Wisconsin volleyball set to play Michigan programs

The University of Wisconsin volleyball team will close out the first half of the Big Ten Conference season with matches against Michigan State and Michigan this weekend.

That’s all part of a makeover that’s taken place since longtime coach Cathy George retired and was replaced by Leah Johnson, who had built a solid program at Illinois State.


It’s been a rough first season as the Spartans’ only Big Ten victory so far came in five sets at Maryland.

Aliyah Moore, a 5-foot-9 sophomore who followed Johnson to East Lansing from Illinois State, leads the attack with 2.85 kills


Rebecka Poljan, a graduate student holdover middle blocker, averages 2.48 kps (.373). 


One of the Spartans’ assistant coaches is Jake Barreau, a Portage native, who was a volunteer assistant for the Badgers in 2013 and coached three years at Monona Grove High School.

The most-watched Big Ten contest this season was the Sept. 3 match between Nebraska and Ole Miss, which attracted 271,000 viewers on the Big Ten Network.