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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  7 pm
 Oct. 26  #14 NEBRASKA  4 pm
 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 #20 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

Carlini, Lauren sets the ball

The fifth-ranked Badgers (16-2 overall, 7-1 Big Ten) wrap up the first half of Big Ten play by hosting Iowa (9-10, 1-7) and No. 14 Nebraska (11-6, 5-3) this week. Wisconsin takes on the Hawkeyes on Wednesday at 7 p.m., while the Huskers come to town for an ESPN2 match on Sunday at 4 p.m.


Wednesday, October 22 vs. Iowa 7 p.m.

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Sunday, October 26 vs. Nebraska 4 p.m.

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 Match 19 | IOWA
 Date  Wednesday, Oct. 22  | 7 p.m.
 Location   UW Field House  |  Madison, Wis.
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 Match 20 | NO. 14 NEBRASKA
 Date  Sunday, Oct. 26  |  4 p.m.
 Location   UW Field House  |  Madison, Wis.
 Mobile App  Badger Gameday
 TV  ESPN2 or Watch ESPN Small Video Graphic
 Live Stats  Gametracker
 Radio  The Mic 92.1 or iHeartRadio app
 Blog  Gameday Live
 Social Media  @BadgerVB TwitterFacebook

b1g win streak at SEVEN
Wisconsin extended its Big Ten winning streak to seven matches with two 3-0 win over No. 23 Minnesota 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 claimed 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.

set winning streak at 13
UW has won its last four matches by 3-0 scores to extend its set-winning streak to 13. The Badgers haven’t lost a set since dropping the third set at Illinois on Oct. 4.

Wisconsin won 14-straight sets in Big Ten play in 2006 and a school record 27 straight conference sets in 2001. 

badgers claim border battle
The Badgers claimed all 40 points in the 2014-15 Border Battle with the two wins over Minnesota last week.

The Border Battle is an all-sport contest between the athletic departments of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Golden Gophers won the 2013-14 battle 440-240 to claim their sixth title. The Badgers have won the contest four times.

Wisconsin’s win on Oct. 15 was its first victory in Minneapolis since 2007. The Badgers also won both matches in a season against Minnesota for the first time since 2007. Those two wins were also 3-0 sweeps.

uw REMAINS fifth in coaches' poll
Wisconsin is ranked fifth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 poll released Oct. 20. Stanford (18-0) is ranked first for the sixth-straight week. The Cardinal pick up 55 of 60 first-place votes and earn 1,495 points. Texas (14-0) stays at second while Washington (19-0) and Florida State (19-0) remain at third and fourth, respectively.

The Big Ten has seven teams in the top 25 as Penn State (18-3) stays at seventh while Illinois (14-5) jumps up five spots to 10th. Purdue (17-3) and Nebraska (11-6) are 13th and 14th, respectively. Ohio State (14-6) moves up two spots to 20th while Minnesota (13-6) falls two spots to 25th.
AVCA National Poll

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The Badgers share the Big Ten lead at 7-1 with Purdue. Penn State and Illinois are a game behind in third place at 6-2.    Big Ten standings

The Badgers moved up one spot to fifth in the NCAA RPI, released Oct. 20. 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 (18-0) leads the list followed by Florida State (19-0), Texas (14-0), and Washington (19-0), respectively.

Penn State (18-3) is the second B1G team in the ranking, coming in at 10th. Nebraska (11-6) and Illinois (14-5) are 11th and 12th, respectively while Ohio State (14-6) is ranked 22nd.  Complete NCAA RPI

Wisconsin has three sell-out crowds in the UW Field House this season, drawing 6,012 fans vs. Penn State on Sept. 24, vs. Maryland on Oct. 12 and vs. Minnesota on Saturday. Those marks tie for 16th on UW’s all-time attendance list. The sell outs have upped UW’s season attendance average to 4,5768 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 6,052 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.

UW outblocked Minnesota, the top blocking team in the Big Ten 9.5 - 6.5 on Oct. 15 and 9.0 - 5.0 on Saturday. Sophomore Haleigh Nelson led all players with a match-high six stops in both contests, tying her season best, to average 2.0 blocks per set on the week.

