Wisconsin Badgers women's volleyball

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Wisconisn Badgers women's volleyball
Wisconsin Badgers logo.svg
UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Head coachKelly Sheffield (6th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationMadison, WI
Home arenaUW Field House (Capacity: 7,052)
NicknameBadgers
ColorsCardinal and White[1]
         
AIAW/NCAA Tournament runner-up
2000, 2013
AIAW/NCAA Tournament semifinal
2000, 2013
AIAW/NCAA Regional Final
1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
AIAW/NCAA Regional Semifinal
1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
AIAW/NCAA Tournament appearance
1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference tournament champion
Big Ten Conference
1990, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2014
Conference regular season champion
Big Ten Conference
1990, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2014, 2016

The Wisconsin Badgers women's volleyball is the volleyball team representing the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the NCAA Division I women's program. The university has a rich volleyball tradition. They have had eleven head coaches since the team's inception in 1974.[2] In the 2018 season, they ranked second in attendance among all Division 1 volleyball programs, averaging 6,595 fans over 15 matches.

Elite Eight appearances[edit]

The Badgers have reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament 9 times.

1997[edit]

Under coach John Cook, the Badgers achieved a 30-3 overall record, the best the team has achieved since the team's inception, the team had a bye to the second round, where they beat Central Florida 3-0, and in the Sweet Sixteen, the team beat Notre Dame 3-1. The team lost to Florida 3-2 in the Elite Eight.

1998[edit]

The Badgers' overall record was 30-5, and reached the Elite Eight. The Badgers beat Arkansas-Little Rock 3-0 in the first round, San Diego 3-0 in the second round, and UCSB 3-2 in the Sweet Sixteen. The team lost to Nebraska 3-2 in the Elite Eight.

2000[edit]

The Badgers, under head coach Pete Waite, reached the NCAA national final, finishing with an overall record of 33-4. The 7-seed Badgers defeated Bucknell 3-0 in the first round, Northern Iowa 3-1 in the second round, Kansas State 3-1 in the Sweet Sixteen, 15-seed UCLA 3-1 in the Elite Eight, and 3-seed USC 3-0 in the Final Four. The team fell just short of a national championship, falling to 1-seed Nebraska 3-2. The Nebraska side was coached by former Badgers head coach John Cook. Both Lizzy Fitzgerald and Sherisa Livingston made the Final Four All-Tournament team.

2004[edit]

Following 2 consecutive second-round losses, the team found themselves in the Elite Eight again, finishing with an overall record of 22-10. The 14-seed Badgers defeated Loyola 3-0 in the first round, Notre Dame 3-0 in the second round, and 3-seed Hawaii 3-2 in the Sweet Sixteen, before being shut out by Stanford in the Elite Eight.

2005[edit]

The following year, the team made the Elite Eight again, finishing with an overall record of 26-7. The 11-seed Badgers defeated Loyola 3-0 in the first round, California 3-0 in the second round, and 6-seed Notre Dame 3-2 in the Sweet Sixteen, before being knocked out by 3-seed and eventual champion Washington 3-0 in the Elite Eight.

2013[edit]

Following a disappointing period (2008-2012) under Waite, head coach Kelly Sheffield, the former head coach of Albany and Dayton, was hired. In Sheffield's first season, the Badgers went 28-10. The 12-seed Badgers defeated Milwaukee 3-0 in the first round, California 3-0 in the second round, Florida State 3-1 in the Sweet Sixteen, and Purdue 3-1 in the Elite Eight. The team then became the lowest-seeded team to advance to the championship match, upsetting 1-seed Texas 3-1 in the Final Four.[3] The "Cinderella" story, however, came to an end after being defeated by 2-seed Penn State in the championship. Deme Morales and Lauren Carlini made the Final Four All-Tournament team.

2014[edit]

The following year, the team went 31-3, the best record the team had ever achieved up to this point. Entering the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers were seeded 4th. The Badgers defeated Western Michigan 3-0 in the first round, Illinois State 3-0 in the second round, and Ohio State 3-2 in the Sweet Sixteen. The Badgers were beaten, however, by 5-seed Penn State in the Elite Eight. Penn State would go on to win the tournament.

2016[edit]

The team went 29-4, earning themselves a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers defeated Howard 3-0 in the first round, Washington State 3-0 in the second round, and Ohio State 3-2 in the Sweet Sixteen. The team lost to 6-seed Stanford, the eventual winners, with a score of 3-2.

