Badger Sports Roundup: The Week in Preview

A look ahead at a full week in Wisconsin athletics

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Football: Wisconsin at Minnesota, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. (ESPN).

 

The Badgers (3-2 Big Ten, 6-3 overall) look to get back on track after two consecutive losses stymied the team's Big Ten title hopes.

 

Team Leaders

Rushing: Anthony Davis (595 yards, five touchdowns)

Passing: Jim Sorgi (1,354 yards, seven touchdowns)

Receiving: Lee Evans (40 receptions, 762 yards, six touchdowns)

Tackles: Jeff Mack (73—35 solo, 38 assists)

 

Women's soccer: Big Ten Tournament at Madison's McClimon Track and Soccer Complex, Nov. 6-9.

 

Eighth-seeded Wisconsin (4-6-0 Big Ten, 10-8-1 overall) matches up with top-seed Penn State (9-1-0, 16-2-2) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

 

Wisconsin junior midfielder Molly Meuer was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Monday for her efforts in a two-game stretch during which the Badgers outshot their opponents 45-5.

 

Wisconsin defeated UW-Milwaukee 2-1 and UW-Green Bay 3-0 last week.

 

Team leaders

Points: Katy Lindenmuth 19

Goals: Jenny Kundert, 7

Assists: Lindenmuth, 7

Saves: Stefani Szczechowski, 41 (20 goals allowed)

 

Volleyball: Michigan at Wisconsin, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. and Michigan State at Wisconsin, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Field House in Madison, Wis.

 

Wisconsin is ranked second in the conference after splitting over the weekend, losing to conference-leading Minnesota and defeating hapless Iowa.

 

The 20th-ranked Badgers (17-6, 9-3) return home this weekend  to face fourth-place Michigan (16-7, 8-4) and sixth-place Michigan State (15-7, 7-5).

 

Senior Lisa Zukowski recorded her team-leading 10th double-double of the season with 14 kills and 14 digs in the loss to Minnesota. Sophomore Aubrey Meierotto led the Badgers with 17 kills and a .412 hitting percentage in the win at Iowa last Saturday. Freshman Maria Carlini recorded a career-best six kills and .385 hitting percentage at Iowa. She also shared the team lead with five blocks, including three solos, against the Hawkeyes.

 

Team leaders

Kills: Aubrey Meierotto, 294

Assists: Morgan Shields, 1,170

Digs: Jill Maier, 296

Blocks: Sheila Shaw, 68

Aces: Shaw, 41

 

Men's Hockey: Wisconsin at Michigan Tech, Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 at 6:05 p.m.

 

Wisconsin (3-3-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) resumes action after a week off with a trip to Michigan Tech (2-2-2, 0-1-1).  The Badgers have won four of the last five and are 13-1-0 over the last 14 games in the series against Michigan Tech. MTU's duo of Chris Conner and Colin Murphy share the WCHA lead with 15 points through six games.

 

Team Leaders

Points: Ryan MacMurchy, 6

Goals: Andrew Joudrey, 3

Assists: MacMurchy and Dan Boeser, 4

Saves: Bernd Bruckler, 116 (15 goals allowed)

 

Women's Hockey: Wisconsin at Bemidji State Nov. 7 at 7:05 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2:05 p.m.

 

The Badgers skated to a series split with visiting Ohio State over the weekend, claiming a 3-1 victory to snap a three-game losing streak Sunday. Wisconsin (1-3-0 WCHA, 5-3-0 overall) faces off with Bemidji State (1-6-1, 0-4-0) this weekend.

 

Wisconsin slipped one spot to No. 7 in the latest USCHO.com Women's Division I rankings.

 

Team Leaders

Points: Sara Bauer, 8

Goals: Jackie Friesen, 5

Assists: Bauer, 7

Saves: Meghan Horras, 63 (seven goals allowed)

 

Men's Basketball: Exhibition, Wisconsin versus EA Sports Midwest All-Stars, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.

 

This is the first of two exhibition games for the Badgers. They will host the North Charleston Lowgators of the NBDL on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. The UW opens the regular season on Nov. 21 at Penn.

 

Women's Basketball: Exhibition, Wisconsin versus Minnesota State-Mankato, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.

 

Wisconsin native Lisa Stone makes her coaching debut at Wisconsin in Friday's exhibition. From nearby Oregon, Stone had been the head coach at Drake University the past three years, taking the Bulldogs to the 2002 NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

 

Men's Soccer: Valparaiso at Wisconsin, Nov. 8 at noon in Reddan Park in Verona, Wis.

 

The Badgers (9-9-1, 1-4-1 Big Ten) host the Crusaders (2-12-2, 1-5-0 Mid-Continent Conference) in their final regular-season game on Saturday.

 

Wisconsin battled Northwestern to a 0-0 tie on Sunday, in Evanston, Ill. The tie was the first non-decision under second-year head coach Jeff Rohrman. Junior goalkeeper Eric Hanson collected a season-high nine saves in Sunday's effort and earned his fifth shutout of the year. The Badgers have seven team shutouts.

 

Team leaders

Points: Jed Hohlbein, 22

Goals: Hohlbein, 9

Assists: Hohlbein, 4

Saves: Eric Hanson, 71 (22 goals allowed)

 

Men's and Women's Swimming: Indiana at Wisconsin, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. at the UW Natatorium in Madison, Wis.

 

The Badger men's and women's teams each fell to 1-1 in dual meet action this season when they lost at Arizona on Friday. The Wisconsin women fell to the seventh-ranked Wildcats 172.5-128.5 while the men dropped a 175-121 decision to No. 12 Arizona.

 

Carly Piper didn't let a battle with food poisoning get her down, though, winning both the 500 and 1000 freestyle. She was also a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team and placed second in the 200 free. The Badgers also received first-place finishes from Bethany Pendleton (400 individual medley) and Sarah Hernandez (50 free).

 

The men's and women's teams each found themselves ranked in the first CSCAA dual meet poll of the season when it was released last week. The Wisconsin men are ranked No. 10 in the poll while the women are ranked 12th.

 

Women's Tennis: Badger Blast Tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.

 

The non-conference event will feature Big Ten opponents Northwestern and Iowa. Leading the charge for the Badgers this fall is Lindsay Martin with a record of 7-3 in singles.

 

The Badger Blast is the final event of the UW's 2003 fall season. The spring season dual action begins Jan. 23 at home against Duke.

 

Wrestling: Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich.

 

This will be the Badger's first competition of the 2003-04 season, coming off a 9-7-0 overall record last season while finishing 1-7-0 in the Big Ten.

 

The 2003-04 team is led by tri-captains Ralph DeNisco (Sr., 174), Tyler Laudon (Jr., 141) and Brady Reinke (Jr., 174/184). The Badgers are ranked 25th by The Wrestling Mall, in the preseason and led by 11th-year head coach Barry Davis.

 

Next Sunday, Wisconsin returns home to the UW Field House to host UW-LaCrosse (0-0, 0-0 WIAC) at 2 p.m.


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