October 25, 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.


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.

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.


Kaminsky named Big Ten preseason Player of the Year

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky was named Big Ten preseason Player of the Year on Thursday and the Badgers were picked to win the Big Ten title, ahead of Michigan State and Ohio State.

The selections were made by a panel of media members who cover the Big Ten.

Kaminisky is the third Wisconsin player to be named Big Ten Player of the Year, joining Alando Tucker (2006-’07) and Devin Harris (2004-’04).  Both Tucker and Harris went on to be named the league’s Player of the Year after the conclusion of the regular season.

Kaminsky and junior forward Sam Dekker were first-team picks.  This is the first time UW has had two players named to the preseason all-conference team.

The Big Ten Conference releases only the top three teams expected to challenge for the title.  It’s the first time Wisconsin was tabbed preseason number-1 under Bo Ryan.

2014-’15 Big Ten Preseason Rankings

1.  Wisconsin
2.  Michigan State
3.  Ohio State

2014-’15 Preseason All-Big Ten Team

Frank Kaminsky – Wisconsin
Sam Dekker – Wisconsin
Yogi Ferrell – Indiana
Caris LeVert – Michigan
Terran Petteway – Nebraska

AUDIO: Bo Ryan said being picked to win the Big Ten is no big deal :13

AUDIO: Bo Ryan says it’s a new season with similar challenges :14



Badger women’s volleyball runs win streak to 6

Ellen Chapman

Ellen Chapman

The 5th-ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team ran their Big Ten win streak to six matches, sweeping Minnesota in a border battle matchup at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis on Wednesday night.

The 25-16, 25-19, 30-28 win marks the first time the Badgers (15-2, 6-1) have won at Minnesota (13-5, 3-4) since 2007.

Senior Ellen Chapman led the Badger offense with 12 kills, tallying double-digit kills for the 10th time this season.  Freshman Kelli Bates and senior Courtney Thomas followed suit, recording 10 and nine kills, respectively.

The conference rivals have only a few days to regroup, as the Badgers return to the UW Field House for another Big Ten showdown against the Gophers on Saturday at 7pm.