2018[edit]

Following three Sweet Sixteen appearances, the Badgers reached the Elite Eight once again in 2018. Following an overall record of 25-7, the 6-seed Badgers beat Green Bay 3-0 in the first round, Pepperdine 3-1 in the second round, and San Diego 3-0 in the Sweet Sixteen. The team lost to 3-seed Illinois 3-1 in the Elite Eight.

Results by season[edit]

Season Results
Year Coach Overall Record Conference Record Conference Standing Postseason
1981 [4] Niels Pedersen 5-29 0-4 10th
1982 Russ Carney 11-16 4-9 4th - West Division
1983 Russ Carney 15-17 4-9 4th - West Division
1984 Russ Carney 5-23 1-12 5th - West Division
1985 Russ Carney 7-24 2-16 9th
1986 Steve Lowe 16-18 5-13 8th
1987 Steve Lowe 21-11 9-9 5th
1988 Steve Lowe 16-16 7-11 8th
1989 Steve Lowe 26-11 9-9 5th
1990 Steve Lowe 29-7 16-2 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1991 Margie Fitzpatrick 23-10 15-5 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1992 John Cook 14-17 9-11 7th
1993 John Cook 19-13 11-9 5th NCAA Second Round
1994 John Cook 21-12 11-9 5th NCAA First Round
1995 John Cook 22-15 9-11 7th
1996 John Cook 25-8 13-7 5th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1997 John Cook 30-3 19-1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1998 John Cook 30-5 17-3 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1999 Pete Waite 21-9 15-5 2nd NCAA Second Round
2000 Pete Waite 33-4 18-2 1st NCAA Runners-up
2001 Pete Waite 27-4 19-1 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002 Pete Waite 24-9 14-6 2nd NCAA Second Round
2003 Pete Waite 22-11 13-7 4th NCAA Second Round
2004 Pete Waite 22-10 13-7 4th NCAA Elite Eight
2005 Pete Waite 26-7 15-5 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2006 Pete Waite 26-7 16-4 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2007 Pete Waite 26-5 17-3 2nd NCAA Second Round
2008 Pete Waite 17-15 7-13 7th
2009 Pete Waite 11-18 6-14 7th
2010 Pete Waite 16-15 5-15 10th
2011 Pete Waite 16-16 8-12 8th
2012 Pete Waite 17-16 5-15 10th
2013 Kelly Sheffield 28-10 12-8 4th NCAA Runners-up
2014 Kelly Sheffield 31-3 19-1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2015 Kelly Sheffield 26-7 16-4 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2016 Kelly Sheffield 29-4 16-2 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2017 [5] Kelly Sheffield 22-10 11-9 6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2018 Kelly Sheffield 25-7 15-5 3rd NCAA Elite Eight
Totals 44 Years
11 Coaches
21 Appearances

All-Americans[edit]

In all, Wisconsin has 21 total AVCA All-Americans, including 3 first team All-Americans.[6]
* denotes Big Ten Player of the Year

First team[edit]

  • Sherisa Livingston* - 2000, 2001
  • Lauren Carlini* - 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Dana Rettke - 2017, 2018

Second team[edit]

  • Lisa Boyd* - 1990
  • Laura Abbinante - 1996
  • Amy Lee - 1997
  • Kelly Kennedy - 1997, 1998
  • Jenny Maastricht - 1999
  • Lizzy Fitzgerald* - 2000, 2001
  • Erin Byrd - 2002
  • Jackie Simpson - 2006
  • Brittney Dolgner - 2009
  • Lauren Carlini - 2013
  • Taylor Morey - 2014
  • Haleigh Nelson - 2015, 2016
  • Sydney Hilley - 2018

Third team[edit]

  • Morgan Shields - 2002
  • Jill Odenthal - 2004
  • Sheila Shaw - 2005
  • Taylor Reineke - 2007
  • Tionna Williams - 2016
  • Molly Haggerty - 2016
  • Madison Duello - 2018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "COLORS FOR WEB". brand.wisc.edu. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 Wisconsin Volleyball Quick Facts" (PDF). uwbadgers.com. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Wisconsin shocks No. 1 Texas". Associated Press. ESPN.com. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Big Ten Volleyball Regular Season Standings" (PDF). grfx.cstv.com. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  5. ^ "2017 Volleyball Schedule". uwbadgers.com. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  6. ^ "UW Women's Volleyball All-Americans". uwbadgers.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.