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After one of the best careers in UW history, Lauren Carlini has used her mental fortitude to help create a strong start to her professional career. 

Now abroad, mental fortitude key for Carlini

LONDON — As she’s ascended through the ranks of volleyball, Lauren Carlini has become accustomed to adjustment. She’s bridged the gap between West Aurora High School and Wisconsin, proved herself to USA Volleyball coaches and recently forged a professional career with Florentine outfit Savino Del Bene Volley Scandicci. Of course, there have been some difficult moments.


Déjà vu in December: Wisconsin falls to Stanford in Sweet 16, eliminated from NCAA tournament

Although they transpired under decidedly different circumstances, the story behind each of Wisconsin’s last two trips to the NCAA tournament feature exactly the same ending. A year after suffering a tragic defeat to Stanford in the 2016 elite eight match, the Badgers (11-9 Big Ten, 22-10 overall) once again watched their championship hopes collapse at the hands of the Cardinals (19-1 Pac 12, 29-3), losing by a score of 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 19-25 in the Sweet 16 Friday night in California. UW’s loss was underscored by its inability to slow down Stanford’s electric offense, a unit which hit an astronomical .436 on the night.


Badgers enjoying ride to Sweet Sixteen as it prepares to face Stanford

Being in the moment and focusing on what lies ahead of you is crucial to game-time focus. Not dwelling on the past or looking too far into the future is what makes or breaks a player’s presence on the court. As the Wisconsin Badgers (11-9 Big Ten 22-9 overall)head into more competitive rounds of the NCAA Tournament, keeping loose and enjoying the moment are key principles in the team’s mindset.

Despite recent woes, Lauryn Gillis still feels confident that Wisconsin can close out the season on a strong note and make a run at the NCAA title.

Badgers split weekend series, remain even in conference play

Falling from No. 8 to No. 10, the Wisconsin Badgers (8-8 Big Ten, 17-8 overall) split their weekend series in Indiana as they swept the Indiana Hoosiers (1-15, 12-16) 3-0 before getting swept by the No. 25 Purdue Boilermakers (10-6, 20-7). The Badgers’ road trip results paint a similar picture to their overall conference play this season.


Badgers use comeback effort to draw even in weekend series

After a heart-breaking five-set loss to Ohio State (6-8 Big Ten, 13-12 overall) on Friday, the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (7-7 Big Ten, 16-7 overall) were able to once again pull even in Big Ten play by beating University of Maryland (5-9 Big Ten, 16-10 overall) on Saturday 3-1. This weekend, Wisconsin was tasked with having to quickly recover from a match, having back-to-back games for the first time in a while.

Kelli Bates and the Badgers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen after two postseason road sweeps.

Wisconsin falls in five-set heartbreaker to Ohio State

In what has come to encapsulate a troubling yet all too familiar theme of the 2017 volleyball season, a match that No. 8 Wisconsin looked firmly in control of completely unraveled after intermission, as a possible home sweep for the Badgers ended in a disastrous 25-14, 25-16, 21-25, 23-25,13-15 loss to conference rival Ohio State Friday night at the Field House. Like many contests that have yielded similar outcomes this year, UW (6-7 Big Ten, 13-7 overall) coasted through the first two sets of play, strolling into the lockeroom holding a 2-0 lead heading into the break. But once the players returned to the court for the third and potentially final frame, their previous good fortune went entirely awry, as the Badgers fell into a funk they could never find a way out of.

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