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This Week in Volleyball

 Aug. 28  W. KENTUCKY  L, 1-3
 Aug. 29  COLGATE W, 3-0
 Aug. 29  COLL OF CHARLESTON  W, 3-0
 Sept. 4   vs. North Carolina  3:30 pm
 Sept. 5  at Louisville  6 pm
 Sept. 10  GEORGIA 7 pm
 Sept. 11  KENT STATE  7:30 pm
 Sept. 18  vs. Kansas State 3:30 pm
 Sept. 19  at Creighton  1 pm
 Sept. 19  vs. Arkansas   8 pm
 Sept. 23  at Penn State
  6 pm
 Sept. 27  at Ohio State  6 pm
 Sept. 30  ILLINOIS  7 pm
 Oct. 4  NORTHWESTERN  1 pm
 Oct. 9
 at Rutgers
 6 pm
 Oct. 10  at Maryland  6 pm
 Oct. 14  MINNESOTA  7 pm
Oct. 17  at Minnesota
 7 pm
 Oct. 23  at Iowa  7 pm
 Oct. 24  at Nebraska
 7 pm
 Oct. 30  PURDUE  7 pm
 Nov. 1  INDIANA  7 pm
 Nov. 6  MICHIGAN  7 pm
 Nov. 11  at Michigan  6 pm
 Nov. 14  IOWA  7 pm
 Nov. 18  at Illinois  7 pm
 Nov. 22  OHIO STATE  7 pm
 Nov. 25  RUTGERS  7 pm
 Nov. 28  at Purdue  6 pm
 Dec. 4  NCAA First Round  TBA
 Dec. 5 NCAA Second Round  TBA
 Dec. 11  NCAA Regional  TBA
 Dec. 12  NCAA Regional  TBA
 Dec. 17  NCAA Semifinals  TBA
 Dec. 19  NCAA Championship  TBA
2015 Schedule

1 Lauren Carlini JR S
2 Romana Kriskova JR OH
3 Lauryn Gillis SO OH
4 Kelli Bates SO OH
5 Maddie Smith FR OH/DS
6 Taylor Morey SR L
7 Amber MacDonald FR DS
9 Hannah Juley FR S
10 Tori Blake JR MB
11 Tionna Williams FR MB
12 Julia Saunders FR OH
13 Haleigh Nelson JR MB
14 Madison Duello FR OH
15 Jordan Robbins SO S
Complete Roster

UW Field House with 2014 Big Ten banner

The No. 13 Badgers (2-1) take to the road for the first time this season and face their first ranked opponent. Wisconsin competes in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The Badgers face No. 18 North Carolina (1-2) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Louisville (2-1) on Saturday at 6 p.m. 

 Matches 4-5 | at ACC/Big Ten Challenge
 Date  Sept. 4 - 3:30 pm  | Sept. 5 - 6 pm
 Location   KFC Yum! Center | Louisville, Ky.
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last week
Wisconsin opened the 2015 season with a second-place finish at its own HotelRED Invitational last weekend. UW dropped its season-opening match to Western Kentucky (3-1) before sweeping Colgate (3-0) and Charleston (3-0).

The Badgers dropped to 28-14 all-time in season openers, including an 11-7 mark at home, after losing to Western Kentucky on Friday. Wisconsin had won its last five season openers, dating back to 2009.

Following its season-opening loss to now-No. 20 Western Kentucky, the Badgers dropped eight spots to 13th in the first regular-season AVCA Coaches Top-25 poll released Monday.

Two-time reigning NCAA champion Penn State (3-0) continues to lead the poll while 2014 national semifinalists Stanford (2-0) and Texas (3-0) rank second and third, respectively. Florida (2-0) and Nebraska (3-0) are tied for fourth.

