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Varsity - October 31, 2013

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INSIDE VOLLEYBALL BY DIANE NORDSTROM @BADGERVBALL SCHEDULE (17-5, 6-4) LAST FOUR Oct. 18 #16 Michigan L, 0-3 Oct. 20 #5 Michigan State W, 3-1 Oct. 23 #7 Minnesota W, 3-1 Sunday Illinois L, 1-3 COMING UP Friday at Indiana Saturday at #16 Purdue Nov. 8 #11 Nebraska Nov. 10 Iowa Freshman Lauren Carlini is the national leader in doubledoubles this season. Badgers open second half of Big Ten season on road UW looks to stay in top half of conference he second half of the Big Ten season may be the toughest part of the Badgers' schedule, and that's saying a lot. Wisconsin wrapped up the first half of Big Ten play in a three-way tie for fourth place ― and that's after playing eight top-25 ranked teams. "We want to stay in the top third (or) top half of the con- T 46 // VARSITY October 31, 2013 ference," first-year Kelly Sheffield said. "We want to try to position ourselves to be a possible seeded team for the NCAA tournament. "We're probably a little bit further along than probably what I would have thought, being honest, going in. (But) I think we've got as much room to improve as any team in the league." 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. WINNING SEASON GUARANTEED ● Wisconsin is guaranteed a winning season in Sheffield's first season. The Badgers have won 17 matches, and with only 10 regular-season games left, UW will finish above .500, making it eligible for the NCAA tournament. UW has equaled its overall win total from 2012 (17) and surpassed its Big Ten win total from last season (5) with six victories. The Badgers moved up to ninth in this week's NCAA RPI, one of the primary tools used by the NCAA committee to pick teams for the postseason tournament. CARLINI BEST FRESHMAN ● Freshman Lauren Carlini has a teamleading 13 double-doubles this season, making her the top freshman in the country in that category. According to a national list compiled by Saint Louis sports information director Jacob Gossage, Carlini leads the rookie list followed by SLU outside hitter Mallory Dillon, who has 11 double-doubles this season. Carlini has recorded all of her double-doubles in assists and digs.

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