Badger Sports Roundup

UW to host volleyball showcase; women's golf places 10th; poll roundup for cross country, volleyball, men's and women's hockey and wrestling

Wisconsin to host 2006 College Volleyball Showcase

Wisconsin will host the American Volleyball Coaches Association/National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators College Volleyball Showcase Aug. 25-26, AVCA and NACWAA announced.

Wisconsin will host the four-team event in the UW Field House. The three remaining teams have not been announced. Wisconsin previously competed in the event in 1998 and 2001, placing third both times.

Badgers place 10th at Tyson Invite

The Wisconsin women's golf team placed 10th out of 16 teams at the Tyson/Embassy Suites Invitational Tuesday in Rogers, Ark. Wisconsin recorded a team score of 939 (307-316-316). Freshman Jeana Dahl tied for 20th with a 13-over par 229 (79-74-76) to lead the Badgers. Senior Lindsay McMillan tied for 54th with a 238 (77-82-79), freshman Isabel Alvarez tied for 57th with a 239 (75-82-82), sophomore Katie Elliott tied for 64th with a 241 (76-78-87) and senior Jackie Obermueller tied for 73rd place with a 247 (85-83-79).

Host school Arkansas shot a 876 to win the event while Arkansas' Ashley Medders earned medalist honors with a 4-under 212.

Wrestling ranked in preseason polls

The Wisconsin wrestling team is ranked in three preseason polls. The Badgers sit at No. 15 according to Amateur Wrestling News, No. 16 in W.I.N. Magazine's preseason poll and No. 18 in The's poll. The Badgers finished the 2004-05 season tied for 15th at the NCAA championships.

The Big Ten is extremely well-represented in the polls: nine of the 11 Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 25. Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois are all in the top 10 in each poll, while Indiana, Penn State, Northwestern and Michigan State join Wisconsin to round out the polls. Oklahoma State is the unanimous No. 1 ranked team.

Several Badgers are ranked individually, led by tri-captain All-American Tom Clum, who is ranked No. 2 in all of the polls. Clum, who wrestles at 133 pounds, placed third at the 2005 NCAA Championships and the Big Ten Championships. Tri-captain Kelly Flaherty (174) is ranked No. 9 according to InterMat, and No. 10 in AWN. Wisconsin's third captain, Tyler Turner (149), is ranked No. 9 by AWN and No. 15 by InterMat. Colin Cudd (125) is No. 13 in InterMat and Jake Donar (165) is No. 15 in InterMat and No. 20 in AWN.

In the polls…

The Wisconsin volleyball team moved up a spot to No. 7 in the CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association top 25 coaches poll after sweeping Northwestern and Indiana last week. This is the highest ranking for the 15-2 Badgers since ending the 2001 season No. 7.

Nebraska (18-0) is the top-ranked team while Big Ten foe Penn State (17-2) moved up a spot to No. 3. Minnesota (No. 12), Purdue (No. 17) and Ohio State (No. 20) are also ranked.

The Wisconsin men's cross country team is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA MONDO Division I men's cross country poll, which was released Tuesday. Arkansas retained the top spot with 12 first-place votes, while Wisconsin received four.

Five other Big Ten teams are ranked: No. 11 Iowa (up from No. 14 in the last poll), No. 17 Michigan (up from No. 19), No. 22 Indiana (down from No. 21), No. 23 Minnesota (down from No. 20) and No. 26 Ohio State (down from No. 18).

The Wisconsin men's hockey team (1-1-0) fell from No. 11 to No. 13 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll and the USA Today/American Hockey poll, despite having a bye. Western Collegiate Hockey Association foe Colorado College moved up two spots, from No. 6 to No. 4, in both polls and is the highest ranked WCHA team. Minnesota, formerly No. 1, plummeted to No. 7 in the USCHO poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/American Hockey poll after losing to and tying Alaska-Fairbanks.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team remained at No. 2 in the poll and the USA Today/American Hockey poll after sweeping Vermont over the weekend.

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