Wisconsin, ranked 20th by the coaches and 21st by the Associated Press, opens its 115th football season on Saturday, Aug. 30, at West Virginia. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT. ESPN will televise the game.
Wisconsin was 8-6 last season, finishing in an eighth-place tie in the Big Ten standings with a 2-6 conference record. The Badgers concluded their season with a 31-28 win over Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.
West Virginia finished 9-4 last season, 6-1 in the Big East, good for second place. The Mountaineers lost their last game, 48-22, to Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl.
The Badgers' home-opener is Sept. 6 against Akron. Kickoff for that game is 2:30 p.m.
For the first time since 1993, the Wisconsin (0-0) volleyball team opens the 2003 season at home. The 17th-ranked UW hosts the Badger Invitational on Friday and Saturday in the UW Field House. Wisconsin will take on New Hampshire (0-0), Missouri-Kansas City (0-0) and Washington (0-0) in the round-robin tournament.
The Badgers are ranked 17th in the pre-season USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll. Wisconsin is picked to finish fourth in the 2003 Big Ten Conference race based on a pre-season vote by league coaches. Senior Morgan Shields (Watertown, Wis.) was selected to the 2003 Pre-Season All-Big Ten team.
Last season, the Badger women's volleyball team finished tied for second in the Big Ten at 14-6. Wisconsin was 24-9 overall, finishing No. 18 in the USA Today/AVCA poll. The Badgers advanced to the NCAA tournament but lost in the second round.
Coach Pete Waite begins his fifth year as the head of the UW program. He has the highest winning percentage of any Badger volleyball coach (.812). Seniors Morgan Shields (Watertown, Wis.) and Lisa Zukowski (West Bend, Wis.) have been named co-captains of the Badgers for 2003.
The Badgers kick off their regular-season this weekend hosting the 15th annual Rocky Rococo - Wisconsin Soccer Classic. The UW takes on 20th-ranked New Mexico at 7:30 Friday night. The opening game features 11th-ranked UW-Milwaukee and Northern Illinois. Play continues on Sunday with games at noon and 2:30 p.m.
Head coach Jeff Rohrman is in his second year at the UW, after a 9-10-0 overall mark and 3-3 Big Ten record in his first season. Thirteen new faces will be wearing Cardinal and White this year, making up a recruiting class that was ranked 27th by the College Soccer News.
Captains this season are seniors Erol Goknur and Watson Vaughan Prather and junior Eric Hanson. Nick Van Sicklen and Phil Doeh were the UW's top two scorers a year ago. The next victory at McClimon will be the 50th for the men's soccer program.
The Badgers open their 2003 campaign Friday night in Berkeley, Calif., when they take on California as part of the Cal Invite. The Badgers will also take on St. Mary's (Calif.) on Sunday afternoon.
Dean Duerst's squad returns eight starters from last year's 13-9-3 team that finished second at the Big Ten tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
UW closed out its exhibition season Saturday night at McClimon Soccer Complex with a 3-2 double overtime victory over DePaul. The Badgers overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit, and got the game-winning goal from Emily Kintzer. Marisa Brown and Jenny Kundert also recorded goals. Katy Lindenmuth contributed two assists.
Wisconsin opens its home season at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 when the Badgers take on Kansas at McClimon.
Men's Cross Country
The UW men's cross country team opens its season this Friday, Aug. 29, at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City.
The Badgers are coming off a season in which they won their fourth consecutive Big Ten title and finished second at the NCAA championship. Three All-Americans, juniors Matt Tegenkamp and Josh Spiker and sophomore Bobby Lockhart, return for Wisconsin. This is the first of three meets for UW prior to the 2003 Big Ten Championship, which will be held on Nov. 2 in East Lansing, Mich.
UW Sports Information contributed to this report