t lost a set since dropping the third set at Illinois on Oct. 4.

Wisconsin won a school record 27 straight conference sets in 2001.

uw MOVES UP TO FOURTH in coaches' poll
Wisconsin moved up one spot to fourth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 poll released Oct. 27.

Stanford (20-0) is ranked first for the seventh-straight week. The Cardinal pick up 59 of 60 first-place votes and earn 1,499 points. Washington (21-0) and Florida State (21-0) move up to second and third, respectively, following a loss to former No. 2 Texas (15-1). The Longhorns fall to fifth after getting swept by Oklahoma.

The Big Ten has six teams in the top 25 as Penn State (20-3) moves up one spot to sixth while Illinois (16-5) remains 10th. Purdue (18-4) and Nebraska (12-7) stay at 13th and 14th, respectively. Ohio State (16-6) moves up three more spots to 17th. 
AVCA National Poll

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After the first half of Big Ten play, the Badgers lead the conference 9-1. Penn State, Purdue and Illinois are tied for second at 8-2.  Big Ten standings

The Badgers remains at fifth in the NCAA RPI, released Oct. 27. The RPI is one of the many tools used in the selection process for NCAA tournament participation. The weighting of the RPI is based on strength of schedule (50 percent), Division I winning percentage (25 percent) and opponents’ strength of schedule (25 percent).

Wisconsin is the top Big Ten in the ranking. Stanford (20-0) leads the list followed by Florida State (21-0), Washington (21-0), and Texas (15-1), respectively.

Illinois (16-5) is the second B1G team in the ranking, coming in at ninth.Penn State (20-3) drops to 11th while Nebraska (12-7) remains at 12th. Ohio State (16-6) is ranked 20th.  Complete NCAA RPI

The Badgers have four sell-out crowds in the UW Field House this season. Wisconsin drew 6,012 fans vs. Penn State on Sept. 24, vs. Maryland on Oct. 12, vs. Minnesota on Oct. 18 and vs. Nebraska on Oct. 26. Those marks tie for 16th on UW’s all-time attendance list.

The sell outs have upped Wisconsin’s season attendance average to 4,746 fans per match, which ranks third nationally and second in the Big Ten.

Nebraska leads the conference and the nation with 8,298 spectators per match while Hawai’i is second at 6,120 per match. Complete NCAA Attendance

The Badgers are 7-1 (.876) at home this season, their best home mark since going 15-2 (.882) in 2007. Wisconsin’s only home loss this season came against then-No. 3 Penn State on Sept. 24. UW has won six matches at home by 3-0 scores and one match by a 3-1 tally.

The Badgers also have a 5-1 away mark, including a 3-0 record in Big Ten road matches.

Wisconsin has outblocked its last six opponents by an average of more than five blocks per match.

On Oct. 22 against Iowa, the Badgers recorded a season-high 15 blocks in the three-set win, while giving up only five blocks. Senior Dominique Thompson tied her career best with eight blocks, including two solos, while sophomore Haleigh Nelson had a season-high seven stuffs.

In its last six matches, Wisconsin is averaging 3.42 blocks per set while allowing only 1.89 blocks per set. Over the stretch, Nelson is averaging 1.72 blocks per set while Thompson adds 1.41 blocks per set. Senior Courtney Thomas has also turned up her blocking, averaging 1.17 over the last six.

After struggling with its block during the non-conference season, the Badgers have upped their blocking average to 3.00 per set in conference play, which ranks second. UW averaged just 1.82 blocks per set in non-conference matches. Nelson leads the team with 1.55 blocks per set in Big Ten play, which ranks second among league players. Thompson adds 1.27 blocks per set, which ranks fifth, while Thomas chips in 1.06 blocks per set in B1G play, which ranks 14th. Wisconsin is the only school with three players in the top 15. 

In Big Ten play, the Badgers are holding opponents to a .145 hitting percentage, which leads all conference teams. Only three Big Ten opponents have hit better than .200 this season with no foes over .300. Seven teams have hit less than .200 and three teams have been under .100. Wisconsin leads the Big Ten with 16.90 digs per set and ranks second with 3.00 blocks per set in conference play.   

Wisconsin was 16-4 last season through 20 matches before finishing 23-9 for the 2013-14 regular season. The Badgers were also 6-4 halfway through Big Ten play before tying for fourth in the final standings at 12-8.

Wisconsin ranks among the nation’s top-15 teams in four categories in the NCAA statistics, released Oct. 27.

UW ranks fifth in kills (14.67), seventh in assists (13.63), sixth in winning percentage (.900) and 11th in hitting percentage (.283).
Individually, sophomore Lauren Carlini ranks 13th in assists per set at 11.40 while junior Taylor Morey is seventh in digs per set at 5.52.  All National Stats
The Badgers lead the Big Ten with 13.61 assists and 16.63 digs per set while ranking second in kills per set (14.66), second in hitting percentage (.283) and third in opponent hitting percentage (.158). Junior Taylor Morey has a Big Ten-best 5.52 digs per set while sophomore Lauren Carlini leads the conference with 11.40 assists per set. Wisconsin has three of the top hitters in the Big Ten based on hitting percentage. Haleigh Nelson (.397) ranks fourth, Dominique Thompson is seventh (.356) and Courtney Thomas ranks 10th (.344). UW is the only school with three players in the top 10.

In Big Ten-only matches, UW ranks first in opponent hitting percentage (.145) and first in digs (16.90). The Badgers are also second in blocks per set (3.00), second in hitting percentage (.268) and third in assists per set (13.13).  All Big Ten Stats

Junior Taylor Morey broke her own school record for digs in a three-set, 25-point rally scored match with 29 digs against Nebraska on Sunday. The mark also tied her career best.

