The 11th-ranked Badgers have used a stunning season-opening loss to Western Kentucky as a source of inspiration to help fuel their current six-match winning streak.
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The Badgers (5-1) passed their first big road test of the season and bounced back from a rough open- ing weekend, sweeping No. 18 North Carolina and beating Louisville 3-1 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last weekend in Louisville, Ky.
Wisconsin (2-1) came into last weekend’s matchup against Western Kentucky ranked 5th in the country, but a season-opening loss to the Hilltoppers shocked UW and swiftly taught it to not take any opponent for granted.
A 22-game win streak, a Big Ten Championship and a flurry of major awards. On the surface it sounds like a successful season. For the Badgers, however, the 2014 season left much to be desired.
Lauren Carlini (center) should be one of the best players in the nation this season as the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year.
The record-breaking Badgers’ (18-1 Big Ten, 31-3 overall) season had to come to an end eventually, but to have it come from fellow Big Ten competitor Penn State (18-2, 34-3) made it sting just a little more. Wisconsin fell in four sets 25-22, 16-25, 22-25, 19-25 Saturday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky.
For the third time in a row, the No. 2 Badgers (31-2 overall) defeated No. 18 Ohio State (23-12) in the NCAA tournament, giving them their third win against the Buckeyes this season. Unlike the past two contests, Ohio State pushed the Badgers to a fifth set after getting swept in their first two matchups.
The Badgers swept through the first two matches of the NCAA Tournament and are moving on to the Sweet 16.
The Badgers swept through their first two matches in Madison to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
After a blowout win against Western Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the No. 4-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (30-2 overall) hosted the Illinois State Redbirds (27-6) Friday night. While the Badgers won in straight sets for the 22nd time this season, they were met with some sturdy competition in every set.
No. 4-seeded Wisconsin (29-2 overall) started off its NCAA tournament run Thursday by sweeping Western Michigan (22-14) at the UW Field House. The Badgers won the first and final sets easily, at 25-9 and 25-10, while Western Michigan made life difficult for the Badgers in the second pushing them to a highly contested 26-24 set win.
Sophomore Lauren Carlini was named Big Ten Player of the Year.
No. 2 Wisconsin (28-2 overall) is ready to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament starting Thursday against Western Michigan (22-13). The Badgers clinched the Big Ten title last weekend after defeating Purdue (22-10) in three sets.
Kelli Bates was pivotal for the Badgers win over the Buckeyes.
No. 2 Wisconsin (16-1 Big Ten, 25-2 overall) continued its winning streak after defeating No. 10 Illinois (13-4, 21-7) in four sets Wednesday night at the UW Field House.
Volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield has No. 2 Wisconsin rolling lately, winning 15 straight matches to earn a 24-2 record.