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Varsity - March 14, 2013

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INSIDE VOLLEYBALL BY DIANE NORDSTROM @BadgerVBall SPRING SCHEDULE This Week SaturdayLoyola 6 p.m. Upcoming April 6 Green Bay 6 p.m. April 9Milwaukee 7 p.m. April 20 at Minnesota Spring Invitational All day He also added Tori Blake, a 6-foot3 middle blocker who graduated from high school early and joined the team in January. New staff looking to connect New era in Badgers volleyball is underway First-year coach Kelly Sheffield opens spring A new era in Wisconsin volleyball officially began on March 4 as the Badgers opened spring practices under first-year head coach Kelly Sheffield. Sheffield's goal is to rebuild the UW program and return to the NCAA tournament. The Badgers have not competed in the tournament 60 » VARSITY MAR CH 14, 2013 since 2007. "The players are working hard and getting a better idea all the time with what we are looking for, and I'm getting a better idea of what each of them are capable of," said Sheffield. Sheffield returns 12 letterwinners and four starters from last fall's 17-16 team. » In addition to three matches at home this spring, the new coaching staff is looking to connect with Badgers fans in other ways. "One of our goals is to make sure that we are doing everything we can to connect with the fans of the program," Sheffield explained. "The 'wash drills' that we do before our home Saturday matches will be open to the public, and we are also going to hold a 'Meet the Coaches' and a 'Meet the Players' session right after the matches where fans can ask questions and get insight into how things are going." Prior to Saturday's match vs. Loyola, the two teams will hold an open practice from 2:30 - 4 p.m. in the UW Field House. Fans and teams are invited to watch the practice. After the match, fans can ask questions of the UW coaching staff, which also includes former Purdue standout Brittany Dildine.

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