The No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (20-2, 12-2) have returned home after a two-week long road trip around the Midwest for a weekend of Big Ten matches. On Friday, the Badgers will play a highly anticipated rematch against the Purdue Boilermakers, and on Sunday, they will face the Northwestern Wildcats (11-14, 6-8), one of the teams they swept last weekend.
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Just months after announcing his retirement as athletic director, Barry Alvarez has made his way back to Camp Randall in a big way.
The Badgers pulled off their eighth sweep of the season on Friday night in front of a 7,540 person crowd at the Wisconsin Field House. The fans’ excitement was contagious as Wisconsin’s volleyball team defeated their conference rivals 25-17, 25-22, 25-17.
With fall sports starting back up, Badger fans might be surprised to see some of their favorite athletes returning to play for an extra year. Last October, the NCAA announced that they would be granting all Division I fall and winter sport athletes an extra year of eligibility, regardless of whether they competed in the 2020-21 season.
About a month after Wisconsin fell to Texas in the NCAA final four, bringing their otherwise undefeated (15-0) season to an end, star player Dana Rettke announced she will be returning to the court this fall for one final season as a Badger.
Wisconsin faced their toughest competition yet in Monday night’s elite eight match-up against Florida, which lasted almost three hours after going to five sets.
Wisconsin (14-0) swept Michigan (4-8) 25-23, 25-12, 25-11 Thursday night to earn the title of Big Ten Conference champions for the second year in a row. This is the seventh time in program history that the Badgers have walked away with the trophy, and only the second time they’ve been back-to-back champions.
After seven consecutive postponed matches, the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers (11-0) reminded everyone why they’re so deserving of their first place ranking when they returned to the court to face No. 5 Minnesota (11-2) on Sunday night. The Badgers defeated the Gophers in four sets, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23.
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Wisconsin (9-0) didn’t drop a single set Saturday afternoon as they dominated Michigan State (2-6), 25-20, 25-9, 25-13.
The Badgers (8-0) remain the No. 1 ranked team as they head to Michigan State this weekend to play in back to back matches against the Spartans (2-4) Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the Jenison Field House.
No. 1 Wisconsin (8-0) defeated Indiana (2-6) for the second night in a row on Saturday evening, 25-23, 25-11, 26-24. The Badgers have swept their opponents in seven of their eight matches this season.
Wisconsin (5-0) continued their winning streak on Friday night, sweeping Rutgers (1-4) 25-18, 25-20, 25-16. The Badgers led the Scarlet knights in in kills, digs and blocks and had fewer attacking and reception errors.
The undefeated, No. 1 ranked Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) will face off in back-to-back matches against the unranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-3) at the Wisconsin Field House this Friday and Saturday. To recap both teams' seasons thus far, Wisconsin has swept Purdue (2-2) and Illinois (2-2), while Rutgers was defeated by Northwestern (2-0) and split their series with Indiana (1-3).
Unranked Illinois (2-2) put the first blemish on No. 1 Wisconsin’s (4-0) record, pushing them to 4 sets on Saturday 27-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-12. In their toughest match of the season so far, the Badgers were able to pull together a win by dominating the final set.
While the cheers in the Wisconsin Field House were fake, the energy on the court as the Badgers swept the Boilermakers in three sets last night was very real. No 1. Wisconsin (1-0) defeated No. 13 Purdue (0-1) 25-14, 25-15, 25-16 by playing big at the net and staying consistent in their passing game.
After a COVID-19 related delay to their fall season, there is lots of excitement surrounding the Badgers’ return to the court this year. While there may not be any fans at the Wisconsin Field House this Friday to watch their first match of the season against Purdue, Badger fans are sure to be tuning in, hoping to watch their first-ranked team dominate the court.
In the midst of a pandemic, the Badger’s toughest opponent in sports this year has proven to be COVID-19. The virus has led to hectic seasons for many teams, with games being canceled, postponed, and shuffled around.
One: Play ruthless defense
After dominating the Michigan Wolverines (1-3) — a historic football powerhouse — the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) are headed to Evanston next week to face No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats (4-0). With both teams boasting undefeated records, the winner of Saturday’s game should come out on top of the Big Ten West Division.