The Block Party will be Bouncing

Not in the mood for non-conference basketball? No worries. There's a border battle just a couple blocks away.

Just how big is the 10th-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team's match vs. 12th-ranked Minnesota on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the UW Field House? All you have to do is ask Coach Pete Waite.

"This is huge, a border rivalry," said Waite. "We always go back and forth with Minnesota and now the Big Ten race is still in play here. We're excited about it. It's going to be a great match."

The Badgers and Golden Gophers are currently tied for second place in the Big Ten Conference standings at 13-3, only one match behind league leader Penn State (14-2).

The Gophers swept the Badgers, 3-0, in the teams' first meeting on Oct. 18 in Minneapolis. It wasn't Wisconsin's best match of the season at the UW hit just .113 in the match, including a negative .022 in the first game. The Badgers struggled with the Gophers 14 blocks and numerous unforced hitting errors on their own part.

The UW heads into Wednesday's match riding a seven-match win streak and a 12-match home win streak. The Badgers are 8-0 in the Big Ten at home this season, including 3-0 wins over then-No. 2 Penn State and then-No. 24 Ohio State on Oct. 27 and Oct. 29.

That having said, if you aren't going to the basketball game on Wednesday night, what better place to be than in the warm confines of the UW Fieldhouse? Just ask junior setter Jackie Simpson about how much fun you can have the rest of the season.


Answer: Attending the UW-Volleyball Match

With who?

Answer: Anyone and Everyone you can find!

Where and What Time?

Answer: UW-Fieldhouse and the gates open at 6:00 pm for a 7:00 pm start.


Answer: To watch the #10 Wisconsin battle #12 Minnesota for 2nd place in the Big Ten.

How much?

Answer: General admission single match tickets are sold in advance and at the gate, and are $5 for adults and $2 for UW students, youths (ages 2 – 17) and senior citizens (age 55 & up).


The 10th ranked Badgers will be home this week playing for sole-possession of second place in the Big Ten. The Badgers are looking forward to the rematch against the #12 Minnesota Gophers on Wednesday November 15th at 7:00 pm. Friday, November 17th, will be senior night as the 3 senior Badgers take to the Field House floor for the last time during Big Ten play. The Badgers will conclude their Big Ten season on the road over Thanksgiving weekend traveling to Indiana and #23 Purdue.


November 26th at 2:00 pm the Badgers will learn who they play and where they play for the NCAA Tournament. . The Badger team and staff will watch the selection show in the McClain Auditorium. The media and general public are invited to watch the announcement with the team. Please feel free to arrive anytime after 1:30 pm. Enter at Gate 3, near the football offices, and follow the signs to the auditorium. Free parking is available in Lot 17.

Wisconsin is looking for its 11th consecutive and 15th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament. If you would like to attend and you need wheel chair assistance please contact Marijo at so arrangements can be made. If you are not able to join the Badgers in the McClain Auditorium, you can watch from home on ESPNews from 2:00pm – 2:30pm. If you are unable to attend we will send out an announcement via the badger bulletin immediately following the announcement.

Thank you so much and GO BADGERS!

Jackie Simpson

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