Badgers power through to third straight Sweet 16By Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau and Matt Davis | Dec. 6, 2015
With a loud and faithful crowd behind it, No. 6 Wisconsin (16-4 Big Ten, 26-6 overall) swept Iowa State (11-5 Big 12, 19-11 overall) 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in front of a sold-out UW Field House Friday night.
Wisconsin (16-4 Big Ten, 24-6 overall) will make its third-straight NCAA tournament appearance as the No. 6 seeded Badgers take on Oregon (10-10 Pac-12, 16-13 overall) in first-round action Thursday night at the UW Field House.
It took five sets, but the Badgers’ hot streak continued Wednesday night.
No. 11 Wisconsin (11-4 Big Ten, 19-6 overall) won their rematch against Michigan (6-9, 16-10) 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., sweeping the Wolverines for the second time in five days.
Wisconsin (8-4 Big Ten, 16-6 overall) extended its conference winning streak to four straight games by beating No. 17 Purdue (8-3, 17-5) in four sets and sweeping Indiana (3-9, 13-11) this weekend at home. The Badgers took on Purdue on Friday night and won 25-18, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22 in front of a soldout UW Field House. Sophomore outside hitter Kelli Bates led the Badgers offense, tying her career high of 17 kills.
After losing two straight games to Minnesota last week, No. 16 Wisconsin (4-4, 12-6) looks to regroup as it faces Iowa (0-8, 10-11) and No. 3 Nebraska (7-1, 16-2) on the road this weekend. “Coming off a week where we played Minnesota twice, statistically, both teams looked pretty even,” said UW head coach Kelly Sheffield.
In a back and forth thriller, No. 15 Wisconsin (4-3 Big Ten, 12-5 overall) fell in five sets to No. 11 Minnesota (6-2, 14-3), 25-11, 24-26, 16-25, 26-24, 11-15 Wednesday at the UW Field House. “It was one heck of a game,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said.
No. 15 Wisconsin (4-2 Big Ten, 12-4 overall) takes on rival No. 11 Minnesota (5-1, 13-3) in part one of this year’s Border Battle Wednesday night, a match that has major implications in the Big Ten standings. “It’s kind of an interesting week in front of us,” said UW head coach Kelly Sheffield.
Going into noisy, hostile and even wet environments didn’t seem to phase Wisconsin (4-2 Big Ten, 12-4 overall) as the Badgers extended their conference win streak to four by sweeping Rutgers (0-6, 3-15) and Maryland (0-6, 10-10) this weekend. The Badgers faced Rutgers first Friday in New Brunswick, N.J.