The Wisconsin volleyball team will host first and second-round matches in the NCAA Tournament this weekend at the Field House. Wisconsin (19-9) will host Loyola, Notre Dame and Valparaiso Dec. 3-4.
Wisconsin, the 14th seeded team in the tournament, will face Loyola (21-8) at 7 p.m. Friday, while Notre Dame and Valparaiso will meet at 5 p.m. The winners will advance to the second round on Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner will head to regionals, held in Green Bay Dec. 10-11.
"We knew we had a good RPI ranking later in the year here but (we) were concerned that our loss at Purdue might take us out of chance of hosting," head coach Pete Waite said. "So that's a great surprise for everybody – the players, the fans – everyone is excited to be here at home."
This is the Badgers' 13th tournament appearance overall and their ninth consecutive NCAA run. Wisconsin defeated Arizona 3-1 in the first round of the 2003 tournament but fell to Texas A&M 3-0 in the second round.
Wisconsin is one of seven Big Ten teams in the tournament—Penn State is the No. 2 seed and Minnesota, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan and Purdue are also in.
"Seven teams is a lot for any conference," Waite said. "It says a lot for the strength of the conference. My hope is that playing those strong teams prepares us for the NCAA tournament this weekend."
Wrestling takes down Huskies
The No. 17 Wisconsin wrestling team (3-0) defeated Northern Illinois 27-12 Sunday in DeKalb, Ill., picking up a two-game road sweep for the weekend. The Badgers defeated Northern Iowa 20-14 Saturday.
Sophomore Collin Cudd, wrestling at 125 pounds, picked up the team's first win, defeating freshman Chad Vandiver 3-1. No. 13 junior Tom Clum followed suit by defeating No. 10 senior Sam Hiatt 7-4 at 133 pounds. Five Badgers followed suit winning their matches: freshman Craig Henning (149), sophomore Tyler Turner (157), junior Kelly Flaherty (174), redshirt freshman Matt Maciag (184) and junior Ryan Flaherty (197). Junior Tony Turner (141) and redshirt freshman Jake Donar (165) lost their matches and Wisconsin forfeited at the heavyweight class.
Wisconsin will hit the mat at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational next weekend.
"We wrestled a great dual meet today as the guys looked strong coming back hard after yesterday's meet," assistant coach Cory Wallman said. "With a performance like this, we are feeling great about the Vegas Invitational next week."
Volleyball to host first rounds of NCAA Tournament
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