Illinois (3-0) moves up two spots to sixth with Wisconsin being the next Big Ten team in the poll. Michigan State (2-1) remains 19th while Ohio State (2-1) falls eight spots to 22nd. Purdue (3-0) moves into the top 25 for the first time this season at No. 24.  Complete poll

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Sophomore transfer Lauryn Gillis and junior Haleigh Nelson were named to the HotelRED Invitational All-Tournament team. Gillis picks up her first all-tournament honor while Nelson second career honors.

Gillis, a 6-1 outside hitter, led the Badgers in kills in all three matches, averaging 4.0 putaways on the weekend. The New Castle, Indiana, native had a match-high 14 kills against Western Kentucky on Friday and a career-best 17 kills vs. Colgate on Saturday morning. She also shared team-high honors with nine putaways against Charleston on Saturday night. Gillis also added 1.80 digs per set on the weekend.

Nelson, a 6-4 middle blocker, averaged 1.40 blocks and 2.20 kills per set while hitting a team-best .439 over the three matches. The Cary, North Carolina, native had a match-high six blocks against WKU. She also added eight kills against the Lady Toppers. Nelson had four-or-blocks and seven-or-more kills in all three matches.

Sophomore Kelli Bates picked up back-to-back double-doubles on the weekend to up her career total to nine.

The 5-11 outside hitter had 13 kills and 10 digs vs. Western Kentucky on Friday and 13 kills and 14 digs vs. Colgate. Bates started all three matches on the weekend, ranking second on the team with 3.20 kills per set. She also added 2.90 digs per set and scored on two service aces.

Three freshmen saw their first playing time in the Cardinal and White last weekend.

Defensive specialist Amber MacDonald recorded double-figure digs in two matches to average 3.10 digs per set on the weekend. The 5-4 freshman started two matches, serving and playing back row for UW’s right-side hitters. She recorded a career-high 15 digs vs. Colgate on Saturday morning and had a career best two service aces vs. Charleston.

Middle blocker Tionna Williams recorded career highs of six blocks in two matches to average a team-best 1.62 blocks per set on the weekend. The 6-2 freshman started two matches and added 1.25 kills per set.

Outside hitter Madison Duello played in four sets, averaging 1.50 kills per set.

Senior Taylor Morey went over 1,000 career digs at the UW against Colgate on Saturday morning. The 5-6 libero has 1,026 digs at Wisconsin and 1,497 digs in her four seasons after transferring from Notre Dame.

Morey is the 16th Badger to record 1,000-or-more digs in a career. She needs just eight digs to move into the No. 14 spot on the all-time list. The Muncie, Indiana, native also ranks fifth in career digs per set with 3.77.

After redshirting the 2014 season due to a knee injury, junior Romana Kriskova earned a spot on the court for the Badgers as starting right-side hitter.

The 6-2 transfer from VCU, started her first match in the Cardinal and White vs. Western Kentucky on Friday, putting away eight kills. She also added four digs and four blocks against the Lady Toppers. The Slovakian native added nine kills, three digs and two blocks against Charleston on Saturday. On the weekend, she averaged 2.12 kills, 1.00 digs and 0.75 blocks per set.

After leading the Big Ten in digs the last two seasons, the Badgers continue to play great back-row defense. UW has outdug all three opponents this season, averaging 16.20 digs per set, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Senior Taylor Morey ranks third in the conference with 4.50 digs per set.

Wisconsin is also blocking well, averaging 3.10 blocks per set, which ranks second in the Big Ten. Freshman Tionna Williams ranks fifth in the conference with 1.53 blocks per set while junior Haleigh Nelson ranks ninth with 1.40 stops per set.

Opponents are hitting just .137 percent, which ranks eighth in the Big Ten.

Several Badgers set personal bests in matches during the opening weekend.

  • Junior Tori Blake started just her second match in the Cardinal and White, earning an opening role against Western Kentucky on Friday. The 6-3 middle blocker had a career-high eight kills on a career-best 18 attack attempts.
  • Junior Haleigh Nelson recorded a career-high two block solos against the Lady Toppers on Friday.
  • Sophomore transfer Lauryn Gillis made an immediate impact on the Badgers, recording a career-high 17 kills against Colgate.
  • In addition, all three freshmen who saw playing time over the weekend had at least three personal bests.

