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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  7 pm
 Oct. 4  at #16 Illinois  7 pm
 Oct. 10  RUTGERS  7 pm
 Oct. 12  MARYLAND  1 pm
 Oct. 15  at #18 Minnesota  6 pm
 Oct. 18  #18 MINNESOTA  7 pm
 Oct. 22  IOWA  7 pm
 Oct. 26  #8 NEBRASKA  4 pm
 Oct. 29  at #15 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  #16 ILLINOIS  7 pm
 Nov. 21  at Ohio State  6 pm
 Nov. 26  at Rutgers  6 pm
 Nov. 28  #15 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

Thomas and Morey were presented with balls representing 1,000 career digs.

The sixth-ranked Badgers (10-2 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) take to the road for the first time in Big Ten play this week. Wisconsin travels to Northwestern (12-1, 2-0) on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match from Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois.

Wisconsin plays its fifth ranked team of the season on Saturday, traveling to No. 16 Illinois (10-3, 2-0) for a 7 p.m. match from Huff Hall in Champaign, Illinois.

 Match 13 | at Northwestern
 Date  Wednesday, Oct. 1  | 7 p.m.
 Location   Welsh-Ryan Arena  |  Evanston, Ill.
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 Match 14 | at No. 16 Illinois
 Date  Saturday, Oct. 4  |  7 p.m.
 Location   Huff Hall |  Champaign, Ill.
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The Badgers went 1-1 in their first week of Big Ten play, falling to No. 3 Penn State 3-0 on Sept. 24 before bouncing back with a 3-0 win over Ohio State on Sunday.

Wisconsin wrapped up a three-match stretch against top-10 teams with a 1-2 record. The Badgers downed No. 10 USC on Sept. 18 before losing at No. 5 Washington on Sept. 19 and against No. 3 Penn State on Sept. 24.

The Badgers are one of only two teams (Stanford is the other) to play three straight top-10 opponents.  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.

UW has the 10th toughest schedule this season, according to an NCAA list, based on the current record of teams it has already competed against.

 Schedule Strength based on Record vs.        Past Competition
 Rk.  Team  Conf.  W  L  Pct.
 1.  Nebraska  Big Ten  97  32  .752
 2.  USC  Pac-12  111  40  .735
 3.  Stanford  Pac-12  104  42  .712
 4.  Michigan  Big Ten  113  47  .706
 5.  LSU  SEC  92  39  .702
 6.  Florida  SEC  93  45  .674
 7.  Florida State  ACC  93  46  .669
 8.  Portland St.  Big Sky  117  58  .669
 9.  Iowa State  Big 12  96  49  .662
 10.  Wisconsin  Big Ten  102  53  .658

Volleyball Notes

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The loss to Penn State snapped the Badgers’ six-match home winning streak. Wisconsin ended the 2013 season with three straight wins and opened 2014 3-0 at home.

The last time the Badgers lost in the Field House was on Nov. 15, 2013, when UW was swept by then-No. 2 Penn State. Wisconsin got back on the winning track on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Ohio State. The Badgers are tied for sixth in the Big Ten standings with a 1-1 record after the first weekend. Big Ten standings

morey's defense back on track
After recording only nine digs vs. Penn State on Sept. 24, junior Taylor Morey recorded a match-high 22 digs vs. Ohio State on Sunday.

A two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week this season, Morey has recorded double-figure digs in 11 of 12 matches this season, including six matches with 20-or-more digs, to lead all Big Ten players with 5.50 digs per set. She set her career high of 29 digs twice, recording match highs vs. No. 10 USC on Sept. 18 and at No. 5 Washington on Sept. 19.

Morey picked up her 1,000th career dig against Ball State on Sept. 13. She had 471 digs as a freshman at Notre Dame and has 618 in her second season at Wisconsin to bring her career total to 1,089 saves. 

Senior Dominique Thompson leads the Badgers with a .381 attack percentage. The 5-11 middle blocker has hit better than .300 in her last seven matches, recording double-figure kills in four. Thompson hit a match-best .391 (10 kills - 1 error - 23 attempts) vs. Ohio State on Sunday.

On the season, she ranks ninth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage at .381.  Thompson averages 2.39 kills per set and leads the Badgers with 0.98 blocks per set.

Sophomore Lauren Carlini shares the Big Ten lead with seven double-doubles on the year with all coming in assists and digs. The 6-2 setter had a team-high 23 double doubles as a freshman and upped her career total to 30 double-doubles, which ranks ninth on the UW career list.

Senior Courtney Thomas picked up her third double-double of the season vs. Ohio State on Sunday with 11 kills and 10 digs. Thomas has 45 double-doubles in her career, which ranks second all-time. She needs just five double-statistic performances to surpass current record holder, Janelle Gabrielsen.

Freshman Kelli Bates has two double-doubles this year.

The Badgers rank second among all NCAA teams with 15.10 kills per set and third with 13.86 assists per set. UW is also 15th in hitting percentage at .282. Individually, Lauren Carlini is third with 11.90 assists per set while Taylor Morey is ninth with 5.50 digs per set. All National Stats
The Badgers lead the Big Ten with 15.10 kills, 13.86 assists and 16.62 digs per set while ranking fourth in hitting percentage at .282. Sophomore Lauren Carlini leads the league with 11.90 assists per set while junior Taylor Morey has a Big Ten-best 5.50 digs per set. All Big Ten Stats

Wisconsin dropped one spot to sixth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 poll released Sept. 29.

Stanford (12-0) remains in first place for the third-straight week. The Cardinal pick up 55 of 60 first-place votes and earn 1,495 points. Texas (9-0), Penn State (14-1) and Washington (13-0) remain second, third and fourth, respectively. Florida State (13-0) moves up one spot to fifth.

