The Badger football team (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten), ranked No. 22 according to the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No. 23 by the Associated Press, hosts No. 3 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. CDT.
The No. 20 Wisconsin volleyball team (3-1 Big Ten, 11-4 overall) returns home to the UW Field House for a match Friday at 7 p.m. against Iowa (0-4, 5-9) at the UW Field House. Sunday at 2 p.m. Wisconsin will host defending Big Ten conference champion Minnesota (2-2, 9-7). Fox Sports North will televise Sundays game.
The Badgers went 1-1 in Big Ten road matches last week. Wisconsin lost at 14th-ranked Michigan State, 1-3, before edging Michigan, 3-2, in Ann Arbor. Sophomore Sheila Shaw recorded a career high six service aces, including four straight in Game 1, to lead Wisconsin over the Wolverines.
Against Michigan State senior setter Morgan Shields became the fifth player in school history to record 3,000 assists. She now has 3,126. She leads the Big Ten with a 13.94 assists per game average in Big Ten games.
Wisconsin leads the conference with 2.11 service aces per game.
Wisconsin men's hockey begins the second season of the Mike Eaves era at the Maverick Stampede in Omaha, Neb. The Badgers face host Nebraska-Omaha on Friday at 8 p.m. The game will be live on Fox Sports North.
The Badgers went 13-23-4 overall in 2002-03 and 7-17-4 in the WCHA. The team finished eight in league standings.
Ten freshman join 19 returning letterwinners for the 2003-04 season. Already one freshman, Ryan Suter, has been named WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year by league coaches.
The Wisconsin women's hockey team opens the 2003-04 season this weekend at the Kohl Center. Sixth-ranked Wisconsin will welcome Vermont to the Badger ice, Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:05 p.m., prior to the start of the UW football game at 8 p.m. at Camp Randall.
The Badgers will host a team media day on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the practice rink in the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center, also known as the Shell.
Under second-year head coach Mark Johnson, Wisconsin returns 16 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished 22-8-5 overall and 14-6-4 in the WCHA. The 22 wins ties UW's school record for most wins in a season, while the .700 winning percentage set the school record.
The 2003-04 team captain is Carla MacLeod, a UW junior, and the assistant captains are seniors Meghan Hunter and Steph Millar.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
The Badger women's cross country team, currently ranked 16th in the country, travels to Waverly, Iowa this weekend for the Dan Huston Invitational. The meet will take place on Saturday at the Bremer County Fairgrounds at 10:50 a.m.
Wisconsin won the Loyola Lakefront Invitational last Saturday with 39 points, one better than second-place Nebraska. Five Badgers finished among the top 12, led by individual champion senior Hilary Edmondson with a time of 17:18. Maggie Guiney (sixth at 17:44), Heidi Lane (ninth at 17:56), Linsey Blaisdell (11th, 17:59) and Sarah Kolpin (12th, 18:00) also finished in the top 12.
The men's soccer team, now 7-6-0 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, will host Indiana, Friday, Oct. 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the McClimon Complex. The Hoosiers are 2-4-4 overall and 0-1-1 in the Big Ten.
The Badgers earned back-to-back 1-0 shutouts over UW-Milwaukee and Penn State this past week.
Junior David Martinez scored the lone goal against the Panthers, while freshman Aaron Hohlbein tallied the winning goal against Penn State off of a direct free kick.
After missing two games due to injury, team tri-captain and goalkeeper Eric Hanson returned to the Badger net to earn the shutouts with 11 saves. The Madison, Wis., native now has a conference-leading five shutouts, while UW leads the team standings with six shutouts. The Big Ten named Hanson the defensive player of the week for his performances against UW-Milwaukee and Penn State.
Jed Hohlbein continues to lead the team with 17 points (seven goals, three assists).
The Badgers moved to 6-6-1 overall and 2-4-0 in the Big Ten after splitting a pair of conference matches at home last weekend.
UW fell to Illinois 2-1 on Friday before posting a 2-1 win over Northwestern Sunday. Wisconsin jumped out to a 1-0 lead Friday on a first-half goal by Marla Froelich off an assist from Katy Lindenmuth. However, the Illini battled back with two second-half goals to get the come-from-behind win.
Wisconsin will compete in just one match this week. The Badgers travel to Iowa for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday.
Jenny Kundert leads the team with 15 points (six goals, three assists).
The Wisconsin women's golf team took ninth place in a preview of the 2004 Big Ten Championships at the Scarlet Course of the Ohio State University Golf Complex last weekend.
Next up for the golfers is the Legends Shootout in Wilmington, N.C. on Oct. 6-7.
The women's openweight and lightweight teams continue the fall season with a trip to Rockford, Ill., for the Head of the Rock Regatta on the Rock River, Sunday.
The teams last raced Sept. 20 at the Milwaukee River Challenge. The team raced with mixed boats and finished second in both the women's eight and four.
Both the openweights and lightweights won their respective eight races at last year's Head of the Rock.
The Badgers wrapped up their fall exhibition season with a pair of wins over Winona (Minn.) State Saturday at Goodman Diamond. Wisconsin pounded out 14 hits in winning the opener 12-1 before taking the nightcap 4-1. UW completed its fall season with a record of 5-1-1.
Wisconsin hit four home runs in the opening game against the Warriors. Meghann Reiss hit a pair of round-trippers and Natalie Phillips and Kris Zacher hit one apiece. Zacher went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, while freshman Athena Vasquez went 3-for-4 with a double, two triples and four RBI. Reiss also collected four runs batted in. Sara Gonzales struck out six over five innings of work to pick up the win.
Freshman Eden Brock earned the victory in the pitcher's circle in Game Two. She allowed just one unearned run while striking out four. Vasquez went two-for-two and Zacher had a two-run triple.
MEN'S & WOMEN'S SWIMMING
The Badgers open up the 2003-04 season at 2 p.m. Friday at the UW Natatorium when they host the Wisconsin Invitational. UW-Stevens Point, UW-River Falls, UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee will also compete.
The Wisconsin men return six swimmers that earned All-America honors last season, while the Badger women return four. Last season the women finished second at the Big Ten championships and 12th at the NCAA championships last season, while the men placed fifth and 13th, respectively.
The Wisconsin men's tennis doubles team Alex Kasarov and David Hippee qualified for the main draw in the ITA tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. The two will play in singles competition Tuesday and Wednesday. Doubles competition begins Thursday.
The Badgers will host Marquette, Iowa, Nebraska, Northern Illinois and Minnesota in the Wisconsin Invitational this weekend at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Senior Shana McElroy will compete in the qualifying round of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships this week in Los Angeles, Calif. McElroy participated in the event last year advancing to the second round of the qualifier. Next up for the Badgers is the Northwestern Invitational this weekend in Evanston, Ill.