After struggling with its block during the non-conference season, the Badgers have upped their blocking average to 2.80 per set in Big Ten play. UW averaged just 1.82 blocks per set in non-conference matches. Nelson leads the team with 1.52 blocks per set in Big Ten play, which ranks second. Senior Dominique Thompson adds 1.08 blocks per set and senior Courtney Thomas chips in 1.04 blocks per set in B1G play. In all matches, Nelson averages a team-best 1.15 blocks per set while Thompson chips in 1.00 blocks per set. 

The Badgers are holding opponents to a .160 hitting percentage, which ranks third in the Big Ten. Minnesota hit just .017 (28 kills – 26 errors -115 attempts) on Saturday, a season low for a Badger opponent this year.

Only five opponents have hit better than .200 this season with no foes over .300. Thirteen teams have hit less than .200 and four teams have been under .100. Wisconsin ranks first in the Big Ten with 16.64 digs per set and 10th with 2.22 blocks per set.   

Junior Taylor Morey was named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after tallying back-to-back 20-plus dig matches against the Golden Gophers last week. She picks up her third defensive honor of the season.

The 5-5 libero had a match-high 24 digs at Minnesota and tied her career high with two service aces. She added 20 digs vs. Minnesota on Saturday, tallying another service ace. Morey averaged 7.33 digs and 0.50 service aces per set on the week. She was also perfect on serve receive, passing all 25 attempts perfectly.

Morey has double figure digs in 17 matches this season, including eight matches with 20-or-more digs. She leads the Big Ten with 5.43 digs per set this season. The Muncie, Indiana, native also leads in conference-only matches with 5.24 digs per set. Morey also ranks third on the UW team with 12 service aces or 0.20 per set.

Wisconsin ranks among the nation’s top-15 teams in three categories in the NCAA statistics, released Oct. 16. UW ranks second in kills (14.86), sixth in assists (13.74) and 10th in hitting percentage (.289).

Individually, sophomore Lauren Carlini ranks seventh in assists per set at 11.53 while junior Taylor Morey is 11th in digs per set at 5.36.  All National Stats
The Badgers lead the Big Ten with 14.72 kills, 13.64 assists and 16.64 digs per set while ranking third in hitting percentage at .286 and third in opponent hitting percentage at .160.

Sophomore Lauren Carlini leads the league with 11.43 assists per set while junior Taylor Morey has a Big Ten-best 5.43 digs per set. Wisconsin has three of the top hitters in the Big Ten based on hitting percentage. Haleigh Nelson (.388) ranks fifth, Dominique Thompson is sixth (.364) and Courtney Thomas ranks ninth (.350). UW is the only school with three players in the top 10.

In Big Ten-only matches, UW is first in digs (17.00) and first in opponent hitting percentage (.146). The Badgers are also third in hitting percentage at .277 and fourth in blocks with 2.80 per set.  All Big Ten Stats

Sophomore Lauren Carlini leads the Big Ten with 11 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 has upped her career total to 34 double-doubles, which ties for fifth on the UW career list.

Senior Courtney Thomas picked up her fourth double-double of the season at Illinois on Oct. 4 with 10 kills and 13 digs. Thomas has 46 double-doubles in her career, which ranks third all-time. She needs just four double-statistic performances to surpass Janelle Gabrielsen, who ranks second with 49 double-doubles.

Freshman Kelli Bates has two double-doubles this year.

Senior Ellen Chapman moved into seventh at UW for career kills with 12 putaways at Minnesota on Wednesday. The 6-4 outside hitter has 1,324 kills in her fourth season. She needs 54 kills to move into sixth, currently held by Heather Dodaro (1994-97) with 1,377 kills. Chapman also moved into third for attack attempts with 3,868. Chapman ranks 18th nationally among active players in career kills.

Senior Courtney Thomas reached 1,000 career digs vs. USC on Sept. 18. The 6-0 outside hitter has 2,153 assists and 1,088 digs in her career, becoming just the third Badger to go over 2,000 career assists and 1,000 career digs. Thomas ranks 10th in career assists and 11th in career digs, needing 18 digs to move into 10th, currently held by Margie Kaminski (1984-87) with 1,105 saves. Thomas has 46 double-doubles for her career, which ranks third.

