Badger Sports Roundup, the week in preview

A full slate of action for Wisconsin fall sports

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FOOTBALL

The Badger football team (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will play the second of back-to-back road games when it travels to Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 4. Kickoff is set for 12:02 p.m. EDT.

Wisconsin sophomore running back Dwayne Smith was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his 193-yard, three-TD rushing performance in the Badgers' victory at Illinois last Saturday.

MEN'S HOCKEY

Men's hockey officially begins practice on Wednesday, Oct. 1 as the second year of the Mike Eaves era begins.

The team will showcase itself on Friday, Oct. 3 with the Red and White Game at the Kohl Center beginning at 4:30 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.

VOLLEYBALL

The No. 23 Wisconsin volleyball team (10-3, 2-0) takes to the road for the first time this Big Ten Conference season. The Badgers travel to 14th-ranked Michigan State (9-3, 1-1) on Friday for match at 7 p.m. EDT in Jenison Field House. On Saturday, Wisconsin faces off against Michigan (9-4, 1-1) at 7 p.m. EDT in Cliff Keen Arena.

Wisconsin opened the Big Ten season at home last weekend with come-from-behind wins over Northwestern and Illinois. The Badgers lost the first two games against the Wildcats before rallying to win 3-2. On Saturday, Wisconsin dropped the first game to the Illini but rebounded to win 3-1. Sophomore Aubrey Meierotto led the Badgers on the weekend with a career-high 24 kills against Northwestern.

Senior setter Morgan Shields is just one assist shy of 3,000 for her career.

Jill Odenthal and Meierotto lead the team in kills with 181 and 150, respectively.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

UW travels to Chicago Oct. 6 for the Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational. The race will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Montrose Avenue Beach.

The Badgers' placed third among a 26-team field at last Saturday's Stanford Invitational that included three other ranked squads. The Badgers' 88 points placed them ahead of 11th-ranked Arkansas. No. 18 UCLA won the event with 37 points, edging out second-ranked Stanford.

Senior Hilary Edmondson led the UW with an 11th-place finish in 21:42 while Michelle Lilienthal placed 12th in 21:48.

MEN'S SOCCER

Wisconsin (5-6-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) hits the road to play in-state rival UW-Milwaukee (7-3-0, 2-0-0 Horizon League) Wednesday at 3 p.m., followed by a trip to Penn State (5-3-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten), Sunday at noon.

The Badgers defeated Illinois-Chicago 2-0 last Wednesday, but were edged out 1-0 by Ohio State in the Big Ten season opener for both teams Sunday at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

Senior tri-captain Erol Goknur turned in a three-point performance with a goal and an assist against UIC.

Freshman goalkeeper Jake Settle earned his first-ever career starts in net against UIC and OSU. Settle recorded three saves in both games and earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.

Jed Hohlbein continues to lead Wisconsin with 17 points (seven goals, three assists).

WOMEN'S SOCCER

The Badgers dropped both of their Big Ten matches on the road last weekend. Wisconsin fell to 2-0 at Michigan Friday before dropping a 2-1 contest at Michigan State Sunday. Katy Lindenmuth recorded her third goal of the season in Sunday's match. The losses dropped Wisconsin's record to 5-5-1 overall and 1-3-0 in the Big Ten.

UW returns home to the McClimon Complex this weekend for a pair of Big Ten show downs. Illinois comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. match Friday. The Badgers wrap up their brief two-game home series at 1 p.m. Sunday when they take on Northwestern.

Retiring athletic director Pat Richter will be honored in ceremonies prior to the Northwestern match Sunday for his contributions to the UW women's soccer program.

SOFTBALL

The Badgers recorded two wins during their fall exhibition season over the weekend against Saturday afternoon at Goodman Diamond. UW posted a 1-0 win over UW-Parkside before recording a 5-1 win against UW-Green Bay.

Sara Gonzales pitched a complete-game shutout in the opener, allowing just four hits while striking out seven. Anastasia Miller had two hits, including an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. Kristin Zacher had two hits and Miller had two RBI in the nightcap to lead Wisconsin past the Fighting Phoenix. Katie Layne picked up the win, allowing three hits while striking out five. Freshman Eden Brock struck out four over the final three innings to earn the save.

UW wraps up its fall season Saturday at Goodman Diamond when it hosts Winona State in a doubleheader beginning at noon.

MEN'S TENNIS

The men's tennis team travels to Chattanooga, Tenn., this weekend for the ITA All-American Qualifier.

Last weekend the team traveled to Atlanta to open their season, competing in the adidas Invitational. In singles play in the tourney, senior captain Scott Green, senior David Hippee and junior Alex Kasarov all advanced to the quarterfinals in the consolation finals. All three dropped in their match.

Kasarov and Hippee, UW's top doubles pair, withdrew from the doubles competition as a result of an injury. The team advanced to the quarterfinals Friday.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Wisconsin women's tennis heads to Los Angeles this weekend to compete in the ITA All-American Qualifer.

Badger women's tennis concluded their opening weekend with half of the team at the Furman Classic and the other competing in the adidas Invitational in Atlanta.

At Furman, sophomore Lexi Goldin defeated Audrey George of USC, 6-2, 6-3, for third place. Senior Theresa Gonzaga took home sixth place, winning 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 over Penn State's Katelyn BeVard.

In Georgia, freshman Nicole Beck competed in the semifinal round of the consolation bracket. In the end, Paige Brown of Texas Christian proved too much for the newcomer and won, 6-4, 6-0.


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