Wisconsin faced a tough loss to Northwestern at the Kohl Center — 67-70. Northwestern dominated in the last five minutes of the game, outscoring Wisconsin nine to one and moving the Badgers to a 5-5 home record.
Wisconsin bounced back from a three game losing streak to earn a 59-44 win over Valparaiso, while senior Julie Pospisilova became the 28th Badger in program history to reach 1,000 career points, and the first not born in the United States.
Wisconsin took down No. 11 Penn State in five sets on Thursday to advance to the regional finals, yet fell to No. 2 Pittsburgh in five sets on Saturday.
Wisconsin, ranked as a number one seed, took down Quinnipiac and TCU at the UW Field House in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Badgers defeated Quinnipiac in three sets and overcame TCU in three sets to kick off the 2022 playoffs.
The Badgers defeated No. 5 Nebraska 3-1 as well as No. 8 Ohio State 3-1. With their win over Nebraska Friday night, Wisconsin also clinched the Big Ten championship title, their fourth consecutive conference title.
This weekend Wisconsin took on Rutgers at Jersey Mike’s Arena and then traveled to University Park to challenge No. 14 Penn State. The Badgers came away with two wins, 3-0 and 3-2. Rutgers went down easily in three sets, but Penn State proved to be a challenge.
No. 5 Wisconsin earned a 3-1 win against Minnesota, tallying seven service aces compared to the Gophers’ one. Franklin, Robinson and Orzol combined for 44 of the Badgers’ 58 kills in the match.
In front of a sold out crowd, Wisconsin snapped Nebraska’s 10-game win streak in just three sets. The tensions were high heading into this match as the last time these two teams faced each other was the 2021 NCAA National Championship, in which the Badgers took down the Cornhuskers 3-2.
Wisconsin is now the second place team in the conference after two more wins over the weekend. The Badgers bested Michigan State (3-0) in Madison Friday night and then traveled to Michigan on Sunday to win (3-1) their sixth away game.
With two conference wins over the weekend, against Iowa and No. 24 Michigan, Wisconsin stays second in the Big Ten – tied with Ohio State and behind the only undefeated team, Nebraska.