The Big Ten has six teams in the top 20 as Nebraska (8-3) comes in at eighth. Purdue (12-2) and Illinois (10-3) are 15th and 16th, respectively, while Minnesota (11-2) drops one spot to 18th. Northwestern (12-1) is the second team in the receiving votes category.. AVCA National Poll

Senior Courtney Thomas reached 1,000 career digs vs. USC on Sept. 18. The 6-0 outside hitter has 2,126 assists and 1,042 digs in her career, becoming just the third Badger to go over 2,000 career assists and 1,000 career digs. She ranks ninth in career assists and 11th in career digs. Thomas has 45 double-doubles for her career, which ranks second.

Senior Ellen Chapman ranks eighth in career kills with 1,276. The 6-4 outside hitter needs just 38 kills to move into seventh. She also ranks 10th in kills per set with 3.14 and fourth in total attack attempts with 3,715. Chapman ranks 18th nationally among active players in career kills.

Sophomore Lauren Carlini needs just 38 assists for 2,000 in her career, which will rank 10th all-time at Wisconsin. She currently ranks fifth with 11.33 assists per set. Carlini has 30 double-doubles in her career, which ranks her ninth all time.

Senior Dominique Thompson ranks fifth in career hitting percentage at .295.

Wisconsin drew a sell-out crowd of 6,012 vs. Penn State on Sept. 24 to up its season attendance average to 4,303 fans per match, which ranks third nationally and second in the Big Ten.

Nebraska leads the conference and the nation with 8,361 spectators per match while Hawai’i is second at 6,432 per match. Minnesota (2,956 per match), Illinois (2,898), Purdue (2,578) and Penn State (2,539) all rank in the top 10. 

Four Badgers are counting down to career milestones.
  • Kelli Bates will reach 100 digs with two saves.
  • Lauren Carlini needs 28 assists for 2,000 helpers in her second season.
  • Ellen Chapman is counting down to 1,300 career kills, needing 24 putaways.
  • Taylor Morey need 11 digs for 1,100 in her career..

No. 5 UW bounces back, dominates Buckeyes - Wisconsin State Journal
Offense responds in a big way against OSU - The Badger Herald
Volleyball ends 2-game skid with sweep of Buckeyes - The Badger Herald
No. 3 Penn State sweeps in front of big crowd in UW Field House - Wisconsin State Journal
Middle blocker Thompson leads defensive attack for UW volleyball - The Badger Herald
PSU puzzles UW offense, shuts down Thomas in victory over Badgers - The Badger Herald
Wisconsin swept by Nittany Lions in top-five matchup - The Badger Herald
UW set for showdown with Penn State - Wisconsin State Journal
Big Ten opener with Penn State pits top-5 teams in national championship rematch - Wisconsin State Journal

The Wildcats are 12-1 and 2-1 in the Big Ten after winning a five-set match against Maryland on Saturday. NU has won its last seven matches, including 3-0 sweeps of Green Bay and Rutgers last week. The Wildcats’ suffered their only loss 3-0 to San Diego at the USD-SDSU 2014 Challenge on Sept. 6.

NU began the season with five straight wins, defeating Colorado, Presbyterian and Northern Illinois at the NIU Invitational before putting down California State Fullerton 3-1 and Brown 3-0 in the first two matches of the USD-SDSU Challenge.

Senior Yewande Akanbi, a 5-10 outside hitter, has a team-best 3.32 kills per set, followed by freshman Symone Abbott, a 6-1 outside hitter, who adds 3.23 kills per set and sophomore Kayla Morin, a 6-2 outside hitter, who chips in 2.72 kills per set.

Freshman Taylor Tashima, a 6-0 setter and the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week, puts up a team-best 10.69 assists per set, while junior Caroline Niedospial, a 5-7 libero, leads the team with 4.53 digs per set.

The Wildcats put up 2.52 blocks per set, led by sophomore Maddie Slater, a 6-3 middle blocker, with 1.11 blocks per set.

vs. Northwestern
Wisconsin leads 48-29
In Evanston: Wisconsin leads 22-12
In 2013: The Badgers won 3-0 in Evanston on Nov. 30 in the only meeting between the teams last season

The 16th-ranked Fighting Illini are 10-3 and 2-0 in the Big Ten after sweeping both Maryland and Rutgers 3-0 last weekend. IU has won six straight, following victories against Creighton, Colorado and South Dakota in the Creighton Classic.

Illinois claimed its first three wins of the season at its own invitational, defeating Long Beach State, Southern Illinois and North Carolina, each 3-0. The Fighting Illini then dropped both matches at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, falling 3-0 to UCLA and 3-2 to Stanford. IU recorded its third loss against Virginia Tech at the Blue Raider Bash, where the team claimed wins against Middle Tennessee State and Washington State to start its win streak.

Junior Jocelynn Birks, a 6-2 outside hitter, has a team-best 3.87 kills per set, followed by senior Liz McMahon, a 6-6 opposite hitter, who adds 3.18 kills per set.

The Illini run a 6-2 offense with junior Alexis Viliunas, a 6-1 setter, putting up a team-best 5.96 assists per set, followed closely by sophomore Allison Palmer, a 5-9 setter, who chips in 5.64 assists per set.

Freshman Brandi Donnelly, a 5-8 defensive specialist, leads the team with 4.27 digs per set, while sophomore Katie Stadick, a 6-3 middle blocker, marks a team-high 1.24 blocks per set.

vs. Illinois
Illinois leads 47-31-1
In Champaign: Illinois leads 22-12
In 2013: The Badgers lost 1-4 in Madison on Oct. 27 in the only meeting between the teams last season.

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