Badger Sports Roundup, Oct. 25

Badgers have three players of the week; McGaffigan falls in semifinals

Simpson named Big Ten Player of the Week

Freshman setter Jackie Simpson was awarded Big Ten Conference Co-Player of the Week Monday. This is not only Simpson's first honor in her career but the team's first Big Ten Player of the Week award since 2002. Simpson shares the honors with Minnesota sophomore setter Kelly Bowman.

Over the weekend, Simpson had a career-high 67 assists against Michigan. The team had a season-high 80 kills in four games, averaging 20 per game. Simpson recorded a double-double against Michigan State Friday night, with 38 assists and 10 digs. She averaged 15 assists, 0.57 kills, 0.86 blocks and 2.43 digs per game.

Pavelski nets WCHA Rookie of the Week honors

Freshman forward Joe Pavelski earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week for the week of Oct. 18-24. In Wisconsin's series against Michigan Tech Oct. 22-23, Pavelski picked up a goal and an assist in each game, including a power-play goal to give the Badgers a 5-3 advantage Friday. Wisconsin eventually won that game 7-3.

Pavelski now has two points in each of his first four college games. He is tied for the overall scoring lead among WCHA rookies with eight points (three goals and five assists).

Lindenmuth earns conference honors

Junior midfielder/forward Katy Lindenmuth was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday, after she scored five points over the weekend. She is currently second on the team in points (14), goals (7) and assists (7).

Lindenmuth had an assist on Wisconsin's second goal in its 2-0 win over UW-Milwaukee Thursday and added two goals in the Badgers' 5-1 win over UW-Green Bay Sunday.

McGaffigan defeated in semifinals of ITA regionals

Senior Wisconsin women's tennis player Katie McGaffigan defeated Notre Dame's Catrina Thompson 6-4 and 7-5 but fell to Northwestern's Christelle Grier to end her run in the ITA Midwest Regional Championships.

McGaffigan advanced to the semifinals after defeating Thompson to face Grier, the top-ranked women's tennis player in the country. McGaffigan lost the first set 6-2 but rebounded with a 6-4 win in the second set. She dropped the third set 6-1.

"She played really well," Wisconsin head coach Patti Henderson said of McGaffigan. "She lost in three sets to Grier, and to get a set against her was a big mental hurdle for future matches. That was a big step."

Grier was slated to meet Northwestern's Audra Cohen in the finals but both have earned spots at the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held Nov. 4-7 in Ann Arbor, Mich. McGaffigan could still qualify for an at-large bid, as the full fields will be announced Tuesday.

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