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Hickey named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

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Oct. 21, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Senior Annemarie Hickey has been all over the court for the Wisconsin volleyball team – both literally and figuratively. The senior from Oswego, Ill., started the season at outside hitter but a sprained ankle for her to miss six matches. When she returned from the injury, Hickey moved to defensive specialist and then libero.

That move back to her position the last two seasons paid off as she was named the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, the second honor of her career.

The 5-foot-8 libero led the 15th-ranked Badgers to a 3-1 upset win over No. 5 Michigan State on Sunday in the UW Field House. Hickey tallied a season-high 27 digs in the win, including seven saves in the fourth set. She also added 18 digs against Michigan on Friday to average 6.4 digs per set on the weekend.

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"Annemarie Hickey was special defensively," said UW head coach Kelly Sheffield after Sunday’s win. "She's executing the game plan, she's in the right spot and then she just sticking her nose in there. She was great."

She also added five assists and one ace on the week.

Hickey is one of the Badgers’ all-time best back-row players. With her 27 digs against the Spartans, she moved into third on the UW career record list with 1,554 digs. She passed Kim Kuzma (2007-10), who had 1,553 digs in her four years.

Jocelyn Wack (2004-07) holds the UW career record with 2,182 digs while Susan Wohlford (1988-91) ranks second with 1,920 digs.

Hickey is also ranked third in digs per set with 3.93. Wack is the career leader with 4.81 digs per set with Wohlford second at 3.98.

The Badgers (16-4 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) wrap up their tough stretch of six matches against top-25 ranked teams on Wednesday when they host No. 7 Minnesota (18-3, 6-2) at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $1 in this Border Battle.

Wisconsin wraps up the first half of the Big Ten season on Sunday, hosting Illinois (8-10, 4-4) at 1 p.m. Both matches are in the UW Field House.

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