November 25, 2015

Volleyball: 10th ranked Badgers win 10th straight

Badger senior Taylor Morey (Photo by David Stluka)

Badger senior Taylor Morey (Photo by David Stluka)

The 10th ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team honored their lone senior Taylor Morey on senior day at the UW-Field House, then went out and swept 16th ranked Ohio State for their tenth straight win.

In front of the fifth sold-out crowd of  the season at the Field House, the Badgers (22-6, 14-4 Big Ten) downed the Buckeyes 25-21, 25-16, 25-21 on Sunday afternoon.

The Badgers got revenge on the Buckeyes after dropping a five-set match earlier this season in Columbus.

Wisconsin hit .321 (46 kills – 12 errors – 106 total attempts) to highlight the team’s balanced offense and held Ohio State to .205 (39-16-112).

The Badgers welcome Rutgers to the Field House on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before traveling to number-15 Purdue on Saturday for the Big Ten finale.

The 64-team bracket for the 2015 NCAA Tournament will be announced on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. live on ESPNU.


Badger volleyball extends win streak to nine

Haleigh Nelson (13)

Haleigh Nelson (13)

The 10th ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team knocked off 18th ranked Illinois in a five-set Big Ten thriller on Wednesday night in Champaign, Illinois.

The Badgers earned a 25-22, 10-25, 25-22, 26-28, 15-12 victory, their ninth straight win.

“This has got to be our best win of the year,” UW Head Coach Kelly Sheffield said.  “It was kind of an ugly match, a very defensive match.  We came out there in game two and got pummeled, but in the locker room we said ‘hey, we haven’t been challenged in a while, let’s embrace that and this will feel way better if we can stay with the fight.'”

Wisconsin junior Haleigh Nelson, the Badgers overcame offensive struggles to find a way to win.  Wisconsin (21-6, 13-4 Big Ten) hit .160 (65 kills – 35 errors – 188 total errors) against a stingy Illini defense while Illinois hit .200 (63-26-185).

At the net, Nelson totaled seven blocks to pace the Badgers, who will look to extend their win streak to 10 matches when they host 16th ranked Ohio State on Sunday at 1pm at the UW-Field House.

Biegel considering the NFL

Vince Biegel (Photo by David Stluka)

Vince Biegel (Photo by David Stluka)

Wisconsin Badger outside linebacker Vince Biegel says he plans to explore his National Football League options after the season.

The redshirt junior from Wisconsin Rapids is second on the squad in sacks (6), tackles for loss (10 1/2) and hurries (seven).  He said he plans to explore his options after the season by seeking an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

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Badger volleyball team extends win streak

Badgers rock the houseThe Wisconsin Badger women’s volleyball team extended their win streak to seven and swept their fourth straight opponent, downing the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Wednesday night.

The 11th-ranked Badgers picked up their second sweep against the Wolverines in just five days, pulling out a 25-20, 25-19 and 25-19 victory.

The Badgers (19-6, 11-4 Big Ten) relied on their dominating presence at the net to overwhelm the Wolverines.  The Badgers hit .295 942 kills – 11 errors – 105 total attempts) and held Michigan to just .103 (33-22-107).

On defense, Wisconsin out-blocked Michigan 13-7 to tie its season high.

The Badgers are back in action this Saturday at the UW Field House to take on Iowa at 7 p.m.

Badger volleyball sweeps Michigan State

Motion WThe 13th ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team posted their 3rd straight shutout and 6th consecutive win overall, knocking off the Michigan State Spartans 25-12, 25-13, 25-17 on Sunday in front of a sold out UW-Field House.

The Badgers (18-6, 10-4 Big Ten) displayed their strength in all areas of the court by hitting .365 (38 kills – 11 errors – 74 total attempts) and holding MSU to just .012 (24-23084).

Next up, the Badgers hit the road after a four-match home stretch to face No. 25 Michigan for the second-time in six days when they travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the second time in six days when they travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. match.  UW downed the Wolverines in three sets last Friday in the Field House.