Jan. 19, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin volleyball team celebrated the 2013 season on Saturday night at the team's annual banquet. The Badgers presented two team awards with senior Annemarie Hickey being honored with the Bring It award while junior Ellen Chapman was named the most improved player.
Hickey, the only senior on the team, was honored as "the player that consistently shows up to play and practice each and every day. The athlete that is consistently practicing and training on her competitive edge. She is a person that shows tremendous leadership in times of success and adversity and a player that is always supporting teammates in order to build a positive system and community. No matter what the situation is, or how big the challenge, this player will always bring their best and always believes success is right in front of them."
Hickey, a 5-8 libero, played in 32 matches and 122 sets. She recorded double-figure digs in 28 matches, including the last 23 in a row. The Oswego, Ill., native had 20-plus digs in seven matches, including a season-high 27 digs vs. Michigan State on Oct. 20. Hickey led the team with 482 total digs, averaging 3.95 per set, which ranked sixth in the Big Ten Conference. She was honored as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21.
Chapman, a 6-4 outside hitter, was named the most improved player after earning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-America honors. She earned AVCA All-Region honors and was named to the 2013 NCAA Regional All-Tournament team. Chapman led the team with 3.51 kills per set, which ranked seventh in the Big Ten. The Glenview, Ill., native had double-figure kills in a team-leading 33 matches, including three matches with 20-or-more kills. Chapman also led the team in total service aces with 33, tallying at least one service ace in 19 matches.
The Badgers had one of their most successful seasons in program history in 2013. Wisconsin advanced to the NCAA championship match, losing to Big Ten champion Penn State 3-1 in the final. It was the first time that two Big Ten teams played in the championship final. UW wrapped up the season 28-10, tying for fourth in the Big Ten at 12-8. The Badgers ended the season ranked second in the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine national polls.
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