Badger volleyball welcomes top recruit
Freshman setter Lauren Carlini is nation's top recruit.
There's hope and excitement in the air during the first week of Badger volleyball practice.
"I've been really impressed with what I have seen so far and every day they have gotten a little bit better," said first-year head coach Kelly Sheffield.
Sheffield is the 10th coach in program history but he is not the only new face this year. SIx-foot-two freshman setter Lauren Carlini is the No. 1 volleyball recruit in the country.
"I think Badger fans are really going to enjoy watching her," said Sheffield.
"It's just a title that is some people's opinion, that's not others, so I don't put extra pressure on myself. I just love playing volleyball." said Carlini, an Aurora, Ill., native.
"Her confidence, her moxie is very impressive and we knew this coming in, but she has a real team-first attitude,"said Sheffield.
"There are no awards I want to get or anything like that, I just want the team to do well and I want us to make the tournament for the first time in a while," said Carlini.
Carlini committed to Wisconsin as a freshman and even though the program went through a coaching change her senior year, she never hesitated to come to Madison.
"After I saw Kelly and the way his coaching technique is and what he had done at Dayton, I talked to him a few times and it was the perfect fit. There's just so much history. I think the fans are just awesome and I think it's just a great place to play and they have stayed supportive through all these years," said Carlini.
"She said, 'Hey I am all in. Don't you worry about me, I am all the way in. This is the school I love and we are going to turn this place around together,'" said Sheffield.
The Badgers have not made the NCAA tournament since 2007.
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