Wisconsin averaged an impressive 3.10 blocks per set on the weekend, which ranks second in the Big Ten. UW also ranks fourth in digs per set (16.20) and fourth in assists per set (13.70).

Individually, junior Lauren Carlini ranks second in assists per set at 12.20 while senior Taylor Morey is third in digs per set at 4.50. Freshman Tionna Williams and junior Haleigh Nelson rank fifth and ninth, respectively, in digs per set at 1.63 and 1.40. Sophomore Lauryn Gillis is ninth with 4.00 kills per set. 2015 Big Ten Statistics

Three Badgers are counting down to career milestones.

  • Senior Taylor Morey needs just three saves for the 1,500th dig of her career.
  • Sophomore Kelli Bates will pick up her 300th dig with four saves. She also needs 37 kills for 400 career putaways.
  • Junior Lauren Carlini will earn career block No. 22 with five stops.

Three Badgers passed career milestones last weekend during the first three matches.

  • Senior Taylor Morey picked up her 1,000 dig at Wisconsin. She has 1,026 digs in her third season as a Badger.
  • Junior Romana Krišková went over 900 career kills. The 6-2 right-side hitter has 901 kills in her third year as a player.
  • Junior Haleigh Nelson earned her 100th career dig, including her first pancake save. She has 102 digs in her third season.


North Carolina
The seventh-ranked Tar Heels went 1-2 at the USC Invitational last weekend. UNC lost to No. 22 USC 3-1 and No. 11 BYU 3-1 before bouncing back with a 3-0 win over Chicago State.

The Heels are very senior laden with five senior starters. Senior Leigh Andrew, a 6-1 outside hitter, leads the team with 3.10 kills per set while adding 2.30 digs per set. Senior Paige Neuenfeldt, a 6-2 middle blocker, adds 2.55 kills per set and ranks fourth on the team with 0.82 blocks per set. Senior Victoria McPherson, a 6-2 middle blocker, has a team-best 1.44 blocks per set while adding 1.11 kills per set.

Senior Jordyn Schnabl, a 5-9 setter, puts up 5.45 assists per set as North Carolina runs a 6-2 offense. Her counterpoint is junior Abigail Curry, a 5-10 setter, who averaged 4.00 assists per set. The final senior starter is Heather Gearhart, a 5-6 libero, who averages a team-best 3.25 digs per set.

Former Badger Taylor Fricano is one of two right-side hitters who see playing time. The 6-4 redshirt sophomore averages 1.25 kills and 0.88 blocks per set. 

vs. North Carolina
Wisconsin leads 4-1
Neutral: Wisconsin leads 3-0
Last Meeting: North Carolina won 3-1 in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Aug. 31, 2002

The Cardinals (2-1) opened the season with a second-place finish at the Illini Classic last weekend. Louisville lost to Illinois 3-0 to open the tournament but rebounded to edge Creighton (3-2) and downed Miami of Ohio (3-1).

Senior Erin Fairs, a 5-11 outside hitter, and redshirt junior Janelle Jenkins, a 5-11 outside hitter/middle blocker, lead the team with 3.83 kills per set. Jenkins hits a team-high .430 while ranking second with 0.92 blocks per set. Sophomore Maggie DeJong, a 6-0 middle blocker, has a team-best 1.33 blocks per set while adding 1.67 kills per set.

Senior Katie George, a 5-10 setter, puts up 11.00 assists per set and ranks second on the team with 3.33 digs per set.

Freshman Molly Sauer, a 5-7 libero, has a team-high 3.92 digs per set. Sauer was a member of the 2015 US Junior National Team with Badger Lauryn Gillis.

vs. Louisville
Wisconsin leads 4-1
In Louisville: First meeting
Last Meeting: Wisconsin won 3-0 in last year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Minneapolis.

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