Badger Sports Roundup, Nov. 15

In this edition: women's hockey prevails while men's soccer, volleyball fall short. Also, women's golf officially announces recruiting class and a swimmer earns national acclaim

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Men's soccer falls to Indiana


The men's soccer team suffered a 1-0 defeat to top-seeded Indiana in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.


Indiana put the game away with its only goal in the second half, as midfielder Pat Yates took a pass from forward Ned Grabavoy and fired a shot past Wisconsin junior goaltender Eric Hanson.


The Badgers finish the season 11-10-1. Indiana (12-3-4) will play No. 6 seed Penn State Sunday in the championship game.


Hanson had seven saves while IU goalie Jay Nolly had only one.


Wildcats hand UW volleyball loss


The Wisconsin volleyball team fell to 10-5 in the Big Ten and 18-8 overall after Northwestern handed the team a tough loss Friday night.


The No. 23 Badgers suffered at the hands of the Wildcats (8-8 Big Ten, 17-11 overall), losing 24-30, 30-23, 35-33 and 30-26. The loss puts Wisconsin in a fourth place-tie in the Big Ten with Michigan State (10-5, 18-8). Penn State (12-3, 23-4) leads the conference, while Illinois (11-4, 20-5) and Minnesota (11-4, 18-9) are tied for second.


For the Badgers, sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto had a match-high 18 kills while senior outside hitter Lisa Zukowski and sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw had 13 apiece. Junior outside hitter Jill Odenthal had 12 kills. Northwestern led the Badgers in kills 69-66, although Wisconsin's hitting percentage of .258 topped the Wildcats' .217.


On defense, the Badgers had 68 digs; senior defensive specialist/libero Jill Maier contributed 14 while senior setter Morgan Shields had 12. Northwestern had 52 total digs. Northwestern and Wisconsin tied in blocking with 12 each and Shaw earned a season-high nine blocks, including two solos. In service aces, Northwestern dominated with nine compared to Wisconsin's six. Half of those came from Odenthal, who earned all three of her team-leading aces in the first game. 


Wisconsin next faces Illinois Saturday on the road.


Women's hockey shuts out Minnesota State


The No. 7 women's hockey team (4-3-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association, 8-3-0 overall) easily skated past Minnesota State-Mankato, shutting out the Mavericks 3-0 on the road.


Minnesota State (4-1-0 WCHA, 7-2-0 overall) had penalty trouble early in the game, helping the Badgers get out to a quick lead.


Junior forward Jackie Friesen led the scoring with a power play goal at 6:26 in the first period on an assist from junior defender Nicole Uliasz. Just more than 10 minutes later, Wisconsin was back on the scoreboard after senior forward Steph Millar passed the puck to senior forward Meghan Hunter, who put it past Minnesota State goaltender Shari Vogt.


Although the Mavericks took seven shots on goal in the second period, none got past freshman goaltender Christine Dufour, who made nine saves in her second shutout of the season.


Wisconsin senior forward Karen Rickard earned a goal late in the second period off a Millar assist to build a 3-0 edge.


Vogt had 37 saves, including 12 in the third period. Wisconsin closes out the two-game set at Mankato Saturday.


UW swimmer named National Swimmer of the Week


Junior Carly Piper was named National Swimmer of the Week for the week ending Nov. 9. She earned the honor for winning three individual events in the women's 142-100 win over Indiana Nov. 7.


As of last week, Piper's time in the 1,000-yard freestyle of 9:51.27 was the fourth-best in the nation, while her 500-yard freestyle time of 4:49.84 was 12th and her 200-yard freestyle (1:49.61) was 14th.


Women's golf signs two


The incoming freshmen joining the women's golf team next season come from as close as Madison and as far away as California. In his first year at Wisconsin coach Todd Oehrlein signed Edgewood High  School senior Katie Elliott and senior Mayumi Kobayashi, who hails from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.  Both women have signed national letters of intent.


Elliott recently earned the accolade of the 2003 Wisconsin PGA Player of the Year as well as the Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association Player of the Year. Elliott has dominated in the city of Madison, as she was named the high school city player of the year three times. She also won 13 of 16 statewide matches, including the WIAA Division 2 state title. Elliott is an honor roll student and participates in the National Honor Society.


Kobayashi, originally from Kyoto, Japan, was a 2003 American Junior Golf Association Polo All-American honorable mention and a high school MVP three times. While in high school, Kobayashi set the women's record at the Valencia Country Club in Valencia, Calif., by shooting a 67 in August 2002.

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