October 31, 2014

Badger women’s volleyball team extends win streak

Ellen Chapman

Ellen Chapman

The 4th-ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team went on the road and extended their Big ten winning streak to 10-straight matches, sweeping 13th-ranked Purdue in 3-sets in West Lafayette, Indiana on Wednesday night.

The 28-26, 25-16, 25-19 victory marks the first time Wisconsin (19-2, 10-1 Big Ten) has defeated Purdue (18-5, 8-3) in West Lafayette since 2007.  The sweep also extends the Badgers’ set win streak to 22, as the team has now claimed its last seven matches by 3-0 scores.

The Badgers have won their last seven matches by 3-0 scores, and extend their set win streak to 22.  The school record is 27 straight conference sets in 2001.

Senior Ellen Chapman led the team with 16 kills,.

Wisconsin hits the road again Saturday as the Badgers take on Big Ten opponent Indiana at University Gym in Bloomington, Indiana.


Badger rookie, Wellhausen honored by WCHA

For the third time this season, a Wisconsin women’s hockey freshman has earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.

Baylee Wellhausen scored the game winning goal in the Badgers 2-1 victory over Bemidji State on Friday night.  Wellhausen also added an assist in the Badgers 4-3 win over Bemidji State on Saturday.

Wellhausen joins fellow freshmen Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark as UW recipients of the award this year.

Wellhausen and the 2nd-ranked Badgers hit the road this weekend to face No. 10 North Dakota on the road this weekend.

Watt & Herring pass the first test

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin Badger junior fullback Derek Watt and senior defensive lineman Warren Herring both came out well from their first playing action since going down with injury in the opener against LSU.

Herring missed time with a knee injury and Watt had surgery on a broken bone in his foot and returned to action Saturday in the Badgers 52-7 win over Maryland.

Watt played roughly 15-16 snaps at fullback while Herring was in on roughly twice as many plays.  Both can expect heavier workloads this week when the Badgers hit the road for a game at Rutgers.

Badgers land two more recruits

Wisconsin has received a pair of verbal commitments from a a couple of defensive line prospects over the weekend for the 2015 recruiting class.  The additions push the incoming recruiting class to 23.  He passed on offers from Colorado, Nevada and Hawaii.

Defensive tackle Elu Aydon (6’2, 296) will join the Badgers from Leone High School in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  Defensive tackle Olive Sagapolu (6’2, 290) from Santa Ana (California) Mater Dei High School is the other player to commit to Wisconsin.  He passed on offers from Washington State and Kansas State.

Dekker suffers leg injury

Sam Dekker

Sam Dekker

The University of Wisconsin says Badger forward Sam Dekker, who suffered a leg injury in practice on Friday, is day-to-day.

Various reports say Dekker is expected to miss a week or two of practice.

Dekker was injured while driving to the basket.  He went down and grabbed his left ankle, eventually hopping off the floor on his right foot.

Dekker started every game for the Badgers last season and averaged 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.  He helped Wisconsin reach the Final Four for the first time since 2000.  He’s also a preseason all-Big Ten selection.

The Badgers are scheduled to scrimmage on Sunday, then host Division II UW-Parkside in a Nov. 5 exhibition.  They’ll open the regular season Nov. 14 against Northern Kentucky at the Kohl Center.


Badgers womens hockey team returns to winning ways

Katy Josephs

Katy Josephs

Goals by Katy Josephs and Baylee Wellhausen allowed the 2nd-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team to knock off Bemidji State 2-1 on Friday night at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Wisconsin (7-2-0, 5-2-0-0 WCHA) outshot Bemidji State (4-3-0, 0-3-0-0 WCHA) 31-15 over the course of the game, and held a 9-2 shot advantage after the first period.

With nine minutes left in the first period, Josephs tallied her fourth goal of the season.  Wellhausen gave the Badgers a 2-0 lead midway through the second period.

Ann-Renee Desbiens made 14 saves in net to earn her fifth win of the season.

Wisconsin and BSU meet again on Saturday in a 4 p.m. contest.