Following an offseason rife with roster turnover and personnel change, the Wisconsin Badgers arrived at the UW Field House Friday night in its opening match of 2017 looking quite different than it had a year ago.
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In early April, Lauren Carlini stepped under the bright lights of the Big Apple and took a seat atop the stage inside the storied New York Athletic Club, utterly unprepared for the historic moment she would soon experience.
NCAA Tournament preview: Revisiting the Badgers' brightest moments from a rollercoaster season of ups and downs
Happ goes off at the Garden:
As the Badgers trotted off the court and into the locker room at the end of the second set of the regional final match Saturday night, the fans who filled the seats in the Field House roared with excitement, feeling the dream of a Final Four berth slowing becoming a reality.
After putting together one of the most successful regular seasons in program history, the 2016 Wisconsin Badgers is a team well-versed in the art of record-breaking.
Midway through the third set of a win over Washington State last Friday, Wisconsin senior captain Haleigh Nelson hustled up to the frontline and let her instincts take over. As an incoming set came careening toward her, the six-foot-three middle blocker ranged to the left, planted her feet and sprung into the air holding both arms up, putting herself in perfect position to swat the ball away as soon as it crossed the net.
If there is one lesson to be learned from the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA tournament, it is that Wisconsin’s defense succumbs to no one.
With just under a week until the NCAA Tournament gets underway, No. 3 Wisconsin took the court this week and split its last two matches of the year to wrap up the 2016 regular season.
As the 2016 regular season winds down and the NCAA Tournament looms near, the Wisconsin Badgers are playing about as well as they could have hoped.
With a tough five-set victory over Purdue that extended the UW volleyball team’s win streak to five straight matches, No. 3 Wisconsin (12-2 Big Ten, 20-3 overall) appears to be hitting its stride just as the end of the regular season approaches.
When Amber MacDonald made her Wisconsin debut in the fall of 2015, it not only signified the start of her college volleyball career, but also put an end to the whirlwind journey which came before it.
After gaining a commanding two set lead, No. 3 Wisconsin (12-2 Big Ten, 20-3 overall) was driven to the brink of defeat Saturday night, needing late-match heroics in a decisive fifth set to put away the Purdue Boilermakers (5-9, 15-10) by a score of 25-22, 26-24, 22-25, 16-25, 15-10.
Coming off back-to-back wins at the field house this past weekend, No. 3 Wisconsin (10-2 Big Ten, 18-3 overall) will put its current three-match win streak on the line against a pair of Big Ten rivals this week.
After a statement win against Penn State Friday night, No. 4 Wisconsin (10-2 Big Ten, 18-3 overall) picked up another win Sunday afternoon, defeating Big Ten cellar-dwellar Rutgers (0-12 Big Ten, 4-11) in straight sets by a score of 25-14, 25-18, 25-23 at the UW Field House.
For a typical student-athlete, the transition to the collegiate level can be a long and tiresome process. It is a journey which often requires prolonged patience and eternal optimism, as some athletes spend their first year at a college program relegated into a reserve role or toiling away on the bench. At times, inexperience can act as a deterrent to opportunity, with some coaches believing that it is best for freshmen to gain initial exposure to college sports in small, constrained increments.
Haggerty, Badgers learn from Minnesota mishap, use lessons to prepare for battle against No. 1 Cornhuskers
Head coach Kelly Sheffield didn’t sugarcoat anything in his Monday press conference.
Hosting an opponent that at one point looked ready to hand the Badgers their first Big Ten loss of the season, No. 2 Wisconsin (6-0 Big Ten, 14-1 overall) staved off No. 24 Illinois (4-2 Big Ten, 11-6) by a score of 25-15, 18-25, 26-22, 25-19.
The Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team continued its steady rise through the ranks of the nation’s elite this week, moving up one spot in the latest version of the AVCA coaches poll released Monday. UW was also awarded the top spot in the first NCAA RPI poll of 2016.
Opening conference play with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2013, No. 3 Wisconsin (2-0 Big Ten, 10-1 overall) hopes to remain in the upper echelon of a loaded Big Ten hierarchy with road matchups against No. 14 Purdue (1-1, 11-2) and Indiana (1-1, 12-3) this weekend.
After an impressive win against Ohio State Friday night, No. 3 Wisconsin (2-0 Big Ten, 9-1 overall) continued its remarkable run of dominance Saturday, trampling the Maryland Terrapins (0-2, 8-6) in three sets—25-12, 25-18, 25-21—to improve to 2-0 in the first weekend of Big Ten play.