Badger Sports Roundup

Women's hockey sweeps UM; volleyball tops MSU; wrestling cruises; Thomas, Pociask, honored

Women's hockey: Badgers sweep Gophers

The No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated No. 4 Minnesota 6-2 Saturday in Minneapolis. The win completed the Badgers first-ever sweep of the Gophers, who are the defending national champions. Minnesota was swept at home for the first time in two seasons and just third time in its program's history.

Wisconsin (11-1-0 overall, 9-1-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) saw a well-balanced scoring effort, with five different players scoring goals on Minnesota freshman netminders Brittony Chartier and Kim Hanlon.

Freshman forward Tia Hanson scored first for Wisconsin, just 3:47 into the game, and senior forward Nikki Burish added her first goal of the season two minutes later.

Minnesota (9-5-0, 4-4-0) took advantage of two Wisconsin penalties, as sophomore defender Anya Miller scored on a 5-on-3 Gopher power play 6:48 into the game.

Senior forward Sharon Cole scored the first of her two goals with just 45 seconds left in the first period and notched her second goal just 27 seconds into the second period on a Wisconsin power play. Junior forward Sara Bauer scored 3:43 into the period, forcing Minnesota to pull Chartier in favor of Hanlon, with UW leading 5-1.

Minnesota sophomore forward Jenelle Philipczyk added the Gophers second goal 6:11 into the third period but sophomore forward Jinelle Zaugg added an insurance goal for Wisconsin on a power play 13 minutes into the third period to secure the 6-2 win.

Junior forward Meaghan Mikkelson led the Badgers with three assists, while Cole and junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar contributed two apiece.

Junior goaltender Christine Dufour stopped 25 shots, including one on a 5-on-3 Minnesota power play. She tied her career high with 25 saves and 27 shots faced. Chartier finished with six saves, while Hanlon had nine.

Volleyball: Badgers sweep MSU

The No. 15 Wisconsin volleyball team swept Michigan State 30-17, 30-22 and 32-30 Saturday night at the Field House, concluding the regular-season home games for senior co-captains Aubrey Meierotto and Sheila Shaw. Meierotto finished with 13 kills, while Shaw added nine. Ashley Schlatzle finished with a match-high 17 kills for the Spartans (12-16 overall, 5-13 Big Ten.)

For Wisconsin (21-6, 13-5), sophomore setter Jackie Simpson put up 48 assists and five blocks. Sophomore Taylor Reineke and Shaw, both middle blockers, had four blocks each as Wisconsin out-blocked MSU 8.5-4. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Audra Jeffers led the team with 14 kills. Sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack contributed 15 digs, extending her double-digit-dig streak to 58 matches. This ties the second-longest mark in NCAA history.

Wisconsin took an early 9-4 lead in the first game and went on to win 30-17, with help from Meierotto, who had five kills the first game. The Badgers were down 22-21 in the second game but used two kills from junior middle blocker Maria Carlini to propel themselves ahead of MSU. Carlini hit .714 in the second game and added seven digs.

In the third game, Wisconsin was down 30-29 but a MSU service error and a kill from Reineke put Wisconsin ahead. Meierotto and Reineke ended the game with a block to earn the sweep for the Badgers.

Football: Thomas and Pociask named to District 5 academic team

Junior offensive tackle Joe Thomas and senior tight end Jason Pociask have been named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District 5 team. The award was announced recently by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Thomas and Pociask will advance to the national ballot and vie for spots on the All-America team.

Thomas, a business major, has started 23 straight games for the Badgers and is a two-time academic All-Big Ten pick. Pociask, who is majoring in kinesiology, is a three-time academic All-Big Ten pick who has started 10 games this season.

Wrestling: Badgers crush Lock Haven

Five Badgers pinned their opponents as the No. 15 Wisconsin wrestling team defeated Lock Haven 45-3 Saturday in Lock Haven, Pa.

No. 15 sophomore Craig Henning (157 pounds), No. 10 senior Kelly Flaherty (174), sophomore Matt Maciag (184), redshirt freshman Dallas Herbst (197) and redshirt freshman Kyle Massey (heavyweight) all pinned their opponents. Redshirt freshman Zach Tanelli (133), senior Tony Turner (141) and No. 20 sophomore Jake Donar (165) all earned major decisions. No. 17 junior Tyler Turner (149) defeated No. 13 Joshua Medina 3-0.

No. 17 junior Collin Cudd (125) fell 5-2 to No. 18 Obenson Blanc.

Four Badgers competed at the Kaufman-Brand Open, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Saturday. More than 650 wrestlers competed at what is the nation's largest single-day college meet.

Freshman Kyle Reeve (125) defeated Wyoming's Nick Ramierez 9-4 and Iowa's Tom Magnani 11-1. Redshirt freshman Dan Sneider (133) fell to Dana College's Sonny Silva in the first round but defeated Bret Yates 15-2 and Dustin Pieken 7-5 in wrestlebacks. He fell to Iowa's Chris Johnson, losing 7-1. Senior Lee Kraemer (197) and redshirt freshman Josh Crass (133) lost in the opening rounds and in the first round of wrestlebacks.

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