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B5Q Blogopean Union: Midwest Messi leads USWNT to dominant win over Paraguay

Plus: Julia Orzol wins B1G Freshman of the Week; the women’s XC team is off to a hot start; and the men’s soccer team is finding their stride.

Paraguay v United States Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Good morning! This is going to be a daily(ish) post that discusses the goings on of the rest of the Big Ten Conference, and the country as needed. Much like the European Union, the Big Ten is a loosely confederated group of entities that sometimes have the same goals (like free movement of people between countries or not winning national titles in football or basketball) and sometimes accept new members that they later regret (Estonia or Nebraska).

We hope that you will use this post to comment on things happening around the conference and also as a sort of daily open thread to discuss breaking news or argue about Spotted Cow (which we NO LONGER DO).

  • The Badgers are happy to have Polish freshman Julia Orzol back in the lineup. The outside hitter had a monster weekend averaging 3.67 kills, 2.67 digs, 0.67 blocks and 0.67 aces last week while Wisconsin went 2-0. The performance earned Orzol her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor.
  • Speaking of the No. 2 volleyball team in the country, you should go vote for Dana Rettke and Sydney Hilley here!
  • In case you had forgotten, the Badgers and Irish will both be wearing alternate uniforms for the Shamrock Series game on Saturday. Wisconsin will be wearing a Forward alternate jersey that have a lot of really cool touches that honor the great state of Wisconsin.
  • The men’s soccer team has found their stride it appears. After beating Milwaukee on Tuesday night, the Badgers are 3-0-1 in their last four matches. Inaki Irabarren scored a brace to lead UW over their in-state rivals.
  • The USWNT was in Cincinnati, the hometown of Wisconsin legend Rose Lavelle, on Tuesday and the Americans mopped the floor with Paraguay, 8-0. Lavelle scored the match winner and added three assists (all in the first 15 minutes lmao) on her home turf.
  • Can not wait to drop the puck on Friday. HOCKEYYYYYYYYYYY!
  • Blocking shots is an art form and Tyler Inamoto is Picasso.
  • The Badgers entered the final round of the Badger Invitational in the lead, but struggled on the last day and the team ended up in fourth after the final hole. Vanessa Ho led Wisconsin and finished tied for sixth with a +1.
  • The women’s cross country team is off to a stellar start this season with two perfect scores in two meets.