Badger Sports Roundup, May 26

Johnson named All-American; volleyball recruits announced; rowers named national scholar-athletes; football to face UNLV in 2010 and 2011

Johnson lands All-American honors

Senior golfer Malinda Johnson was named to the National Golf Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American team, the first Wisconsin golfer to earn the acclaim in the program's history. She is one of 40 golfers to make the list, which is voted on by coaches in the NGCA.

Johnson made a name for herself as one of the best golfers in school history, setting a UW career stroke average record of 76.19 and a new season average record of 74.33, which bested her own previous record of 75.94. She also has the school record for low score on 18 holes (66) and tied the record with a 72-hole score of 296.

Johnson advanced to the NCAA Regionals all four years, including her senior campaign, when she tied for 10th with a 227 over 54 holes. She fell just short of advancing to the NCAA Championship round.

Volleyball pegs two more for 2004-05

The Wisconsin volleyball team has added two athletes for the 2004-05 season, head coach Pete Waite announced Wednesday. Maya Carroll will join incoming Badgers Megan Mills, Audra Jeffers, Jocelyn Wack and Taylor Reineke in the fall, while freshman Amanda Berkley joined the team in the spring 2004 semester.

Berkley, a Racine, Wis., native, came on board last spring via campus-wide tryouts. A defensive specialist, she was a two-time all-conference and all-county pick who was also an honor roll student and a two-time team most valuable player while at Racine Park High School.

"Amanda Berkeley actually joined our program last spring as the only player we selected from our on-campus tryout," Waite said. "She does some really good things defensively and she blended in with our team right away."

Carroll will suit up at middle blocker, where she was a first-team all-conference pick and team MVP during her senior year at Whitefish Bay High School. In addition to volleyball, Carroll participated in basketball, where she earned all-conference honors, and in track. She was the state champion in the high jump with a personal-best 5-8 as a sophomore. She will be familiar with future teammates Jeffers and Wack; the three play club volleyball with the Milwaukee Sting.

Five openweight rowers earn academic honors

Five members of the openweight rowing team have more than their trip to the upcoming NCCA Championships to brag about. They have been named national scholar-athletes for their hard work in the classroom, the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association announced Wednesday. Senior varsity eight rower Nicole Weir, the team captain and a first-team All-Big Ten pick, earned a 3.67 grade-point average as a sociology major. Junior Beth Redfearn, a journalism major and the varsity eight coxswain, has a 3.54 GPA while junior psychology major Leah Gordon has a perfect 4.0, which she maintained while rowing for the varsity four. Sophomore Kim Ackerbauer, who competes on the second varsity eight team, has a 3.75 GPA as a pharmacy student. Sophomore second varsity four rower Meghan Filbrandt rounds out the quintet with a 3.5 GPA as a nursing major.

In order to receive the award, student-athletes were required to be in at least their second year of rowing, participate in 75 percent of the races in varsity boats, and maintain a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA through the fall 2003 semester. In addition, their coach must be a member of the CRCA.

The Badgers will compete May 28-30 at the NCAA Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Badgers to face Rebels in next decade

Fans who cannot get tickets to Wisconsin's game against UNLV this season will have the opportunity to do so … in six years. UNLV will visit Madison Sept. 4, 2010, while Wisconsin will visit the Rebels Sept. 3, 2011 in Las Vegas.

The teams will meet this season Sept. 11 at Camp Randall Stadium. UNLV won the last meeting 23-5 Sept. 13 in Madison. Wisconsin is 4-2 against UNLV all-time.

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