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.


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 return from bye, host Maryland today

Warren Herring

Warren Herring

The Wisconsin Badgers have had a week off to get healthy and prepare for the Big Ten stretch drive.  Today, they’ll start that six-game stretch by hosting the Maryland Terrapins at Camp Randall Stadium (11am).

Maryland is coming off a 38-31 come-from-behind win over Iowa last Saturday, a game in which the Terrapins recorded four sacks against the Hawkeyes.

Starting defensive end Andre Monroe leads Maryland in sacks with 5 1/2, while the Terrapins have recorded 19 sacks, which ranks third in the Big Ten.

The Badgers have only allowed four sacks, which is tied for first.  But they don’t throw it as much as most Big Ten teams, relying more on the running of Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement. [Read more...]

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.