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Varsity - December 5, 2013

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INSIDE VOLLEYBALL BY DIANE NORDSTROM @BADGERVBALL SCHEDULE (23-9, 12-8) LAST FOUR Nov. 22 at #17 Michigan StateW, 3-1 Nov. 23 at #18 Michigan W, 3-2 Nov. 27 at #11 Minnesota L, 1-3 Nov. 30 at Northwestern W, 3-0 COMING UP Friday NCAA First Round Calif. vs. N. Carolina 5 p.m. UW vs. Milwaukee 7:30 p.m. Saturday NCAA Second Round 6 p.m. winners play in the second-round match on Saturday at 6 p.m. The second-round winner will advance to the Champaign (Ill.) Regional on Dec. 13-14. Lauren Carlini was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Badgers enjoy first NCAA appearance since 2007 Wisconsin hosts NCAA matches this weekend or the first time since 2007, the Badgers will be dancing, as they were selected as the No. 12 seed in the NCAA tournament on Sunday. "I told them, I don't care how many times you've been in the NCAA tournament, Selection Show Sunday is a wild and fun ride, and enjoy it," head coach Kelly Sheffield said. "And they did. It was neat for them to see F 44 // VARSITY December 5, 2013 Wisconsin's name come up there on the screen and celebrate." The 13th-ranked Badgers host first-round and secondround matches in the UW Field House on Friday and Saturday, facing in-state rival Milwaukee on Friday at 7:30 p.m. No. 15 North Carolina takes on California in the other first-round match at 5 p.m. First-round CARLINI, NELSON HONORED ‚óŹ Lauren Carlini was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and also earned All-Big Ten honors. The 6-foot-2 setter was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and was joined on the rookie team by teammate Haleigh Nelson. Carlini is just the second UW freshman named to the All-Big Ten team and is the third Badger to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She is also the first All-Big Ten pick for Wisconsin since 2007. Carlini and Nelson bring Wisconsin's total members on the Big Ten All-Freshman team to 15 and mark just the third time that UW has had two members on the rookie team in the same season. Nelson, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker, leads Wisconsin with a .326 hitting percentage and 1.10 blocks per set. She ranks sixth in the Big Ten in hitting and seventh in blocks. The Cary, N.C., native has double-figure kills in seven matches this season, including the last three matches.

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