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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  W, 3-0
 Nov. 1  at Indiana  W, 3-0
 Nov. 7  at Michigan  W, 3-2
 Nov. 9  at Michigan State  W, 3-0
 Nov. 12  MICHIGAN  6:30 pm
 Nov. 15  at Iowa  7 pm
 Nov. 19  #12 ILLINOIS  7 pm
 Nov. 21  at #17 Ohio State  6 pm
 Nov. 26  at Rutgers  6 pm
 Nov. 28  #16 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 celebrating a win in the UW Field House

The fourth-ranked Badgers (22-2 overall, 13-1 Big Ten) split in action this week with one home match and one road match. Wisconsin hosts Michigan (11-13, 6-8) on Wednesday live on the Big Ten Network at 6:30 p.m. UW travels to Iowa (13-12, 5-9) on Saturday for a 7 p.m. match from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

 Match 25 | MICHIGAN
 Date  Wednesday, Nov. 12  | 6:30 p.m.
 Location   UW Field House  |  Madison, Wis.
 Mobile App  Badger Gameday
 TV  Big Ten Network or BTN2Go
 Live Stats  Gametracker
 Radio  The Mic 92.1 or iHeartRadio app
 Gameday Live
 Social Media  @BadgerVB TwitterFacebook

 Match 26 | at Iowa
 Date  Saturday, Nov. 15  |  7 p.m.
 Location   Carver-Hawkeye Arena | Iowa City, IA
 Mobile App  Badger Gameday
 Live Video
 BTN Plus
 Live Stats  Gametracker
 Radio  The Mic 92.1 or iHeartRadio app
 Blog  Gameday Live
 Social Media  @BadgerVB TwitterFacebook

Wisconsin extended its Big Ten winning streak to 13 matches with two wins last week. The Badgers edged Michigan 3-2 on Friday before sweeping Michigan on Sunday. It is currently the longest winning streak in the Big Ten.

It is also UW’s longest stretch of Big Ten matches won since 1997, when the Badgers won a school record 16 consecutive conference matches.

UW’s set winning streak came to an end at Michigan on Friday night with its second-set loss. The Badgers won 26 straight sets, dating back to Oct. 4 when they dropped their third set at Illinois.

Wisconsin won a school record 27 straight conference sets in 2001 while the overall set-winning streak is 33 sets in 2000.

uw remains FOURTH in coaches' poll
For the third straight week, Wisconsin remains fourth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 poll released Nov. 10.

Stanford (24-0) is ranked first for the ninth-straight week. The Cardinal pick up 54 of 60 first-place votes and earn 1,493 points. Washington (25-0) and Florida State (24-0) are second and third, respectively. Texas (18-1) rounds out the top five.

The Big Ten has six teams in the top 25 as Penn State (24-3) remains sixth while Nebraska (16-7) moves up two spots to 11th. Illinois (19-6) drops three places to 12th while Purdue (19-7) falls four spots to 16th. Ohio State (18-8) moves up one spot to 17th. 
AVCA National Poll

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BADGERS continue to lead big ten
The Badgers continue to lead the Big Ten, tallying a 13-1 record. Penn State is a match behind at 12-2.  Big Ten standings

For the third straight week, the Badgers rank fifth in the NCAA RPI. 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 (24-0) leads the list followed by Florida State (24-0), Washington (25-0) and Texas (18-1), respectively.

Illinois (19-6) is the second B1G team in the ranking, coming in at ninth. Penn State (24-3) drops one spot to 10th while Nebraska (16-7) moves up to 11th. Ohio State (18-8) is ranked 25th.  Complete NCAA RPI

Michigan State became the first team to hit better than .300 against Wisconsin this season. The Spartans hit .330 (45 kills - 12 errors - 100 attempts). The Badgers recorded a Big Ten-season low five blocks at Michigan State on Sunday. It was also UW’s third-lowest blocking total of the season.

