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Volleyball picked third in Big Ten preseason poll


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Aug. 14, 2014

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin volleyball team has been picked to finish third in the 2014 Big Ten Conference race, according to a preseason poll of league coaches. The Badgers also landed two players on the Preseason All-Big Ten team as sophomore Lauren Carlini was a unanimous pick and was joined on the team by senior Ellen Chapman.

Two-time reigning Big Ten champion Penn State is the preseason favorite while 2011 champion Nebraska comes in second. Wisconsin, which tied for fourth in the 2013 standings, is ranked third. Illinois and Purdue round out the top-five teams, respectively.

Carlini, a 6-2 setter, was one of six unanimous picks to the team and one of three sophomores. The Aurora, Illinois, native was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was the Badgers’ first first-team All-Big Ten pick since 2007. Carlini went on to earn second-team All-America honors in her rookie season and was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA championship. 

She averaged 11.15 assists per set as a freshman, which ranked third in the Big Ten. Carlini also ranked second on the UW team with 2.82 digs per set.

Chapman, a 6-4 outside hitter, picks up her first All-Big Ten honor. She led the Badgers with 3.51 kills per set as a junior, which ranked seventh in the Big Ten. The Glenview, Illinois, native was a 2013 honorable mention All-American and earned four all-tournament honors last season. 

The Badgers host their annual Cardinal vs. White scrimmage on Aug. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the UW Field House. The event is preceded by the annual Fan Fest at 2 p.m. Admission is free to both events.

2014 Big Ten Preseason Poll
 1.  Penn State
 2.  Nebraska
 3.  Wisconsin
 4.  Illinois
 5.  Purdue
 6.  Michigan State
 7.  Minnesota
 8.  Michigan
 9.  Ohio State
 10.  Northwestern
 11.  Iowa
 12.  Indiana
 13.  Maryland
 14.  Rutgers

 

2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team

Name

School

Yr.

Position            

Hometown

JOCELYNN BIRKS (2)

Illinois

Jr.

Outside Hitter

Willow Springs, Ill.

Liz McMahon (3)

Illinois

Sr.

Opposite Side Hitter

Liberty Township, Ohio

Lexi Dannemiller (2)

Michigan

Sr.

Setter

West Chester, Ohio

KORI MOSTER

Michigan State

Sr.

Libero

Cincinnati, Ohio

Adrianna Nora

Minnesota

Sr.

Opposite Side Hitter

Stillwater, Minn.

Hannah Tapp

Minnesota

So.

Middle Blocker

Stewartville, Minn.

Mary Pollmiller

Nebraska

Sr.

Setter

Littleton, Colo.

KADIE ROLFZEN

Nebraska

So.

Outside Hitter

Papillion, Neb.

Megan Courtney (2)

Penn State

Jr.

Setter/Outside Hitter

Dayton, Ohio

Nia Grant

Penn State

Sr.

Outside Hitter

Warren, Ohio

MICHA HANCOCK (2)

Penn State

Sr.

Setter

Edmond, Okla.

Kiki Jones

Purdue

Sr.

Middle Blocker

Fishers, Ind.

VAL NICHOL

Purdue

Sr.

Setter/Outside Hitter

Normal, Ill.

Lauren Carlini

Wisconsin

So.

Setter

Aurora, Ill.

Ellen Chapman

Wisconsin

Sr.

Outside Hitter

Glenview, Ill.

 15 honorees selected due to tie
UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN CAPS
(2)  Two-time selection
(3)  Three-time selection

 

 

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