The 24th-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team (8-3) opens Big Ten Conference play this weekend in the UW Field House. The Badgers take on Northwestern (9-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. in the 13th-annual Steve Lowe Night. On Saturday, Wisconsin faces off against Illinois (9-1) at 7 p.m.
Wisconsin went 2-1 at the Georgia Tech Invitational last weekend. The Badgers won the first two games against fifth-ranked Georgia Tech but could not hold off the Yellow Jackets. Wisconsin came back with 3-0 wins over South Florida and Western Carolina.
In the match against Georgia Tech, the Badgers set a school record with a .340 hitting percentage.
Senior Lisa Zukowski and sophomore Aubrey Meierotto were named all-tournament.
Senior setter Morgan Shields has moved into fifth place in UW history 2,875 assists. She has averaged 12.45 assists per game during her career and is averaging 13.03 per game this season.
Junior Jill Odenthal leads the team with 4.06 kills per game.
Men's cross country
The Badgers, ranked No. 2 in the country, travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 27. The race will be held on the Les Bolstad Cross Country Course and will begin at 11 a.m. Wisconsin will be one of four Big Ten teams competing at the race. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota are the others.
This will be Wisconsin's second meet of the year. The UW opened the season with a win at the Iowa Invitational on Aug. 29.
Women's cross country
The UW women's cross country team competes in Palo Alto, Calif., at the Stanford Invitational on Sat., Sept. 27 at the Stanford Golf Course. The meet is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. CST. Host school Stanford was ranked second in the national preseason poll.
The Badgers opened the season on Sept. 12 at the Tennessee adidas Invitational. Wisconsin was second in the three-team event, behind 14th-ranked North Carolina State. Michelle Lilienthal led Badger individuals with a time of 17:40.3, good for third overall.
Led by senior Malinda Johnson, the Badgers placed fifth out of 16 teams with a 320-306-314-940 at the Mary Fossum Invitational. Johnson finished in a tie for fifth place individually after shooting an 80-72-74-226.
Host Michigan State won the tournament with a 901, while UW's 940 paced the rest of the Big Ten competitors.
Johnson's 74 average through five rounds currently leads the Badgers.
Wisconsin (4-5, 0-0 Big Ten) returns home this week to play Illinois Chicago (5-2, 0-2 Horizon League) Wednesday at the McClimon Complex at 7:30 p.m. The Badgers open the Big Ten season at home Sunday against Ohio State (1-6-1, 0-0 Big Ten). The game at starts at noon.
The Badgers earned a weekend split on the road at the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic this past weekend. UW defeated Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 5-0 Friday night, but the Badgers were edged out 3-2 on a late rally by the host Flyers Sunday afternoon.
Junior Jed Hohlbein finished the weekend with three goals, while fellow junior Nick Van Sicklen and freshman Reid Johnson each had two.
After a stretch of six consecutive home matches, the Badgers hit the road for the first time in Big Ten play. Wisconsin (5-3-1 overall, 1-1-0 Big Ten) travels to the state of Michigan this weekend to take on Michigan (1-4-3, 0-1-1) at 3 p.m. Friday before moving on to face Michigan State (5-2-0, 1-1-0) at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Badgers posted a 1-1 record at home in their opening weekend of Big Ten play. Wisconsin opened conference action with a 2-0 victory over Indiana Friday night, but fell 1-0 to Purdue on Sunday.
Jenny Kundert scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season and Kara Kabellis added her third of the year on a second-half penalty kick. Freshman Stefani Szczechowski made three saves in picking up her second shutout of the year.
The Badgers fell at the hands of Purdue despite out shooting the Boilermakers 14-7 and holding a 12-3 edge in corner kicks.
With the victory over Indiana, UW improved 6-3-1 in Big Ten season openers since the Conference began sponsoring women's soccer in 1994. The Badgers are now 5-1 when they play their Big Ten opener at home.
Kundert and sophomore midfielder Katy Lindenmuth will be reunited with high school teammates this weekend. Kundert was a prep teammate of Michigan State goaltender Stacy Heller at Madison West High School (Madison, Wis.). Two weeks ago, Kundert was named Big Ten offensive player of the week and Heller was named defensive player of the week. Lindenmuth will be reunited with Michigan's backup goalie, Rebecca Bald. They each attended Geneva High in Geneva, Ill.
Kundert currently leads all Badgers with 13 points (five goals, three assists) and 22 shot attempts.
Wisconsin's women's rowing teams will race its alumni on Saturday on Lake Mendota. The time for the race is to be determined.
The Badgers opened their 2003-04 season last weekend at the Milwaukee River Challenge. Racing mixed boats that included both openweight and lightweight rowers, the UW's top finishers were second in the women's eight and women's four.