Badger Roundup: Wilkins downed by former team

Wisconsin women's soccer and volleyball teams get dominating wins, while womens soccer lets their match against Penn State escape through their grasp, letting a chance for Paula Wilkins to win her first game against her former school.

MADISON – Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said it felt a little weird coaching against her former school.

At least the outcome remained the same.

Failing to registered a goal for the fourth consecutive game and still searching to put a complete game together from start to finish, the Badgers allowed two goals in a two-minute span and, despite outplaying the Nittany Lions for the majority, fell 2-0 to the visitors.

"We're trying to make changes and identify the problem," Wilkins said. "Whether it has to do with fitness or not, it's my job as a coach to get this team ready."

Despite having a decent number of scoring chances in the first half, Wisconsin (3-6-1) couldn't get the ball past goalie Alyssa Naeher, who registered her fourth shutout of the year.

In Wisconsin's net, senior Lynn Murray got her first start of the season after recovering from a prolonged concussion, but couldn't stop a fluky goal in front of the net, which proved to be the game winner. As Murray went to make the save, the ball deflected off Megan Monroig and into the back of the net.

Despite the loss, Wilkins was happy to see a number of former players that she'd been coaching for a number of years. After the match was over, Wilkins, who coached Penn State for six seasons, embraced many of former players. Still, Wilkins doesn't hold any regrets about her switch to Madison.

"I sat and thought about this a long time last night and I told my players today, I would not want to be anywhere else then with them and this team," Wilkins said.

Badgers Drop Banner, Colonials

Junior goaltender Jessie Vetter recorded her 17th career shutout and helped the Badgers extend their school-record unbeaten streak to 29 games Friday night as the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated Robert Morris 3-0 in their 2007-08 home opener at the Kohl Center.

The Badgers (3-0-0 overall) are now just one game shy of the NCAA record for the longest unbeaten streak in Division I women's hockey history. Three different Badgers scored including junior Erika Lawler, senior Jinelle Zaugg and freshman Mallory Deluce.

Vetter made 11 saves as the Badgers out-shot the Colonials (0-1-0) 50-11. Wisconsin has now held its opponents scoreless in ten of the last 12 games, out-scoring its opponents 50-2 in that stretch.

Badger Volleyball Remains Unbeaten in Big Ten

The ninth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team (13-1 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) swept Purdue in front of 4,863 fans at the UW Field House on Friday night. The Badgers remain undefeated in the Big Ten Conference after beating the Boilermakers 30-25, 30-23 and 30-19.

"I was really pleased with that match in the way our team came out and the fact that they were strong through three games," said UW Coach Pete Waite. "That's one point of emphasis we had going into it and in between games two and three was to finish and not let them get that third game like we had last weekend in both matches."

Sophomore Brittney Dolgner led all hitters with 20 kills on the night and accounted for 22 of Wisconsin's points. Senior Taylor Reineke added 10 kills and five blocks in the match. Her total moved her into a tie for fourth UW's list of career blocking leaders. Reineke helped the Badgers outblock the Boilermakers 11-4.

"We outblocked them and kept them to a low hitting percentage," said Waite. "I was very happy with that."

UW's defense held the Boilermakers to a .137 team hitting percentage. Dolgner led the team with her 11 digs and Jocelyn Wack tallied nine digs of her own. Wack's streak of 15 straight matches with double-figure digs in a match, a streak that dates back to last season, came to an end in tonight's match. Wisconsin outdug the Big Ten's leading backcourt team, 42-35.

The Badgers knew that Purdue would put up a strong fight but they felt they were prepared for the challenge.

"We had a really good game plan for this game," said Dolgner. "We knew where (Purdue) was going to hit. We watched film all week on them and we pretty much set up our defense around where they were going to hit and felt pretty prepared for what they were going to bring."

Senior setter Jackie Simpson tallied 45 assists to lead Wisconsin's offense. The Badgers hit .288 as a team and outhit the Boilermakers 55-39 in kills.

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