Wisconsin Badgers women's volleyball
|Wisconisn Badgers women's volleyball|
|University||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
|Head coach||Kelly Sheffield (6th season)|
|Home arena||UW Field House (Capacity: 7,052)|
|Colors||Cardinal and White|
|AIAW/NCAA Tournament runner-up|
|AIAW/NCAA Tournament semifinal|
|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. 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
The Badgers have reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament 9 times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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
|Year||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record||Conference Standing||Postseason|
|1981 ||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||—|
|1990||Steve Lowe||29-7||16-2||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1991||Margie Fitzpatrick||23-10||15-5||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1993||John Cook||19-13||11-9||5th||NCAA Second Round|
|1994||John Cook||21-12||11-9||5th||NCAA First Round|
|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|
|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 ||Kelly Sheffield||22-10||11-9||6th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2018||Kelly Sheffield||25-7||15-5||3rd||NCAA Elite Eight|
- Sherisa Livingston* - 2000, 2001
- Lauren Carlini* - 2014, 2015, 2016
- Dana Rettke - 2017, 2018
- 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
- Morgan Shields - 2002
- Jill Odenthal - 2004
- Sheila Shaw - 2005
- Taylor Reineke - 2007
- Tionna Williams - 2016
- Molly Haggerty - 2016
- Madison Duello - 2018
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