Sophomore Lauren Carlini reached 2,000 career assists at Northwestern on Oct. 1. She has upped her career total to 2,170 assists, which ranks ninth and needs 309 helpers to move into eighth, currently held by Susan Temple (1986-89) with 2,478 assists. Carlini currently ranks fifth with 11.25 assists per set and has 34 double-doubles in her career, which ties for fifth all time.

Senior Dominique Thompson ranks fifth in career hitting percentage at .298.

Six Badgers are counting down to career milestones.
  • Deme Morales needs eight kills for 500 in her career.
  • Taylor Morey will pick up her 1,200 career dig with 11 saves.
  • Haleigh Nelson will reach 400 career kills with nine putaways.
  • Courtney Thomas needs 12 digs for 1,100 in her fourth season.
  • Dominique Thompson will play in her 400th set in three games.
  • Caroline Workman will reach 400 career digs with 18 saves.

UW at No. 5 in new coaches poll and RPI rankings - Wisconsin State Journal
Another packed house as winning streak reaches seven - Wisconsin State Journal
Badgers defense stifles Gophers in seventh straight win - The Badger Herald
Wisconsin sweeps Minnesot at home and away - The Daily Cardinal
UW sweeps Gophers for second time in four days - The Badger Herald
Annemarie Hickey transitioning from court to bench - Wisconsin State Journal
Volleyball's talented backline fuels offensive attack - The Badger Herald

Iowa Hawkeyes
The Hawkeyes are 9-10 and 1-7 in the Big Ten after defeating Northwestern 3-2 Saturday to mark their first conference victory. Iowa dropped its first six conference matches in straight sets, beginning with two losses to then-No. 8 Nebraska. The Hawkeyes are improving as they took No. 15 Illinois to five sets on Oct. 15.

Senior Alex Lovell, a 5-11 outside hitter, leads the team with 3.08 kills per set, followed by sophomore Lauren Brobst, a 6-1 middle blocker/outside hitter, who adds 2.71 kills per set. The Hawkeyes run a 6-2 offense, as sophomore Alyssa Klostermann, a 5-10 setter, puts up a team-best 5.87 assists per set, followed closely by 5-11 freshman Kaylee Smith, who chips in 5.86 assists per set.

Junior Mikaela Gunderson, a 6-0 middle blocker and right hitter, marks a team-best 0.98 blocks per set while senior Alessandra Dietz, a 6-1 middle blocker, add 0.81 blocks per set. Dietz hits a team-best .324. Freshman Michelle Fugarino, a 5-5 libero, leads the Hawkeyes with 4.00 digs per set.

vs. Iowa
Wisconsin leads 48-20-1
In Madison: Wisconsin leads 25-9-1
The Series: The Badgers have won eight straight over the Hawkeyes
In 2013: Wisconsin won both matches last season, a 3-1 win in Iowa City and a 3-0 win in Madison.

Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Huskers are 11-6 and 5-3 in the Big Ten after sweeping Northwestern 3-0 and falling 3-1 to then-No. 15 Illinois last week at home. Nebraska opened Big Ten play with two wins over Iowa, followed by a 3-1 victory over then-No. 3 Penn State. The Huskers then fell 3-2 to Ohio State at home, before defeating Michigan State 3-1 and dropping a 0-3 decision at Michigan.

Sophomore Kadie Rolfzen, a 6-3 outside hitter, has a team-best 3.49 kills per set, followed by junior Alicia Ostrander, a 6-3 outside hitter, who chips in 3.12 kills per set. Junior Kelsey Fien, a 6-3 outside hitter, contributes 2.70 kills per set. Senior Mary Pollmiller, a 5-10 setter, leads the team with 10.20 assists per set, while sophomore Justine Wong-Orantes, a 5-6 libero, records a team-best 3.92 digs per set.

The Huskers put up 2.89 blocks per set, behind 6-2 middle blocker Meghan Haggerty with 1.28 blocks per set and 6-3 middle blocker Cecilia Hall with 1.10 blocks per set. Freshman Annika Albrecht, a 6-0 outside hitter, serves a team-best 0.28 aces per set.

vs. Nebraska
Nebraska leads 17-1-1
In Madison: Nebraska leads 4-0-1
The Streak: The Huskers have won 17 straight over the Badgers
In 2013: Nebraska won both matches over Wisconsin, a 3-2 win in Lincoln and a 3-1 win in Madison.

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