Badger Sports Roundup: The week in preview

A glance at the week ahead for Wisconsin athletics

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FOOTBALL

The Badgers (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten), ranked 12th in the latest coaches poll and 14th according to the Associated Press, will host Purdue (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 18. Purdue is ranked 13th by the A.P. and 15th by the coaches. Kickoff is set for 11:01 a.m. CDT. ESPN's Gameday show will also be in Madison in this weekend.

VOLLEYBALL

The 21st-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team (12-5, 4-2) is in a five-way tie for second in the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers take on surprising Purdue (11-5, 4-2), which is also tied for second place in the league, Friday at 7 p.m., in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility in West Lafayette, Ind. On Saturday, Wisconsin faces off against Indiana (9-8, 2-4) at 7 p.m. in the University Gym in Bloomington, Ind. The Boilermakers host the Hoosiers Wednesday.

Penn State (16-2, 5-1) is in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Illinois (13-3, 4-2), Minnesota (11-7, 4-2) and Michigan (12-5, 4-2) are also tied for second place.

The Badgers split in Big Ten action last weekend, sweeping Iowa 3-0 Friday before losing to defending Big Ten champion Minnesota, 2-3, on Sunday. Freshman Amy Bladow tied two career bests on the weekend. She led the Badgers with eight blocks vs. Iowa and had a team-best 14 kills against Minnesota.

Jill Odenthal and Aubrey Meierotto lead the team in kill with 225 and 201, respectively. Sheila Shaw leads the team with a .326 hitting percentage.

MEN'S HOCKEY

The Badgers (1-1-0), fresh off a second-place finish at the season-opening Maverick Stampede tournament, opens WCHA play with a trip to St. Cloud State (0-0-0) on Friday and Saturday.

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves was an assistant at St. Cloud State in the 1987-88 season.

The Badgers were 1-0-1 against St. Cloud State last season.

Wisconsin opened its season with a 4-3 overtime win over host Nebraska-Omaha before losing in Saturday's tournament championship game, 6-2, to Maine. Seven freshman saw ice time last week, accounting for three of the team's six goals and eight of the team's 16 points in Omaha, Neb.

Freshman center Andrew Joudrey tallied a goal and two assists over the weekend and was named WCHA Rookie of the Week.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

Wisconsin (2-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) travels to Maine (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East) for a two-game road series Sunday, Oct. 19 and Monday, Oct. 20 with game time set for 1 p.m. CST

The Badgers are rated No. 6 in the latest USCHO.com college hockey poll.

Wisconsin swept a two-game non-conference series against Vermont to open up the 2003-04 season. The Badgers shutout the visiting Catamounts 2-0 Friday night and 7-0 Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center in the first meetings between these two teams. Sophomore Nikki Burish and freshman Meaghan Mikkelson led the Badgers with two goals a piece, while Burish (2-1-3) and junior Molly Engstrom (1-2-3) each finished with three points

Mikkelson, who scored one goal in each game, was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week.

Wisconsin used all three of its goalies to earn the back-to-back shutouts. Sophomore Meghan Horras earned the win in net Friday night, while sophomore Jessica Bernal played for two periods and frosh Christine Dufour played the final period Saturday. Wisconsin posted 124 shots on goal compared to Vermont's 19.

The Badgers are now 24-8-5 under second-year head coach Mark Johnson and 86-42-14 in the fifth year of the program.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The Wisconsin men's cross country team travels to La Crosse for the Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The Badgers finished second at last year's meet, behind Minnesota. UW is heading into the 8,000-meter competition at Maple Grove Golf Course with two consecutive first-place finishes in the 2003 season. The Jim Drews Invite will be the team's final tune-up before the Big Ten Championship Nov. 2.

 For the fourth week in a row, the UW men's cross country team continued to hold its No. 2 position in the Mondo Men's cross country poll issued on Oct. 6. Wisconsin is the only team besides No. 1 Stanford to receive any first-place votes.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The Wisconsin women's cross country team's next meet is Saturday, Oct. 18 the Pre-NCAA Meet in Waterloo, Iowa. The meet is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. This is the Badgers' last meet prior to the Nov. 2 Big Ten Championship in East Lansing, Mich.