The 5-5 libero has double figure digs in 19-of-20 matches this season, including nine matches with 20-or-more digs. She leads the Big Ten with 5.52 digs per set this season. The Muncie, Indiana, native also leads in conference-only matches with 5.48 digs per set. Morey is also tied for second on the UW team with 14 service aces or 0.21 per set.

Sophomore Lauren Carlini leads the Badgers with 25 aces (0.37/set), which ranks fourth in the Big Ten. In conference matches, she averages 0.45 aces per set, which ranks second. The 6-2 setter has scored at least one ace in the last three matches.

Junior Taylor Morey has a streak of four-straight matches with one or more aces. The 5-6 libero has upped her season total to 14 aces (0.21/set), which ties for second on the UW team. She scored the match-winning service ace against Nebraska on Sunday.

Senior Courtney Thomas had one of the best all-around matches of her career against Iowa on Oct. 22.

The 6-0 right-side hitter had a match-high 11 kills and 13 digs to record her fifth double-double of the season. She also added six assists and five blocks, tying her season high, while hitting .318.

Thomas also led the Badgers with 10 kills against Nebraska on Sunday, her 10th match of the season in double figures. She just missed a double-double as she recorded nine digs.

On the season, Thomas ranks second on the team with 2.78 kills per set while ranking third with a .344 hitting percentage. She also adds 2.30 digs, 0.66 blocks, 1.12 assists and 0.12 aces per set.

Lauren Carlini, Taylor Morey earn Big Ten honors for No. 4 UW - Wisconsin State Journal
Lauren Carlini, Taylor Morey spark first victory over Nebraska in 36 years - Wisconsin State Journal
All-around effort propels Badgers to victory over Huskers - The Badger Herald
Badgers stake claim to top of Big Ten after sweep of Huskers - The Badger Herald
UW moves into first place with sweep of Huskers - The Daily Cardinal
Could volleyball become revenue sport at UW? - Wisconsin State Journal
Badgers seek ninth straight win as Huskers come to town in anticipated sell out - The Badger Herald
UW sweeps Iowa for 8th straight victory - Wisconsin State Journal
Frontline, defense send UW to victory over Iowa - The Badger Herald
Video, statistical analysis play big role in success - Wisconsin State Journal
Assistant volleyball coach gives up career to pursue passion of coaching - The Badger Herald

Purdue Boilermakers
The Boilermakers are 18-4 and 8-2 in the Big Ten after falling to  No. 10 Illinois, 1-3, on Saturday night. Purdue won its first six conference matches, downing Michigan, 3-2, and Michigan State, 3-1, at home before sweeping Rutgers 3-0 and defeating Maryland 3-1 on the road. Back-to-back wins over Indiana, one 3-0 and the next 3-1, continued the winning streak.

Purdue then fell 2-3 to then-No. 7 Penn State in its only other Big Ten loss. The Boilermakers rebounded with a pair of 3-2 victories over then-No. 22 Ohio State and Northwestern.

Junior Annie Drews, a 6-4 outside hitter, has a team-best 4.06 kills per set, followed by junior Sam Epenesa, a 6-0 outside hitter, who chips in 2.44 kills per set. Sophomore Faye Adelaja, a 6-1 middle blocker, contributes 2.06 kills per set.

Senior Val Nichol, a 6-1 setter and outside hitter, leads the team with 10.69 assists per set, while junior Amanda Neill, a 5-8 defensive specialist, records a team-best 3.69 digs per set.

The Boilermakers put up 2.55 blocks per set, led by 6-1 senior Kierra Jones with 1.11 blocks per set.

Freshman Lydia Dimke, a 6-2 outside hitter, serves a team-best 0.29 aces per set, while Nichol contributes 0.27 aces per set.

vs. Purdue
Wisconsin leads 39-30
In West Lafayette: Purdue leads 18-15. UW hasn’t won in West Lafayette since 2007.
In 2013: Wisconsin won two of three matches played against Purdue, beginning with a 3-0 sweep in Madison before falling 2-3 in West Lafeyette. The Badgers claimed the final meeting 3-1 in Champaign, Ill., in the NCAA Regional final.

Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers are 13-9 and 4-6 in the Big Ten after edging Northwestern, 3-2, on Saturday night. The win snapped a five-match losing streak for Indiana that began with a pair of back-to-back losses to then-No. 14 Purdue. The Hoosiers suffered three straight 0-3 defeats at the hands of then-No. 22 Ohio State, then-No. 7 Penn State, and then-No. 10 Illinois.

Prior to the streak, Indiana began its conference schedule with a 3-1 loss to Michigan State and a 3-2 triumph over Michigan at home before defeating Maryland and Rutgers on the road, 3-1 and 3-0, respectively.

Junior Amelia Anderson, a 6-1 outside hitter, leads the team with 3.07 kills per set, followed by sophomore Taylor Lebo, a 5-9 outside hitter, who puts away 2.76 kills per set. Senior Morgan Leach, a 6-3 right-side hitter, chips in 2.71 kills per set.

Sophomore Megan Tallman, a 5-10 setter, contributes a team-best 10.24 assists per set, while junior Courtney Harnish, a 5-3 defensive specialist, leads the team with 4.23 digs per set. Lebo adds 2.77 digs per set.

The Hoosiers put up 2.07 blocks per set, led by junior Awele Nwaeze, a 6-1 middle blocker, with1.15 blocks per set.
    Indiana also marks 1.36 service aces per set, behind Lebo with 0.48 aces per set.

vs. Indiana
Wisconsin leads 44-24
In Bloomington: Wisconsin leads 18-12
In 2013: Wisconsin defeated Indiana in both meetings between the teams, first with a 3-1 win in Madison before winning 3-1 a second time in Bloomington.

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