Senior middle blocker Sheila Shaw, sophomore middle blocker Taylor Reineke and redshirt freshman opposite hitter Audra Jeffers have all earned Big Ten awards, the conference announced Tuesday. Shaw and Reineke were named to the All-Big Ten team and Jeffers made the all-freshman team.
Shaw earned her second straight conference honor this season after leading the Badgers with 0.32 service aces per game. She is second at UW with a .312 hitting percentage and 1.51 blocks per game, the latter of which is also good for second in the conference. She recorded a career-high 13 blocks against Minnesota. She was named the 2005 InnTowner Invitational Most Valuable Player.
Reineke led the conference with 1.67 blocks per game and leads the team with a .328 hitting percentage. She has led the Badgers in blocks in 16 matches and in kills twice. She averages 2.39 kills per game. Reineke was named to the 2005 Air Force Falcon Invitational all-tournament team.
Jeffers has a team-best 3.44 kills per game and has recorded double-figure kills in 23 matches this season, including 11 straight. This is the seventh consecutive year the Badgers have had a player on the all-freshman team. She was named to the Air Force Falcon Invitational and Montana State Holiday Inn Classic all-tournament teams.
Elliott earns WCHA honors for third time
Wisconsin men's hockey goaltender Brian Elliott has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Defensive Player of the Week after allowing just three goals in games against then-No. 18 Michigan State and then-No. 1 Michigan in the College Hockey Showcase last weekend, including only one even-strength goal.
Elliott was instrumental in UW's 3-1 win over MSU and its 3-2 win over Michigan. He collected 42 saves in the two games and had three shutout periods. He had 19 saves in the win at Michigan State and 23 against Michigan. The Badgers (11-1-2) are ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time since 2000 and are riding a 12-game unbeaten streak.
Elliott was previously named the defensive player of the week Nov. 7 and 14. He has a 1.41 goals-against average, the best in the WCHA, and a .942 save percentage. He is second in the nation in goals-against average and save percentage.