Badger Sports Roundup

Nolan Polley wins Big Ten title; poll roundup; volleyball signing class; wrestling, rowing results

Men's tennis: Polley Big Ten singles champ

Nolan Polley, a sophomore on the Wisconsin men's tennis team, won the Big Ten Singles Championship Monday in East Lansing, Mich., after winning six straight matches.

Polley defeated 13th-seed Dima Ishtuganov 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 to win the tournament and defeated 15th seed Dara McLoughlin 7-6 (3), 6-3 earlier in the day to advance to the finals.

"It was a great week for Nolan and the program," Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. "I am really proud of the way he competed. He was down a set in the second round and fought his way back to win it."

In the polls…

The Wisconsin men's hockey team is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the U.S. College Hockey Online and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, moving up three spots after tying No. 1 Colorado College 2-2 Friday and defeating the Tigers 3-0 Saturday. This is the highest ranking for Wisconsin (7-2-1, 6-0-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) since Dec. 6, 2004. Michigan is ranked No. 1 in both polls, while Colorado College falls to No. 3 in both polls.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team, after defeating Minnesota State 7-1 Nov. 9, is No. 3 in the poll. The Badgers (9-1-0) sit behind No. 1 St. Lawrence and No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth.

The Wisconsin volleyball team (19-6) dropped two spots, from No. 13 to No. 15, in the CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll after defeating Iowa but falling 3-1 to Minnesota over the weekend. Penn State is ranked No. 2, while Ohio State, Purdue and Minnesota are Nos. 17-19, respectively.

Volleyball: Three sign with Wisconsin

Brittney Dolgner, Caity DuPont and Nikki Klingsporn have all signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at Wisconsin in the fall of 2006, head coach Pete Waite announced Monday.

Dolgner is a 6-0 outside hitter from Waupun who was named the 2004 National Junior of the Year by and the state player of the year in 2004. In addition to earning four WIAA state championships at Waupun High School, Dolgner competed on the 2004 and 2005 U.S. youth national teams, earning a gold medal in 2004. She is a two-time high school All-American who competes with the Wisconsin PoWer Volleyball Club.

A 5-11 outside hitter, DuPont was named the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior Olympics Most Valuable Player after leading her Milwaukee Sting club team to the national title. She competed at Muskego High School, leading her squad to a 2005 state Division 1 championship. Current Badger Sheila Shaw attended the same high school.

Klingsporn is also a high school All-American by and is considered a top-50 class of 2006 recruit. The 5-11 setter has trained with USA Volleyball A2 programs for three summers and has competed at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics twice, leading the Minnesota One club team to top-five finishes. She was named Ms. Volleyball 2005 and has earned player of the year accolades from local media publications.

"I think this is an exceptional class and they're going to do some great things here at Wisconsin," Waite said. "Dolgner earned four WIAA state championships, DuPont just earned one last weekend, and Klingsporn led her team to the Minnesota state tournament for the first time in nine years. All three have great jump serves and that's an area we really wanted to improve. They are all proven winners and good students. We're excited about having them join our program."

Wrestling: Badgers compete at Dubuque Open

The Wisconsin wrestling team competed at the Dubuque Spartan Open Sunday in Dubuque, Iowa, where five wrestlers finished in the top three in their respective weight classes.

Four Badgers placed second in their weight classes: senior Tony Turner (141 pounds), redshirt freshman Josh Crass (133), sophomore Craig Henning (157) and sophomore Matt Maciag (184). Redshirt freshman Justin Peterson placed third at 184 and junior Tyler Turner (149) withdrew due to injury after getting off to a 2-0 start.

Rowing: Badgers end fall season Romping

The Wisconsin women's openweight team competed at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, to conclude its fall rowing season.

Competing on a 4,000-meter course against eight other schools, Wisconsin placed second in the varsity eight in 14 minutes, 2.30 seconds. Ohio State won that event in 13:51.88. The Badgers placed first and second in the varsity four, finishing in 16:00.66 and 16:08.10.

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