Badger Sports Roundup: The week in preview

A look at the coming week in Wisconsin athletics

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Men's and women's Cross Country: Big Ten Championships at Michigan State, Nov. 2


The Wisconsin's men's and women's cross country teams will compete for conference titles this weekend. The men's team is looking for its fifth consecutive conference crown and enters the meet riding high—the Badgers are ranked No. 2 in the country and have finished first in all three of their competitions this season. Wisconsin's men's team is led by junior Josh Spiker and sophomore Simon Bairu.


Wisconsin's women's team is ranked No. 18 in the country heading into the Big Ten meet. The Badgers have won two invites this season and most recently finished seventh at the 33-team pre-NCAA meet in Waterloo, Iowa. Seniors Hilary Edmondson and Maggie Guiney lead the Badgers.


Volleyball: Wisconsin at Minnesota, Oct. 31, 7 p.m.; Wisconsin at Iowa, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.


The Badgers enter the stretch drive in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten after match victories over Penn State and Ohio State Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, respectively.


Wisconsin (8-2 Big Ten, 16-5 overall) is tied with Illinois (8-2, 17-3) and this week's first opponent, a resurgent Minnesota (8-2, 15-7) squad. The Badgers follow the contest with the Gophers with a trip to Iowa City for a match with Iowa, the conference's last place team (0-10, 5-15).


Team leaders

Kills: Jill Odenthal, 280

Assists: Morgan Shields, 1,076

Digs: Jill Maier, 267

Blocks: Sheila Shaw, 61

Aces: Shaw, 40


Women's hockey: Ohio State at Wisconsin, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, 2:05 p.m.


The Badgers (0-2-0 WCHA, 4-2-0 overall) look to bounce back after losing twice over the weekend to No. 1 Minnesota. Wisconsin began its week with a 6-1 win over Maine Oct. 20, and rose one spot to No. 6 in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online rankings, released Monday.


Ohio State has opened its season with four straight losses, but those defeats came at the hands of Minnesota and defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth.


Team leaders

Points: Sara Bauer, 7

Goals: Jackie Friesen, 4

Assists: Bauer, 6

Saves: Meghan Horras, 48 (.923 save percentage)


Women's soccer: UW-Milwaukee at Wisconsin, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.; UW-Green Bay at Wisconsin, Nov. 2, 1 p.m.


The Badgers concluded their Big Ten schedule Oct. 24 with a 4-3 win at Minnesota. Wisconsin (4-6-0 Big Ten, 8-8-1 overall) will conclude its regular season with a pair of non-conference games with in-state rivals UW-Milwaukee (5-1-0 Horizon, 8-7-1 overall) and UW-Green Bay (4-2-0 Horizon, 7-7-1 overall). The Badgers will then set their sites on the Big Ten Tournament, Nov. 6-9.


Wisconsin senior forward Jenny Kundert is just three assists shy of the school career record (26). Kundert has three assists this season.


Team leaders

Points: Katy Lindenmuth 18

Goals: Lindenmuth, Jenny Kundert, 6

Assists: Lindenmuth, 6

Saves: Stefani Szczechowski, 39 (19 goals allowed)


Men's soccer: Wisconsin at Northwestern, Nov. 2, 1 p.m.


Wisconsin (1-4-0 Big Ten, 9-9-0 overall) closes out its conference season against the Wildcats (0-3-2, 6-6-5) at the McClimon Track and Soccer Complex.


The Badgers have won two non-conference games in the past two weeks, but a 1-0 loss to Michigan State Sunday was the team's third straight Big Ten defeat.


Team leaders

Points: Jed Hohlbein, 22

Goals: Hohlbein, 9

Assists: Hohlbein, 4

Saves: Eric Hanson, 62 (22 goals allowed)


Women's golf: Wisconsin in Landfall Traditional at UNC-Wilmington, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.


The Badgers compete for the first time in more than three weeks when they head to North Carolina for the Landfall Traditional, the team's final event in the falls season.


Senior Malinda Johnson leads Wisconsin with a 73.4 average per round.


Men's crew: Wisconsin in American Heritage Regatta in Wyandotte, Mich., Nov. 2


The Badgers men's rowing teams continue to cruise, having taken first place in all five races it entered in Sunday's Head of the Iowa competition. Wisconsin placed boats in the top three slots in open eight, open four, open pair and novice four while placing first, fifth and eighth in the novice eight, respectively.


Last season, Wisconsin swept the top positions in every event the team entered at the American Heritage Regatta.


Men's and women's swimming: Wisconsin at Arizona Invitational, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1


Wisconsin's men's and women's swimming teams coasted to dual meet victories over Iowa Oct. 25 and are set for competition at the Arizona Invitational. The women's team won all 16 events against Iowa after winning all 13 events at the season-opening Wisconsin Invite. The men's team won all 11 events at the Wisconsin invite and took 12 of 13 from Iowa.


Men's basketball Scrimmage: Family Fun Day at the Kohl Center, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.


Wisconsin fans will receive their first glimpse of the two-time defending Big Ten champion men's basketball team this Thursday.


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