The Badgers won their second consecutive meet title at the 12-team Dan Huston Invitational on Saturday. With seven UW runners placing among the top 10, Wisconsin defeated its closest competition, host Wartburg, by 58 points. Former Boston College standout, Maggie Guiney was Wisconsin's top finisher. Guiney's 14:10 effort in the 4K event earned her second-place overall.

MEN'S SOCCER

The men's soccer team (7-7-0, 1-2-0 Big Ten) remains at home on Wednesday to host the Marquette Golden Eagles (6-5-1, 3-1-1 Conference USA). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

On Sunday, Oct. 19, the Badgers travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to continue conference play against the Michigan Wolverines. The Wolverines are 9-4-0 overall, and 1-1-0 in the Big Ten.

Playing a man short for most of the game, Wisconsin fell 3-0 to Indiana this past Friday. Junior forward Jed Hohlbein was lost to a red card early in the first half.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Wisconsin posted a victory in its only match last week, winning 2-1 at Iowa Friday. Katy Lindenmuth tallied her third goal of the season while Molly Meuer recorded her third for the game-winner in the 72nd minute. UW out shot the Hawkeyes 14-10. Freshman Stefani Szczechowski made five saves in goal to pick up the win. The Badgers improved to 7-6-1 overall and 3-4-0 in the Big Ten with the victory.

UW improved to a perfect 7-0-0 this season when it scores two goals or more in a match this season.

The Badgers face a stiff test on the road this weekend. UW travels to 12th-ranked Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. Friday and No. 14 Penn State at 11 a.m. Sunday.

MEN'S GOLF

The Wisconsin men's golf team will complete its fall season this Monday and Tuesday at the 2003 Xavier Provident Invitational at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio.

Wisconsin finished in ninth place last week at the Missouri Invitational, but in the third round shot UW's lowest 18-hole team total since the Xavier Invitational in October, 2001.

With rounds of 298-300-288, the Badgers totaled an 886 for the tournament. Freshman Garrett Jones took charge of the Badger squad last week, tying for 21st place individually and carding scores of 72-71-73-216.

MEN'S ROWING

The team opens its fall racing season with the Head of the Charles. The men were second last year to the U.S National team in the eight. The four was 22nd, while the lightweight four also finished as runners-up.

WOMEN'S OPENWEIGHT ROWING

After taking the women's eight and women's four last week at the Head of the Rock, the Badgers visit the Charles River for the Head of the Charles in Boston.

The women's eight was 14th at last year's event, while the women's four was 12th.

WOMEN'S LIGHTWEIGHT ROWING

Wisconsin travels to Boston for the Head of the Charles regatta this week. The regatta is the world's largest two-day rowing event.

The lightweights were fourth in the lightweight eight at last year's Head of the Charles. The four was 23rd in the lightweight four.

The lightweights took eighth in the openweight race and the top three spots in the lightweight four last week at the Head of the Rock in Rockford, Ill., last week.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S SWIMMING

The Badgers men and women opened the 2003-04 season with impressive performances at the Wisconsin Invitational held last Friday at the UW Natatorium. The Wisconsin men won all 11 swimming events, while the women placed first in all 13 events.

The UW men were led by Adam Mania who set a pool record of 48.96 in the 100 backstroke while swimming the leadoff leg of the 400 medley relay. Mania was also a member of the 400 free relay team that set a pool record time of 3:00.27 and finished first in the 200 individual medley.

Matt Marshall and Tim Liebhold each won two individual events. Marshall won the 50 free and the 200 butterfly, while Liebhold was first in the 1000 free and the 200 backstroke. Other UW winners included Pat Torpey (200 free), Dale Rogers (100 free), Eric Wiesner (500 free) and Kevin Zakrzewski (200 breaststroke).

Bethany Pendleton paced the Badger women, winning the 200 IM and the 500 free while also swimming the anchor leg of the victorious 400 free relay. Amanda Witte swept both diving events, placing first on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Wisconsin also got top finishes from Amanda Rice (1000 free), Anna Trinidad (200 free), Sarah Hernandez (50 free), Emily Pisula (200 fly), Emily Carpenter (100 free), Susan Johnson (200 back), Sierra Lewis (200 breast) and the 400 medley relay squad.


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