Game Day: Penn State @ Wisconsin

Penn State @ Wisconsin

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Where:Madison, WI (Wisconsin Field House)

When: Friday — 11-15-13 (8:00 p.m. ET)

Media:’s GameTracker (Hello Big Ten: Why isn’t this match on TV?  Hello?  Anyone home?)

Beatrice_the_Honey_Bee_(7836716730)The Buzz on Wisconsin. #14 Wisconsin (19-7 overall, 8-6 B1G). In the NCAA’s most recent RPI ranking, Wisconsin comes in at #16 (Penn State is ranked #2) (for the complete RPI rankings, Click Here). Key offensive players for Wisconsin include 6-4 Jr. OH Ellen Chapman (3.41 kills/set), 6-0 Jr. S/OH Courtney Thomas (2.69 kills/set), 5-7 Jr. OH/DS Deme Morales (2.61 kills/set), and 5-11 RS Jr. MB Dominique Thomas (2.38 kills/set). Defensive leaders include 5-6 So. L Taylor Morey (2.92 digs/set), 5-8 Sr. DS/L Annemarie Hickey (3.71 digs/set), 6-2 Fr. setter Lauren Carlini (2.90 digs/set), Thomas (2.80 digs/set) and Morales (2.50 digs/set).
Kelly Sheffield Quote for the Day: “We went to their place. I think we battled with them pretty tight. We let a massive lead go by in Game 1 and in Game 2, we had a little bit of lead, and they kind of pulled ahead. Game 3 was back and forth. We felt like we let an opportunity slip by at their place. They’re good. There’s no question about it. They’re good. They’re talented. They’re experienced but we feel like we’ve got a pretty good ball club as well. It’s one of the monsters right now and we’re certainly excited about that opportunity on our home court to get a piece of them.” Quote courtesy of

Beatrice_the_Honey_Bee_(7836716730) The Buzz on Penn State: Head Coach Russ Rose on Big Ten conference matches (interview with Wynton Jake Somerville of The Daily Collegian): “They’re all hard. There’s not one you look forward to. You better be ready to play because you’re going to be challenged.”

Notwithstanding Coach Rose’s view (which we share), some folks think Penn State has already established itself as the best team in the B1G.

Certainly, one could find statistics that would suggest that may be true. Penn State is ranked #2 in the latest AVCA poll , it sports a 22-2 overall record (13-1 in the B1G), a .323 team hitting % (1st in the B1G) and has limited its opponents to a .128 hitting % (also 1st in the B1G). Still, there are plenty of matches to play, and they’re all tough.

So whether that “best team in the B1G is theoretically true (or not), it is totally irrelevant in terms of the outcome of tonight’s match against the Badgers. Just as Penn State’s 41-7 all-time record against the Badgers is totally irrelevant. In volleyball, it’s not even “what have you done for me lately,” it’s “what are you doing for me right now.”

And right now, we are quite certain that no one — as in zero people — on the Wisconsin team or staff is going into tonight’s match believing anything other than that the Badgers are going to defeat Penn State. Our guess (and hope) is that Penn State wins. But we might be wrong.

Here’s a quote from Nia Grant, in an interview with Wynton Jake Somerville of The Daily Collegian, that sums it up pretty well: ““I think every team is going to come at us with a little bit of aggression but we should be doing the same thing to everybody else.”

Stat Joust

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B1G Team Stats (as of 11/10/13)

Big Team Stats 11-10-13  

B1G Individual Stats (as of 11/10/13)

B1G Individual Stats 11-10-13

Wisconsin Roster

NO   NAME POS   HT   Year Hometown Last School
1   Lauren Carlini S/OH   6-2   FR Aurora, Ill. West Aurora
2   Claire Raddatz DS/L   5-11   SO Mequon, Wis. Homestead
3   Courtney Thomas S/OH   6-0   JR DeKalb, Ill. DeKalb
4   Annemarie Hickey DS/L   5-8   SR Oswego, Ill. Joliet Catholic Academy
5   Taylor Fricano OH/RS   6-4   FR Palatine, Ill. Palatine
6   Taylor Morey DS/L   5-6   SO Muncie, Ind. Notre Dame
7   Deme Morales OH/DS   5-7   JR Amherst, Ohio Steele
8   Victoria Ito DS/L   5-5   SO Buffalo Grove, Ill. Buffalo Grove
10   Tori Blake MB   6-3   FR Midland, Mich. Midland
11   Kt Kvas DS/S   5-9   JR Eagan, Minn. Eagan
12   Julie Mikaelsen RS   6-3   SR Askim, Norway Sand Vidaregåande School
13   Haleigh Nelson MB   6-3   FR Cary. N.C. Cardinal Gibbons
14   Dominique Thompson MB   5-11   RS JR Plymouth, Minn. Robbinsdale Armstrong
15   Crystal Graff OH   6-3   JR Madison, Wis. La Follette
16   Caroline Workman DS/L   5-5   JR Los Angeles, Calif. Marymount
20   Ellen Chapman OH   6-4   JR Glenview, Ill. Glenbrook South

Penn State 2013 Team Roster

NumberName PositionYear/ClassHeightHometownState/Nation
1Scott, Ariel

RS4/Sr.6-4RidgewoodNew Jersey
2Caraway, LaraDS2/So.5-4Evans CityPennsylvania
3Pierce, KendallDS2/So.5-6EdenNew York
4Gonzalez, DominiqueDS3/Jr.5-6San AntonioTexas
6Martin, MaddieOH4/Sr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Grant, NiaOH3/Jr.6-2WarrenOhio
8Denny, Erica
MH3/Jr. (RS)6-5CentennialColorado
9Prieto Cerame, PaulinaOH1/Fr. (RS)6-2MiamiFlorida
10Muller, CarleyDS1/Fr.5-7Manhattan BeachCalifornia
12Hancock, MichaS3/Jr.5-11EdmondOklahoma
13Krause, TaylorDS/S1/Fr.5-6AllentownPennsylvania
14Whitney, AiyanaOH2/So. (RS)6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
15Harding, MaggieDS4/Sr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Slay, Katie
MH4/Sr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
17Courtney, Megan
18McClendon, Deja

23Robertson, KellyMB1/Fr.6-0AllentownPennsylvania
24Broerman, LauraDS1/Fr.5-4Colorado Springs Colorado
33Fuller, LaceyDS3/Jr.5-6San DiegoCalifornia