|| at Marquette
|| W, 2-1
|| 6:30 pm
|| at Minnesota Spring
| All day
WISCONSIN WRAPS UP HOME SPRING SEASON
The 2013 NCAA runner-up Wisconsin volleyball team wraps up the home portion of its the spring season as it hosts Marquette this Wednesday at the UW Field House.
After traveling to Marquette to participate in drills with the Golden Eagles on April 6, the two teams will square off in a full match on Wednesday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with competition beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the match is free with several members of the team available afterwards for a Q&A.
To close out the spring season, Wisconsin travels to Big Ten Conference foe Minnesota on Saturday, April 26 for the Minnesota Spring Invitational, an all-day event.
NEW FACES ADD DEPTH FOR 2014 BADGERS
After opening its spring season with drills at Marquette, the Wisconsin volleyball team continued competition Sunday afternoon, hosting Minnesota in the UW Field House. What was initially planned to be a full match was cut down to a three-set scrimmage due to opponent injuries. Despite the event's brevity, the crowd of more than 500 people was given a good taste of what to expect from the NCAA runner-up Badgers in the 2014-15 season.
The match featured a mix of familiar and new, as redshirt freshman Taylor Fricano and freshman Tori Blake both saw ample playing time. Sophomore Taylor Morey looked a natural in her role as libero, taking over for senior Annemarie Hickey, who coached from the sideline and assisted in drills before the match. Complete story
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME
Playing for the first time since their 2013 NCAA runner-up finish, the Wisconsin volleyball team opened the spring season with drills at Marquette on Wednesday. It didn't seem like it has been nearly four months since the last time the Badgers were on the court as most of the faces were very familiar.
The Badgers traveled 13 players to Marquette with nine seeing playing time. The injured brigade of Victoria Ito, Kt Kvas, Julie Mikaelsen and Caroline Workman didn't play though all four have been practicing this spring. Complete story
SHEFFIELD NAMED NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Kelly Sheffield was named the National Coach of the Year by Volleyball Magazine. The award was announced in the February issue of the magazine. Sheffield led the Badgers to the NCAA championship match in his first season as head coach, one of only three head coaches to lead their teams to the final match in their inaugural year with a program.
In less than a year, Sheffield brought the Badger program back into the national spotlight. UW started the season receiving votes in the national polls and began moving up as it went 12-8 in the Big Ten, tying for fourth place, a five-place improvement from 2012. The Badgers ended the regular season ranked second in the national coaches' poll. Complete story
DILDINE RECEIVES AVCA THIRTY UNDER 30 AWARD
Assistant coach Brittany Dildine was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as a member of its Thirty Under 30 award winners for 2014. The award honors 30 of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game. Complete story
BADGERS TRY OUT FOR NATIONAL TEAMS
Three Badgers participated in the USA Volleyball Women's National Team Open Tryouts in late February in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Freshman Lauren Carlini was selected to train with the National Team in May and June in Anaheim, Calif., while Taylor Morey was named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team that will compete in a tour of eastern Europe July 8-19. Dominique Thompson will travel to Minneapolis from June 22-July 1 to train and compete at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships from June 26-30. Morey story | Thompson Story
UW RELEASES 2014 HOME OPPONENTS
The Badgers will open the 2014 Big Ten Conference season with a home contest against reigning NCAA champion Penn State in a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Championship. The Badgers released their 2014 Big Ten and non-conference home opponents while dates will be announced later this spring.
In addition to No. 1 Penn State, Wisconsin fans will also get to see No. 7 Nebraska, No. 8 Purdue, No. 10 Minnesota, and No. 16 Illinois in the UW Field House. Other Big Ten foes coming to town are Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa while conference newcomers Rutgers and Maryland make their first trips to Madison.
The Badgers will also host a home tournament in September, bringing in Ball State, Miami (Fla.) and Missouri State.
GRAFF RECEIVES MEDICAL HARDSHIP
Junior Crystal Graff has been given a medical hardship and will no longer compete for the Badgers. The Madison La Follette High School graduate has struggled with injuries during her career in the Cardinal and White, including going through several surgeries.
"I've had the time of my life being a part of this program and I couldn't thank everyone enough for where it's gotten me so far," Graff said. "I physically found that I couldn't compete at this level anymore with all of the injuries I've sustained and decided it was time to move on and focus on my future plans."