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The Field House Chronicles: Great Starts

Volleyball blowout, women’s soccer thrillers, and more!

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Welcome to The Field House Chronicles, where we look at the goings on of the wide world of Badger sports. We almost called it “The Field House / Kohl / LaBahn / Goodman / Porter / McClimon / Nielson / URidge Chronicles,” but it maxes out the character limit. Take a look as we highlight the happenings of UW sports that are not football or men’s basketball.

Cheat Sheet

Volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s hockey were all active this extended weekend (Thursday through Friday). Overall, it was a very successful weekend, as the Badgers combined for a 5-1 record not counting men’s hockey’s exhibition sweep over British Columbia or the football win.

No. 5 Volleyball (2-0)

If you read Matt Rock’s preview for the weekend, you would have know the Badgers were in good shape heading into the Big Ten / ACC Challenge.

Well, good job! Head coach Kelly Sheffield’s squad took care of business with a pair of sweeps over Florida State and North Carolina. Tomorrow, Rock will explain why the Badgers are amazing at volleyball with more detail than I can offer here.

Oh, and our buddy Sam Hauser was there watching the games!

I’ve got a bit of a conspiracy theory, here. I think that Hauser might be dating someone on the Wisconsin volleyball team. Think about it; I might be on to something. Time to do some investigating!

<Mr. Plinkett voice> Oh. </Mr. Plinkett voice>

No. 15 Women’s Soccer (3-1-0)

If you are thinking about venturing away from a steady diet of football, may I suggest taking in a women’s soccer game or two? The Badgers are 3-1-0 on the season, and each game has only been thrilling.

On Thursday, the Badgers took on Marquette, and the Gold took Bucky all the way to overtime. No worries, though, Lauren Rice was there to give Wisconsin a spectacular victory.

On Sunday, it was Cameron Murtha’s turn to win the game in OT. Her overtime goal gave Wisconsin a 2-1 win over Butler.

Men’s Soccer (1-1-0)

The only blemish of the sports weekend belongs to men’s soccer on Friday night, as the Badgers dropped the season opener 2-0 to UC Davis. However, Wisconsin bounced back on Sunday to take a 2-1 win over UAB. Noah Liebold and Robin Olofsson provided Wisconsin’s goals.

Men’s Hockey (0-0-0)

The games don’t count, but hockey is back! The Badgers took at trip to Vancouver to play a few friendlies against British Columbia. Wisconsin scored... and scored... and scored some more. It tallied ten goals total over two games and earned a pair of victories in the form of a 3-0 win and a 7-5 win.