Batesville Post 271 at Seymour Post 89, 6/16/15 (game was shortened to 7 inning due to weather delays).Post 271-011 000 0. 2 5 2Post 89-103 101 x. 6 10 5For Post 271:Ethan Adams 0-3, run, bb, sbTaylor Kopplin 1-4Brandt Ricketts 1-4Noah Gausman 2-3, run, bbZach Pottschmidt 1-3Ethan Adams started on the mound, pitched 4 innings and took the loss giving up 5 runs.Taylor Kopplin pitched 2 innings in relief giving up 1 run.Post 271 record: 0-3Next game: Thursday, 6/18/15 at Brookville.Courtesy of Batesville Post Coach Doug Behlmer.
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoWisconsin volleyball head coach Pete Waite couldn’t have scripted a better start to the Big Ten season for his team. After opening conference play at home with a big upset win over Minnesota, the No.8-ranked Badgers went on the road this weekend and defeated a pair of top-ranked Big Ten opponents.Wisconsin beat the No. 21-ranked Purdue Boilermakers 30-27, 31-29, 28-30, 14-30, 15-9 for the Badgers’ first Big Ten Conference road win of the season this past Friday and followed the emotional five-game victory up with a 3-0 sweep of Illinois Saturday.”I was really happy with our play this weekend at Purdue and at Illinois,” Waite said at his press conference Monday. “Going into Purdue, they’re a top-20 team and they play in a small gym with a big crowd and they’re an extremely scrappy team.”And going into Illinois was another good match for us,” he added. “We had lost there the last three years, I believe, and to come out of there with a three game win was fantastic.”Waite noted that his team’s ability to prove it can win Big Ten matches on the road early on in conference play was crucial for the team’s goal to capture the conference crown.”[Being able to win on the road] was huge,” Waite said. “That’s something we have not done as well as we needed to the last couple of years and the Big Ten is tough. I’m really proud of our team and how they did so I think that said a lot for the road games … It was a great test for us and I’m really happy to come away with those wins.”Conference Rivalries: Wisconsin already toppled one of its biggest rivals in Minnesota earlier this year, but with fellow foe Penn State coming to town this weekend one can speculate which one is the better rivalry.Waite said the two rivalries are almost equal, but that his team may be getting the better of both the Golden Gophers and the Nittany Lions this season.”I would almost say Minnesota and Penn State are the two [biggest rivals] because of the border battle with Minnesota and the way the three programs have gone since 1999,” Waite said. “After you win, you go down a little bit, but I feel like we’re on our way back up and again we have a lot of sophomores starting so we’re still young and learning, but we’re right up there with the top of the pack.”The trio has been dominant in the conference and national scene the past few years with Penn State winning the national title in 1999, the Badgers making the national tournament every year since 1996, including a Big Ten title in 2001, and with Minnesota being a perennial top-25 team.Defense, the key to success: While Waite’s squad has had the reputation as being a great offensive team, it hasn’t always had the same success on the other side of the net. Nevertheless, he has worked extremely hard to improve the team’s defense and passing this year.As a result, the Badgers have become a much more balanced team and Waite is quick to point out that it all comes back to the defense.”The last couple of years I don’t think we were as balanced as a team that we needed to be offensively as opposed to defensively,” he said. “We had the block and we had the offense, but if you don’t pass and don’t dig then you can’t stay in game with the best teams.”We’ve improved that partly by recruiting by getting someone like Jocelyn Wack in there and also just trained hard for the last 8-10 months since last season to improve our season to improve our defense,” he added. “Our numbers are more balanced now, we’ve got the offensive threats, and its coming together better for us.”While all may sound perfect for the volleyball team this year as they are winning on the road, blocking well and passing well, Waite was reluctant to say his team doesn’t have anything to improve upon.”As a coaching staff, we know the things we need to work on and the players do too, and that’s the tough thing,” Waite said. “Sometimes I actually have to remind them to be more excited about the good things they do because they’re always thinking they should be better. They don’t realize they’re a top-10 team and they’ve beaten some very strong teams this year already, but because we’re always trying to make them better they feel like they have much more to learn, so they’re definitely hungry for more and trying to get better as the season goes on.”