October 24, 2014

Badger women’s volleyball team keeps rolling

VOLLEYBALL-5The 5th-ranked Wisconsin Badger women’s volleyball team swept Big Ten Conference opponent Iowa 25-15, 25-22 and 25-19 at the UW-Field House on Wednesday night.

Wisconsin (17-2, 8-1) combined for a season-high 15 blocks in the sweep of the Hawkeyes (9-11, 1-8), bringing the Badgers’ match-winning streak to eight and set-winning streak to 16.

“I like what I saw from my team tonight,” Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield said.  “I thought for the most part we played a pretty smart game and at the end of the day that’s what you’re wanting.”

Wisconsin returns to the UW Field House Sunday to take on No. 14 Nebraska in a 4 p.m. conference showdown.  The match will be televised live on ESPN2.

 

Former Badger, Krumrie is on 2015 College Hall of Fame Ballot

MotionW_2ColorFormer University of Wisconsin defensive football star, Tim Krumrie is among the more than 160 players on the ballot for the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame.

Krumrie played defensive tackle at Wisconsin and was named a consensus First Team All-American in 1981 after leading the Badgers to the 1981 Garden State Bowl.  He earned Defensive MVP honors in the 1982 Independence Bowl.

Krumrie is a three-time First Team All-Conference selection, recording 444 career tackles.

The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame announced the names on the 2015 ballot today.  The list includes 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 87 players and 25 coaches from the divisional ranks.

The announcement of the 2015 class, including the players and coaches from both the Football Bowl Division and the divisional ranks, will be made Friday, Jan. 9 and carried live on www.footballfoundation.org.

 

Badger volleyball sweeps Gophers for second time

The Wisconsin women’s volleyball team earned a second straight Border Battle victory, sweeping Minnesota for the second time this week.

Saturday’s match came at the sold out UW-Fieldhouse as the fifth-ranked Badgers (16-2, 7-1 Big Ten) pulled out a 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 three-set victory over the Gophers (13-6, 3-5).  It gives the Badgers their seventh straight Big Ten victory.

The Badgers resume Big Ten play on Wednesday as they host Iowa in a 7 p.m. match-up at the UW Field House.

Top ranked Wisconsin falls twice in women’s hockey

The number-1 ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team fell to second-ranked Minnesota 2-1 in overtime on Saturday, as the Gophers swept the two-game weekend series in Madison.

With Minnesota trailing 1-0 late in the third period, Rachael Bona fired a wrister past Ann-Renee Desbiens to tie the game 1-1 and force overtime at LaBahn Arena.

In OT, the Gophers (5-0-1, 3-0-1-0) caught the Badgers (6-2-0, 4-2-0-0) in a line change and took advantage of a turnover when Rachel Ramsey scored with just a minute left in overtime.

The teams combined for 76 shots, as Wisconsin outshot Minnesota 41-36.

The Badgers return to the ice next Friday for a two-game road series at Bemidji State.

Kaminsky not comfortable being big man on campus

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten Conference this season.  To add to the target that will be on the back of the Badgers this season is the fact that big man Frank Kaminsky is the unanimous choice as the Preseason Player of the Year.  Kaminsky is joined on the All Big-Ten first team by forward Sam Dekker.

After a breakout season last year, leading the Badgers to the Final Four, Kaminsky is now the star attraction in Madison.  But the 7-footer isn’t necessarily comfortable with it.

AUDIO: Frank Kaminsky on going from reletively unknown to preseason Player of the Year :17

At the Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Kaminsky said, “I’m more impressed with the fact that as a team, we’re picked to win the Big Ten.  That’s more impressive too because you can get a plaque saying you won all-Big Ten, but I want a Big Ten Championship ring.”

AUDIO: Frank Kaminsky said they have unfinished business :11

Kaminsky has put the Final Four semifinal loss to Kentucky behind him, but he’s used it as motivation to get better.  After scoring 28 points and pulling down 11 rebounds to get past Arizona in the Elite Eight, Kaminsky scored just eight points against Kentucky.

Kaminsky said he wasn’t ready for what Kentucky threw at him.  He said he plans to be ready next time.

The Badgers open their season with a Nov. 5 exhibition game against UW-Parkside and Nov. 14 against Northern Kentucky at the Kohl Center.