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Wisconsin athletics: rankings roundup 11/4

In predictable news, the women’s hockey team is no longer the unanimous No. 1 team in the country.

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Monday is a big rankings release day around the NCAA and instead of having three separate posts that you probably won’t click on, we are putting them all into one handy post that you will click on because we care about your time wasting at work. Gotta be efficient when wasting time.

Women’s hockey

Well...it finally happened. A week after regaining all of the first place votes in the USCHO.com poll, the Badgers lost a game (and then lost another one in a shootout) and fell from their perch as the unanimous No. 1 team in the land.

The Badgers had a tough weekend against Minnesota and the Gophers rightfully switched spots with Wisconsin and laid claim to the No. 1 ranking. UW sits at No. 2 and still received a first place vote. Nicole Haase says it wasn’t her, but we are going to FOIA her ballot just to be sure.

Fellow WCHA conference member, Minnesota Duluth, moved up one spot to No. 9 in the poll. The Badgers are off this weekend and resume play on Saturday, Nov. 16th against Minnesota State.

Men’s hockey

The men’s hockey team had an ever worse weekend than the women’s hockey team, getting swept soundly at Penn State this past Thursday and Friday. That dropped the Badgers to 4-4-0 on the season and to the No. 12 spot in the USCHO.com poll.

Penn State jumped all the way up to No. 6, one spot behind B1G leader No. 5 Notre Dame. Ohio State as at No. 9 and Minnesota received two votes in this week’s poll.

The Badgers travel to Omaha to take on UNO this weekend.

Volleyball

The newest AVCA poll has the Badgers holding strong at No. 4 behind No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Pitt and No. 3 Baylor.

The B1G is still packing the top of the poll with the Badgers, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Nebraska and No. 8 Penn State all in the top-ten. Purdue checks in at No. 15 and Illinois is the final conference team in the poll at No. 21. Michigan is just outside the rankings, sitting at No. 27.

The Badgers incredibly hot play since the conference season started (they literally haven’t lost to a B1G team yet) has them at No. 3 in the RPI, one spot higher than their AVCA ranking.

The Badgers continue their road swing with matches next weekend at Ohio State and Maryland.