Badger Sports Roundup

Volleyball sweeps NU; Swimmers score Big Ten honors; golf places fourth; rowing results; poll roundup

Volleyball: Badgers sweep Wildcats

Wisconsin rebounded from a loss to Penn State by easily sweeping Northwestern Wednesday at the Field House, silencing the Wildcats 30-17, 30-27, 30-17.

Wisconsin (14-2, 6-1 Big Ten) hit .346 as a team, with opposite hitter Audra Jeffers notching a team-high 15 kills. Middle blockers Taylor Reineke and Sheila Shaw chipped in 10 kills apiece.

"The reason we have done well over the course of the season is that people can't key in on one or two of our players, we've got a good number of strong offensive hitters that come from different areas of the court," Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said.

Wisconsin's defense tied a three-game season high with 15 team blocks (including seven from Reineke and six from Shaw) and held the Wildcats to a .128 hitting percentage. Reineke had a .526 hitting percentage with no errors on 19 attack attempts.

Libero Jocelyn Wack led the team with 16 digs, extending her double-figure digs streak to 47 matches, while Maria Carlini added 12 and Amanda Berkley had 10.

Wisconsin hosts Indiana Friday at the Field House. If the Badgers defeat the Hoosiers, Waite will earn his 100th conference win.

Swimming: Badgers score Big Ten honors

Badger senior swimmer Emily Carpenter and freshman swimmer Scott Rice were each named Big Ten swimmers of the week after they each won two individual races against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay last Saturday. Carpenter, who won the 100 and 200 freestyles, shared the honors with Minnesota's Katie Wind. Rice won the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle and also helped the 200 medley relay team to a win.

Divers senior Amanda Witte and sophomore Josh Bonner earned Big Ten diver of the week honors after each placed second on both the 1- and 3-meter boards.

Men's golf: Badgers place fourth at Xavier Invite

The Wisconsin men's golf team placed fourth at the 19-team Xavier Invitational in Loveland, Ohio, with a 3-under par 861 (283-289-289). Austin Peay State won the team portion after defeating Xavier in a playoff. Both teams tied at 21-under par 843. Xavier boasted individual medalist Josh Streibich, who shot a 14-under par 202.

UW junior Garrett Jones tied for 14th place with a 3-under 213 (70-72-71) to lead the Badgers for the fourth time this season. Sophomore Jeff Kaiser tied for 23rd with an even-par 216 (70-75-71). Freshmen Pat Duffy (36th with a 218), Ben Herrera (46th with a 221) and Tyler Obermueller (60th place with a 225) also competed for the Badgers.

Rowing: Badgers compete at Head of the Rock

The Wisconsin women's openweight and lightweight crew teams competed at the Head of the Rock in Rockford, Ill., Sunday.

The Badgers' varsity lightweight eight boat won its race in 17:71.1, with two novice boats claiming second and third in 18:56 and 20:18.73. The lightweight team competed well in the lightweight four, with Wisconsin's five entrants taking first through fifth place. Wisconsin's first-place boat finished in 18:06.76.

Wisconsin's openweight eight "A" boat also won its race in 15:47.2, ahead of Minnesota (15:57.6) and Notre Dame. Wisconsin's "B" boat placed fourth in 16:02.6.

In the polls…

The Wisconsin men's hockey team slipped from No. 10 to No. 11 in USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and the Division I men's poll after splitting its opening series with St. Lawrence. Western Collegiate Hockey Association foe Minnesota is ranked No. 1 in both polls.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team, after splitting its series with Minnesota-Duluth, retained its second-place standing in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll but fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in the Division I women's poll. UMD moved up a spot, from No. 4 to No. 3, in both polls.

The Badger volleyball team (13-2 overall) stayed at No. 8 in the women's volleyball Division I top 25 poll after sweeping No. 19 Ohio State but getting swept by No. 4 Penn State over the weekend.

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