MSU’s hitting upped Wisconsin’s opponent hitting percentage to .161 in Big Ten matches, which ranks second in the league. Six Big Ten opponents have hit better than .200 this season. Eight teams have hit less than .200 and four teams have been under .100.

Wisconsin continues to lead the Big Ten with 15.69 digs per set while it dropped to second with 2.99 blocks per set in conference play. 

The Badgers are 7-0 in Big Ten road matches this season. Wisconsin has picked up wins at No. 13 Purdue, No. 16 Illinois, No. 23 Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State. UW has lost only three sets on the road in conference play this season. UW’s best conference road record is 9-1 marks in 1997, 2001 and 2007.

Wisconsin is also 9-1 (.900) at home this season, their best home mark since going 14-1 (.933) in 2001. The Badgers’ only home loss this season came against then-No. 3 Penn State on Sept. 24. UW has won eight matches at home by 3-0 scores and one match by a 3-1 tally.

Wisconsin has equal to or more blocks its last 10 opponents. The Badgers have an advantage of nearly six blocks per match (10.3 - 4.9) over the stretch, tallying 103 blocks while opponents have totaled 49.5 blocks. In its last 10 matches, UW is averaging 3.22 blocks per set while allowing only 1.55 blocks per set.

Over the stretch, senior Dominique Thompson and sophomore Haleigh Nelson lead the team with 1.45 blocks per set. Senior Courtney Thomas adds 1.06 blocks per set while sophomore Lauren Carlini chips in 0.88 blocks per set.

After struggling with its block during the non-conference season, the Badgers have upped their blocking average to 2.99 per set in conference play. UW averaged just 1.82 blocks per set in non-conference matches.. 

The Badgers won their 13th Big Ten match on Sunday at Michigan State, surpassing last season’s conference win total of 12 (12-8). Wisconsin also needs just one more win to equal last year’s regular season win total (23-9). 

Wisconsin has hit better than .300 in 12 matches this season. UW is hitting .287 as a team, which ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth nationally. The Badgers hit a season-high .396 at Northwestern on Oct. 1.

UW has three of the top hitters based on hitting percentage in the Big Ten. Sophomore Haleigh Nelson ranks second at .389 while senior Dominique Thompson is seventh at .356. Senior Courtney Thomas is 10th at .333. Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team with three players ranked in the top 10.

The Badgers have hit below .300 in 11 matches and below .200 in just three matches.  

UW has one of the most balanced offenses in the country with all five starting hitters averaging 2.2 or more kills per set. Senior Ellen Chapman leads the team with 3.05 kills per set while freshman Kelli Bates chips in 2.80 kills per set. Senior Courtney Thomas adds 2.62 kills per set while middle blockers Dominique Thompson (2.33) and Haleigh Nelson (2.29) are also offensive threats..

Wisconsin ranks among the nation’s top-10 teams in four categories in the NCAA statistics, released Nov. 10. UW ranks sixth in hitting percentage (.287), sixth in winning percentage (.917), eighth in kills per set (14.49) and eighth in assists per set (13.49).

Individually, sophomore Lauren Carlini ranks 15th in assists per set at 11.36 while junior Taylor Morey is 26th in digs per set at 5.15. All National Stats
The Badgers lead the Big Ten with 13.48 assists and 16.00 digs per set while ranking second in hitting percentage (.287), in opponent hitting percentage (.165) and kills per set (14.48). Junior Taylor Morey has a Big Ten-best 5.15 digs per set while sophomore Haleigh Nelson ranks second in hitting percentage at .389. Wisconsin has three of the top hitters based on hitting percentage in the Big Ten. In addition to Nelson, senior Dominique Thompson is seventh at .346 and senior Courtney Thomas is 10th at .333. Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team with three players ranked in the top 10.

