Volleyball: Badgers win Big Ten championship outright with help from Gophers

first_imgAspirations were high for the Wisconsin volleyball team this year. They returned three All-Americans in Dana Rettke, Sydney Hilley and Madison Duello. They added an experienced defensive specialist in Minnesota transfer Lauren Barnes. Then, they started the year 4-4 against a brutal slate of non-conference teams. Their losses came against Marquette, Baylor and Washington twice — all teams currently ranked in the AVCA top 10. They used it as a learning experience and rallied to a Big Ten Championship. The Badgers had just one Big championship in the last 17 years after consecutive titles in Ten 2000 and 2001.Volleyball: Badgers retake Big Ten lead with victories over Minnesota, Michigan StateThe No. 5 University of Wisconsin volleyball team (19-5, 15-1 Big Ten) took care of both No. 7 Minnesota and Read…After their loss to Penn State Friday night, Wisconsin swept Rutgers and watched as Minnesota topped Penn state 3-1. Penn State’s loss to Minnesota gave the Badgers the top record in the conference.Since their second loss to No. 10 Washington Sept. 21, the Badgers ripped through Big Ten play with a 18-2 record, including a 12 game winning streak with seven against ranked teams.They have also played the toughest schedule among the top teams in the Big Ten. Wisconsin has faced Minnesota twice, Nebraska twice and Penn State twice, all three of whom are ranked in the top 10 of the AVCA rankings. None of those teams faced each other more than once. Their two conference losses came against The Ohio State University Buckeyes, a mid-tier team in the Big Ten, and Penn State in a five-set heartbreaker.The Badgers responded emphatically following the loss to Ohio State. They dropped only one set in their five wins since the loss, including wins over then-No. 5 Minnesota and then-No. 6 Nebraska.That streak ended with the Nittany Lions.Volleyball: 3 surprising boosts to No. 7 BadgersA season ago, the Wisconsin volleyball team reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament before their neighbor to the Read…The progression of this Badger team is evident from the start of the year. Both as individuals and as a group, UW has improved in all three aspects of the game. According to Head Coach Kelly Sheffield, this team relishes that improvement. “There’s still a lot of opportunities to grow individually and as a team,” Sheffield said. “Winning is fun, but there’s no better feeling than the feeling of getting better … that’s where the real confidence comes from.” Their confidence has grown not only from winning but from closing out sets in crucial games. In their loss to Marquette early this season, UW had six match point opportunities and failed to capitalize each time. In their first loss to Washington, the Badgers dropped a set after leading 24–20 which would have tied the match at 1–1. Volleyball: Badgers split pair of games, drop first match in Big Ten playAn undefeated record in Big Ten volleyball is a tall task. There are currently six Big Ten teams in the Read…The team’s ability to close out crucial sets seemed to change in a pivotal match in Lincoln against Nebraska. In a raucous environment, UW rattled off set-winning runs of 9–4, 11–5 and 6–2 against the top defense in the Big Ten. Since that night, the Badgers have closed sets furiously with the exception of the loss to the Buckeyes. Also, different Badgers have pioneered game-ending runs. On the road in the 3–1 win over Minnesota, outside hitter Molly Haggerty closed out the third set with back-to-back kills and finished the match on a personal 3–0 run. In their second sweep of the Cornhuskers, middle blocker Danielle Hart closed the second set with two kills in the final three points. To close the match, right side hitter Madison Duello provided two kills and an emphatic block on Nebraska’s Lexi Sun. Volleyball: Badgers record team’s best start ever in Big Ten playThe Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) has started 12-0 in conference play for the first time in Badger Read…Looking ahead to the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers will likely host two games following their loss to Penn State. A win over the Nittany Lions likely would have given the Badgers a top-four seed and the subsequent opportunity to host four games.The Badgers will rely on their varied offensive attack as tournament time arrives. Their offense is seventh in the country in hitting percentage and setter Sydney Hilley, a top candidate for Big Ten Setter of the Year, is currently third in the country in assists per game. Rettke, the two-time AVCA first-team All-American, will likely add another selection as well as a shot for the Big Ten Player of the Year.Their defense has been steadily improving since the start of the season. At the start of the year, five of the Badgers’ first eight opponents recorded hitting percentages above .200. Since then, only four of their last 20 opponents have eclipsed .200, and the Badgers won three of those four matches. Volleyball: All-American Rettke remains hungry following summer with Team USAJunior Dana Rettke has been one of the most intimidating forces in college volleyball for over two years now. A Read…Lastly, UW will look to regain their prominence at the service line. In their last eight games, the Badgers’ service errors have outnumbered their service aces. UW’s service aces either matched or outpaced their service errors in 10 of their first 18 games. Freshman Izzy Ashburn gave the team an unexpected boost at the service line and could be a key contributor in the serving facet of the game.An NCAA championship is a legitimate goal for this team. All three phases of the game are necessary to accomplish that goal.last_img read more

