After receiving a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team had to defend home territory two more times to stay alive in the big dance. The Badgers did so by taking down UW-Green Bay and Pepperdine over the weekend to advance to the Sweet 16.Their first battle came against in-state rival Green Bay Friday night. The Badgers got off to a quick start, jumping to a 10–5 lead before Green Bay called a timeout to think of a way to shut down Dana Rettke and company in the front row. But whatever Green Bay tried to do to disrupt a near-perfect Badger offense didn’t work. The Badgers rolled to a 25–9 opening set win without a hitting error through the set.The Badgers started out the second set cold, dropping the first five points to Green Bay. After a rally, the Badgers reclaimed the lead 7–6. The score would stay close throughout the whole set, but it took a couple extra points for the Badgers to win by two. After both defenses caused some long volleys, the second set ended in the Badgers’ favor 27–25.Volleyball: Wisconsin to take on UW-Green Bay in first round of NCAA TournamentThe No. 6 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) is preparing to take on UW-Green Bay Read…“I liked how our mentality was just kind of staying with it,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said when asked about the team’s response to the second set.The third set went more as Wisconsin had planned as they got off to another great start leading 9–2. Molly Haggerty tacked on three more kills to put her at a match-high 10 kills on the night. With the help of both Haggerty’s offense and defense, Wisconsin opened the tournament with a clean sweep, earning a 25–15 third set victory.Haggerty led the Badgers in both kills, with 10, and digs, with 15. Tiffany Clark also had 15 digs in a defensive battle of liberos. Rettke and Tionna Williams both stuffed five blocks, and Sydney Hilley had 36 assists.The next Badger opponent came Saturday as the Pepperdine Waves, who beat the Northern Iowa Panthers in a four-set battle Friday night, visited Madison.A Clark ace and back-to-back Haggerty kills established an early lead for Wisconsin in the first set. The rally continued for the Badgers with Grace Loberg getting a kill on four of the next six Wisconsin points for a 25–16 set win.The next set was all Badgers and then some. Williams, stepping up in her last home game as a Badger, recorded back-to-back kills to put Wisconsin up 7–4. Thanks to another impressive night from Haggerty, the Badgers cruised to a 25–15 second set win.Volleyball: Wisconsin closes out regular season with critical road victories against Rutgers, Penn StateThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) wrapped up their regular season with an Read…With their backs against the wall and their season on the line, Pepperdine dug deep and fought with everything they had left. The amazing serving team found their niche as Blossom Sato and Hannah Frohling served an 11–1 rally, helping force a fourth set with a 25–15 third set win.But the Badgers were looking to bounce back on their path to yet another Sweet 16. The team quickly put set three behind them and came back out to dominate in set four. With more great hitting from Loberg and Haggerty, the Badgers packed their bags for the next round with a 25–12 match-winning set.Leading the way for the Badgers was Williams with 14 kills. She received a standing ovation from the Badger crowd as she exited the UW Field House for the last time.“It was just incredible, the amount of support I have had over the four years being here. Going to the Sweet 16 with my teammates again is just incredible,” Williams said.Sydney Hilley had a big night leading in both assists and digs, recording 48 and 19 respectively, and recording six blocks alongside Rettke.The Badgers advance to the Sweet 16 for the sixth year in a row. They will take on the University of San Diego in Illinois Friday at 1:30 p.m. The game will stream online through ESPN3 with live stats at UWBadgers.com.
USA Gymnastics interim CEO Mary Bono resigns four days after taking job In July 2015, then USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny informed USOC CEO Scott Blackmun — who resigned in February citing health concerns — and Ashley that gymnasts had “lodged sexual abuse allegations against (Nassar),” according to the report.USAG then contacted the FBI, but it never went further than that. Both Blackmun and Ashley never did anything with the information they were provided until after Nassar’s actions were first made public by the Indianapolis Star in September 2016, the report stated.“Neither Mr. Blackmun nor Mr. Ashley shared the information received from Mr. Penny with others in the organization, and the USOC took no action between July 2015 and the date the Indianapolis Star published its account of Nassar’s child sexual abuse.”Nassar, who is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence on charges of child pornography and for molesting young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment, was not working as the U.S. Gymnastic’s team doctor at that point in time, but the report went on to state that his absences were not truthfully explained.“USAG acted almost immediately to provide false excuses for Nassar’s non-attendance at USAG events, thereby keeping the gymnastics community in the dark about the complaints of Nassar’s sexual abuse. USAG thereafter allowed Nassar to quietly retire under the pretense of a long and illustrious career.”During this time, however, Nassar continued his practice at Michigan State University, where he treated college, high school and youth athletes.“I’m appalled,” attorney Mick Grewal, who represents dozens of Nassar survivors, told Yahoo Sports. “I’m completely appalled that the adults that ran USAG and USOC did not take the appropriate measures or enact the appropriate policies and procedures to protect our young athletes. Instead, they allowed a culture to manifest.” The United States Olympic Committee released an independent investigative report Monday that stated there was a lengthy period of time where some of the top USOC officials were aware of allegations of sexual abuse made against team’s long-time doctor Larry Nassar.The comprehensive report, available online, was so devastating that the USOC fired chief of sport performance Alan Ashley after its release. The 233-page document, which was commissioned by a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the USOC, spoke to over 100 witnesses and reviewed over 1.3 million other documents, and came to the conclusion that some of the top members of the United States Gymnastics national team remained quiet as Nassar continued to have access to and see patients. “Nassar’s sexual abuse of hundreds of girls and young women was a manifestation of a broader set of factors and conditions in elite gymnastics and Olympic sport that allowed the abuse to occur and then to continue uninterrupted for almost 30 years,” lead investigators Joan McPhee and James P. Dowden said in a press release. “The fact that so many different institutions and individuals failed to stop him does not excuse any of them, but instead reflects the collective failure to protect young athletes.” Related News Ex-USA Gymnastics boss arrested, allegedly tampered with evidence in Larry Nassar case The report also showed more collusion between Blackmun and Ashley. It stated both parties deleted a specific email that referenced Nassar. It also focused on Penny, who concealed information and was later indicted by a grand jury in Texas.Penny requested medical records from the Karolyi Ranch, the team’s national training camp, to be shipped directly to USAG headquarters in Indianapolis. The documents were never sent.