September 20, 2014

Wisconsin volleyball remains perfect

The fourth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team remains perfect on the season after a 21-25, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-21 win over tenth-ranked USC in the opening round of the Pac 12/Big 10 showcase.

Wisconsin’s 9-0 start ties for the fourth best in program history.

The Badgers face another big test tonight when they face fifth-ranked Washington in Seattle.


Badgers to appear on ESPN/CBS 15 times this coming season

The Big Ten Conference announced its 2014-15 men’s basketball conference games to be televised by CBS Sports or an ESPN network on Thursday and the University of Wisconsin will be well represented this season.

The Badgers are scheduled to appear on CBS or the ESPN family of networks 15 times in 2014-15 with potential for an additional four games on those outlets.  The Badgers are also set for 11 games to be aired on the Big Ten Network.  In total, all 31 of Wisconsin’s games are scheduled for national television.

Wisconsin will open with an exhibition contest against UW-Parkside before officially tipping off the season on Nov. 14 against Northern Kentucky.

Badger women’s volleyball team stays perfect

The 4th ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team, playing their home opener at the UW Field House, swept the Miami Hurricanes in three straight matches in the opening round of the HotelRED event in Madison.

The Badgers’ 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 victory pushes the team’s record to 6-0.

Prior to the start of action, the Badgers had a banner dropped honoring their 2013 NCAA national runner-up finish.

Wisconsin continues its play in the HotelRED Invitational today (Saturday), facing Missouri State at noon before taking on Ball State at 7:30pm at the UW Field House.

Badgers short on tailbacks

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

Wisconsin Badger freshman tailback Taiwan Deal is expected to be out until the second or third Big Ten Conference game with a hand injury.  Another Wisconsin freshman tailback, Caleb Kinlaw, will redshirt this season.  He’s been dealing with shoulder and hip issues.

To help with the lack of depth, coach Gary Andersen said sophomore cornerback Dare Ogunbowale was moved to tailback during this bye week.  The Badgers could also move sophomore free safety Leo Musso on a part-time basis.

The Badgers are off this weekend.  They’ll return to Camp Randall Stadium a week from Saturday against Bowling Green.


Former “Miracle on Ice” star, Bob Suter passed away at age 57

Bob Suter was part of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team.

Bob Suter was part of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team.

Former UW defenseman and Miracle on Ice star Bob Suter died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack.  He was 57.

“We are all stunned,” UW women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson, who played with Suter on UW’s 1977 NCAA championship team and on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, said in a statement released by UW.  “Everybody is shocked.

Wisconsin men’s coach Mike Eaves also teamed with Suter and Johnson to lead the Badgers to the ’77 NCAA title in Detroit.

“This is a heartbreaking day,” Eaves said in the release.  “Bob was the ultimate teammate.  He could skate like the wind and was as hard of a competitor that I ever knew.

Suter suffered the heart attack at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, using the facility for his work with the Madison Capitols youth program.

Suter went to Madison East High School.  He is the father of Ryan Suter, who played at UW in 2003-04 and last season completed his ninth season in the National Hockey League.

“I was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Suter,” UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said in the UW release.  “The Suter name is synonymous with Badger hockey.