Oct. 21, 2009
MADISON, Wis. - After a road trip where the Wisconsin volleyball team returned to the .500 mark and secured sole possession of fifth place in the Big Ten Conference, it returns home to face No. 8 Illinois on Friday and Northwestern on Saturday.
Both matches take place in the UW Field House and begin at 7 p.m. Both matches will broadcast live on 92.1 The Mic. Click here for live stats for each match.
Here’s a rundown of both teams.
No. 8 Illinois (14-3, 6-2 Big Ten Conference) has won four consecutive conference matches, and most recently upset then-No. 6 Minnesota in a three-set sweep.
The Fighting Illini are led by junior Laura DeBruler. Debruler, a 5-11 outside hitter, has tallied 270 kills and scores an average of 4.50 per set, while maintaining a solid .296 hitting percentage.
Sophomore Michelle Bartsch and senior Kylie McCulley are also key offensive contributors. Bartsch averages 3.30 kills/set and McCulley scores 3.03/set.
Illinois’ offense is directed by junior Hillary Haen. Haen, a 5-10 setter, puts up an average of 11.62 assists per set.
Junior Johannah Bangert leads the team in blocks. Bangert, a 6-1 middle blocker, averages 1.50 stuffs per set. Ashley Edinger, a senior defensive specialist, has totaled 254 digs on the season and averages 4.23 saves per set.
Illinois leads the overall series 37-32-1, but the Badgers have the upper hand over the Fighting Illini in Madison with a 17-12-1 record.
The Badgers look to shake things up from last year as Illinois swept them both in Champaign, Ill.
(25-27, 17-25, 22-25) and in Madison (18-25, 16-25, 23-25).
Northwestern (11-9, 2-6) fell in its two previous matches to Illinois and Minnesota. Both of
Northwestern’s conference victories came earlier this season in five sets against Purdue and Indiana.
A pair of juniors headline the Wildcat offense. Sabel Moffett has scored 241 kills, averaging 3.35 per set,
while Naomi Johnson has totaled 184 kills, an average of 2.59 per set.
Junior setter, Elyse Glab, guides Northwestern’s offense. Glab has tallied 724 assists (10.06/set).
Although Northwestern is not an exceptionally tall team, the Wildcats have out-blocked their opponents
2.5-1.9 per set. Moffett and Johnson both lead the team as Moffett averages 1.40 blocks per set, while
Johnson stuffs 0.85 shots per set. Sophomore Madalyn Shalter also contributes, chipping in 0.83 blocks
Senior Kate Nobilio, a 5-4 libero, leads the team with 4.56 digs/set.
The Badgers control the overall series with a 43-25 record and has bettered the Wildcats at the UW Field
House with a 23-7 record.
Wisconsin has not lost a match to Northwestern dating back to Nov. 15, 2003 when they fell in four sets
in Evanston, Ill. by a score of 30-24, 23-30, 33-35, 26-30.