In Big Ten-only matches, UW ranks first in digs (15.69). The Badgers are also second in hitting percentage (.280), opponent hitting percentage (.161) and blocks (2.99).  All Big Ten Stats

Senior Ellen Chapman has moved into sixth on the UW career list for kills. The 6-4 outside hitter has 1,379 kills in her fourth season. She needs 28 kills to move into the top five. Kelly Kennedy (1996-99) currently ranks fifth with 1,406 kills.

Chapman also ranks third in total attack attempts (4,033), sixth in attack attempts per set (9.06), sixth in double-figure kill matches (73) and ninth in total points (1,551.0). She needs to play in just five sets and three matches to move into the top 10 for career sets and matches played.

Senior Dominique Thompson ranks fifth in career hitting percentage at .299. The 5-11 middle blocker also moved into the top 10 for block assists. She has 348 assisted blocks.

Ellen Chapman, Kelli Bates spark sweep of Michigan State - Wisconsin State Journal

Set streak ends but win streak hits 12 - Wisconsin State Journal
Volleyball heads to Michigan for weekend series - The Badger Herald
Yanz plays key behind the scenes role for UW volleyball - The Badger Herald
UW volleyball's Caroline Workman to miss rest of season - The Badger Herald

Michigan Wolverines
The Wolverines are 11-13 and 6-8 in the Big Ten after sweeping Minnesota at home last Saturday. Prior to the win, the Wolverines had lost five straight matches, beginning with 3-0 losses at then-No. 7 Penn State and then-No. 20 Ohio State on the road. Michigan then fell 3-1 to Northwestern before battling to 3-2 losses against then-No. 10 Illinois and No. 4 Wisconsin. The Wolverines had previously won four straight Big Ten matches with straight-set wins over Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers and Maryland.   

Sophomore Abby Cole, a 6-5 middle blocker, leads the team with 3.64 kills per set while hitting .384. Freshman Adeja Lambert, a 6-2 outside hitter, chips in 2.72 kills per set while freshman Caroline Knop, a 5-8 outside hitter, adds 2.64 kills per set.

Senior Lexi Dannemiller, a 5-11 setter, contributes a team-best 11.53 assists per set and serves a team-high 0.21 aces per set, while Cole leads the team with 0.93 blocks per set.

The Wolverines put up 14.56 digs per set, led by junior Tiffany Morales, a 5-6 libero, with 3.82 digs per set. Knop adds 2.46 digs per set.

vs. Michigan
Wisconsin leads 48-19
In Madison: Wisconsin leads 27-4
Last time out: The Badgers topped the Wolverines 3-2 in a nail-biter at Ann Arbor on Nov. 7.

Iowa Hawkeyes
The Hawkeyes are 13-12 and 5-9 in the Big Ten after winning their last four matches. Iowa swept Maryland and defeated Rutgers 3-1 on the road before downing Indiana 3-2 and then-No. 12 Purdue 3-1 at home last week.

Sophomore Lauren Brobst, a 6-1 middle blocker and outside hitter, and senior Alex Lovell, a 5-11 outside hitter, each tally a team-best 2.83 kills per set. Freshman Jess Janota, a 6-3 middle blocker, contributes 2.29 kills per set.

The Hawkeyes run a 6-2 offense with freshman Kaylee Smith, a 5-11 setter, putting up 5.84 assists per set while sophomore Alyssa Klostermann, a 5-10 setter, contributes 5.45 assists per set.

Junior Mikaela Gunderson, a 6-0 middle blocker, leads the team with 1.08 blocks per set, while senior Emily Yanny, a 6-2 middle blocker, chips in 1.00 blocks per set.

Iowa records 1.24 service aces per set, behind senior Alessandra Dietz, a 6-1 middle blocker, with 0.30 aces per set and Klostermann with 0.29 aces per set.

vs. Iowa
Wisconsin leads 49-20-1
In Iowa City: Wisconsin leads 21-11
Last time out: Wisconsin swept the Hawkeyes 3-0 at the UW Field House on Oct. 22.

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