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.
Sheffield's rotation included some new faces, but the results held the same: another dominant win for the nation's top volleyball team this spring.
Kelly Sheffield and the Badgers will take on the Illini in Urbana-Champaign for a weekend series.
One of Wisconsin's two top-ranked teams swept No. 13 Purdue over the weekend.
Wisconsin legend Dana Rettke earned her 500th career block Saturday in the three-set win.
The nation's top volleyball team looked the part Friday night, taking down a ranked Purdue team in straight sets to get the 2021 season underway.
Despite all the COVID-19 changes, the Badgers still think they have a leg up on the competition this season thanks to a veteran lineup and staff.
For the first time since 1888, Wisconsin will not play a college football season.
In an Elite Eight matchup at the Fieldhouse, the No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (18-2 Big Ten, 26-6 overall) triumphed over the No. 5 Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-3 Big Ten, 28-5 overall) in three sets to send the Badgers to Pittsburg for the Final Four.
In front of a packed Field House, the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (17-1 Big Ten, 21-5 overall) did not disappoint as they swept the No. 6 Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-3 Big Ten, 23-4 overall) in three consecutive sets.
It was hard to envision the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (11-4 overall, 7-0 Big 10) being pushed to five sets by the No. 17 Illinois Fighting Illini (9-7 overall, 4-3 Big 10) going into the night. When the Illini won sets two and three, however, Wisconsin’s spotless conference record was very much in doubt.
History was made at the Wisconsin Field House on Wednesday night, as the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers Volleyball (7-4 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) team recorded their 1,000th program win. What a win it was, as Wisconsin defeated No. 5 Penn State (9-3 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) in dramatic fashion, coming from behind after dropping the first set to the Nittany Lions.
The Wisconsin Badgers (6-4 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) continued their strong start to conference play Sunday, as they defeated the Indiana Hoosiers (11-4 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) in four sets, highlighted by strong performances from Molly Haggerty and Grace Loberg.
If you just looked at the box score, you might have thought that the No.13 Wisconsin Badgers (5-4 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) cruised past the No.15 Purdue Boilermakers (8-2 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) without much difficulty. The Badgers swept the Boilermakers on three sets, and all advanced stats were slanted heavily in the Badgers favor.
The Field House was packed for No. 9 Wisconsin’s (4-3) red-out game against No. 10 Washington (8-1), but the crowd went home disappointed after the Huskies upset the Badgers three sets to one.
Head Coach Kelly Sheffield was unsure how his team would deal with an athletic Pepperdine team Friday night. Much to his delight, the Badgers (15-5 Big Ten, 24-6 overall) were ready for the Waves'attack, beating Pepperdine (14-4 WCC, 22-9) 25-16, 25-12, 15-25, 25-13 to advance to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
No. 6 Wisconsin’s athleticism was simply too much to handle for the Green Bay Phoenix Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (15-5 Big Ten, 22-6 overall) are playing their best volleyball when it matters most.