PGA Championship golf scores, results, highlights from Saturday’s Round 3 leaderboard

first_imgMORE: Everything to know about the PGA ChampionshipThere were a few storylines to monitor as Round 3 progressed Saturday, including whether two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka’s hip — which required attention from a trainer multiple times on Friday — would continue to be problematic for him. Observers were curious to see whether Li’s performance would change after he spent several hours practicing after his second round. The answers to those questions: No, and yes.Tiger Woods was another golfer to watch; he suffered from an abysmal short game on Friday, which kept him close to the cut line. He’s an even longer shot now to win his fifth PGA Championship and earn a record 83rd PGA Tour victory after another round above par.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the 2020 PGA Championship leaders. Follow below for complete results from Saturday’s Round 3 (all times Eastern):PGA Championship leaderboard 2020LeaderboardPGA Championship — Round 0Winner: Click here or refresh the page if you don’t see scores and results above.PGA Championship updates, highlights from Round 310 p.m.: Li went from leading by two at the start of his round to trailing by four after the end of it. A 38 on the back nine and low scores by his purusers were the culprits. He’ll have a about an hour on the range and practice green Saturday night to work on his game.9:30 p.m: Koepka will need to go really low Sunday to three-peat. Consecutive bogeys on 13, 14 and 15 have put him three behind the leader as he plays the 18th. (UPDATE: He birdied 18 to end his third round at 7 under for the tournament, two behind Johnson.)9:15 p.m.: Dustin Johnson is the new clubhouse leader at 9 under. He stormed to the top with a 5-under 65.Dustin Johnson with his EIGHTH birdie of the day.He now sits atop the leaderboard at the PGA Championship. pic.twitter.com/gOA0ucu1Gu— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 9, 20208:45 p.m.: Li (-9) is back on top, but now he’s joined by Cameron Champ. If you’re not familiar with Champ, here’s a quick look at his swing:Breaking down Cameron Champ’s drive💪#PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/N9Vbpn9GR8— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 9, 20208:20 p.m.: Scottie Scheffler moves into the lead with a birdie at 17, his third in a row. He’s at 9 under, one ahead of Li, Koepka and Dustin Johnson.NEW LEADERScottie Scheffler grabs the lead at -9 with his third straight birdie. pic.twitter.com/xvouwRYZ3b— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 9, 20208:20 p.m.: DeChambeau closes with a flourish, draining this long-distance putt at 18 to put him at 6 under.From 95 feet …What a way to finish the round, @B_DeChambeau. pic.twitter.com/glnwS04Ra8— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 20208 p.m.: The top of the leaderboard remains crowded as the final pairing makes the turn. Li (8 under) is back in the lead, but he misses a birdie putt on 9, so he’s up by just one over Collin Morikawa (65), Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger.7:25 p.m.: Li gives up the lead with a bogey on 5.7:20 p.m.: DeChambeau is just two behind the leaders, and he’s rolling in long putts:DeChambeau trying to make a move up the leaderboard.Full #PGAChamp Leaderboard👉 https://t.co/QV8fkpw4hG pic.twitter.com/3LMM1ndgPc— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 8, 20206:55 p.m.: Four holes, four pars for Li, who still leads by one.6:35 p.m.: Koepka, balky hip and all, makes it a five-way tie for second (7 under) with a birdie at 4.6:30 p.m.: Li putts for birdie on each of his first two holes but leaves both attempts well short. He saves par both times. 6:15 p.m.: Scottie Sheffler holes out from the bunker and moves into a tie for second. (UPDATE: He shot a 31 on the front nine with five birdies.)Can’t do it any better than this.Scottie Scheffler holes out to move to -7, just one shot back. pic.twitter.com/0JAmKUZuCr— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 8, 20206 p.m.: Li, after hours on the driving range and practice green, is back on the course to begin his third round as the leader.Haotong Li is DIALED IN and his round hasn’t even started yet.#PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/DvXP17jvV6— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 8, 20204:56 p.m.: Not Tiger’s best round, but that is an absurd level of consistency.Tiger Woods has made at least one birdie in every round of his career at the PGA Championship.Now 75 rounds and counting … pic.twitter.com/gcDZngNurd— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 20203:30 p.m.: This close to a hole in one: What a bounce for @WebbSimpson1. 😲pic.twitter.com/RnFltmJ8FF— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 20202:10 p.m.: Phil making eagles like it’s no big deal.Phil being Phil🦅#PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/nswF3SGzhx— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 8, 20201:53 p.m.: A reminder of just how dedicated Haotong Li is.The leader in the clubhouse.@haotong_li is grinding on the putting green nearly four hours after his round.pic.twitter.com/m3vIeZLTKT— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 7, 20201:06 p.m.: Justin Thomas is on the prowl.Racking up birdies. 🐦@JustinThomas34 is 4-under through 6 holes. pic.twitter.com/IV7CkE9m2t— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 2020 We’re three rounds through the 2020 PGA Championship, and the winner is still far from certain. A large number of golfers can make a strong challenge for the Wanamaker Trophy.Dustin Johnson leads the group after a roller-coaster 5-under-par 65 Saturday that featured eight birdies at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Haotong Li, whose out-of-nowhere performance in Round 2 (5-under 65) pushed him to the top of the leaderboard, tumbled off his perch with a 3-over 73. A dozen golfers are separated by three strokes after 54 holes, meaning there will be an intense race to the finish Sunday.last_img read more