Volleyball visits Texas for first round of NCAAs
The Wisconsin volleyball team will head to Texas Dec. 5 for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers (21-10 overall) will face Arizona (17-14) Friday night in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M, the 16th seed in the tournament, is hosting the first and second rounds. Wisconsin coach Pete Waite was surprised at the tournament's decision.
"I can never predict the NCAA tournament pairings," Waite said. "It's hard to understand why some people host. I actually thought we might stay and have to play against a Big Ten team – maybe Minnesota or at Illinois. But we're traveling now, that surprises me."
Arizona, ranked No. 21 and tied for fifth place in the Pac-10 conference, boasts sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass, who sits among the top in the nation with 5.62 kills per game.
Seven Big Ten schools will participate in the tournament, the most schools from one conference in the tournament. Penn State, the top team in the conference, will host the first two rounds, along with Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan State. Michigan and Northwestern are also in the tournament.
Wisconsin grapplers defeat Northern Illinois
The No. 19 wrestling team crushed Northern Illinois at home, handing the Huskies a 27-9 loss.
Wisconsin won five of the first six matches of the day, including wins from sophomore Kelly Flaherty (174 pounds), sophomore Lee Kraemer (197) and sophomore Tom Clum (125). Redshirt freshman Cole Wunnicke (149) defeated No. 16 Josh Wooton in double overtime, scoring on the final takedown for his first win in dual competition this season.
Wisconsin next visits Philadelphia Friday for duals against Drexel and No. 12 Penn before facing Princeton and Hofstra Saturday.