Badger Sports Roundup

Volleyball moves up in latest poll; women's hockey ranked sixth in preseason poll; men's hockey receives votes.

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Wisconsin's volleyball team improved three spots to No. 20 in the USA Today/ American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Sept. 29. It is the highest ranking for the Badgers since they came in No. 17 in the pre-season poll.

Defending NCAA champion USC (12-0) remains atop the poll for the sixth straight week and still receives all 65 first-place votes. 2002 final four participants Hawaii (13-1), Florida (14-1) and Stanford (10-2) are ranked second, third and fourth, respectively. Georgia Tech (13-0), which the Badgers took to five games, remains at fifth.

The Big Ten Conference has three teams in the top 25. Penn State (13-1) moved up one spot to No. 11 while Michigan State (9-3) stayed at No. 14.

The Badgers travel to Michigan State on Friday for match at 7 p.m. EDT in Jenison Field House. On Saturday, Wisconsin faces off against Michigan at 7 p.m. EDT in Cliff Keen Arena.

Hockey preseason polls released

The men's and women's Division I preseason polls and the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Division I men's preseason poll were released Sept. 29.

Wisconsin's women's team is rated No. 6 in the poll. The Badgers, who finished 22-8-5 last season, were fifth in the 2002-03 final poll. Wisconsin received 71 points in the initial  top 10 poll. Three-time defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth is No. 1 in the preseason rankings, with eight of 15 first place votes and 138 points.

Despite a rough season last year, Wisconsin's men's hockey team received votes in the Division I men's poll. The Badgers received nine points, the 22nd highest total from the top 15 rankings. Two-time defending national champion Minnesota claimed 25 of 30 first-place votes and earned 445 points.

In the USA Today/AHM poll, Wisconsin claimed 10 points, the 21st highest total resulting from the top 15 poll. Again, Minnesota earned the top spot, with 25 out of 34 first-place votes and 481 total points.

Wisconsin's men's hockey team was 13-23-4 last season.

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