Another week, another Division I rankings is out and Wisconsin Badgers volleyball sits at No. 1 for the fifth straight week. After going undefeated in the first weekend, the Badgers seized the No. 1 ranking and haven’t let go of that or their undefeated record.
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The Week in Wisconsin Badgers Volleyball
The Badgers went 2-0 to open Big Ten Conference play, defeating Northwestern and Indiana via the sweep. While their match against Northwestern was virtually no contest, the Hoosiers put up a little bit of a fight, especially in the 2nd set. Badgers volleyball went on to win that to record their second sweep of the week to continue their dominant opening run of 11-0.
Other Movements in the Rankings
The Badgers did see their firm grip loosen just a little bit, especially if you look by the points. Nebraska remained at No. 2 this week, but the points are where the intrigue is. The Badgers had 1595 points last week, while Nebraska sat at 1515. Both teams were 9-0. Nebraska played slightly better competition than the Badgers, taking on two ranked teams in Ohio State and Minnesota. Because of this, Nebraska moved to 1531 points while the Badgers lost 3 points to 1592.
Stanford was able to gain one spot in the rankings, gaining ten points to get to 1437. Florida continued a downward trajectory, falling from No. 3 to No. 4 while losing 25 points in the AVCA rankings. Louisville holds at No. 5 from last week, falling two points.
The NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Committee announces its Top 10 Rankings for results through September 23, 2023.
— NCAA Women’s Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) September 24, 2023
Iowa State and Western Kentucky fell out of the Top 25 after two wins against UTEP for Western Kentucky, and Iowa State defeated West Virginia twice. Arizona State is back in at number 25 after sitting 14-0 to start the season and grabbing wins against Arizona U and Washington. Creighton is the biggest mover after dropping 5 spaces to No. 16. This is after dropping a match against Xavier.
The Badgers are back in action this week, traveling to meet No. 22 Ohio State on Wednesday and Michigan coming to town on Sunday.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team plays their home games at the Wisconsin Field House in Madison, Wisconsin. It is the venue where they compete in Big Ten Conference games and other tournaments. Cheer for the Badgers as they open their Big Ten Conference play against Northwestern.
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