Packer doing the dirty work for women’s hockey

first_imgThis hit from Minnesota goalkeeper Mira Jalosuo on Wisconsin forward Brittany Ammerman, a close friend of Madison Packer’s, gave the freshman forward a chance to get in the face of her opponent.[/media-credit]Want some more exciting women’s hockey? Keep your eyes on freshman forward Madison Packer.Coming off an injury in the off season, Packer has only played in four games this season, but has already started to prove her worth.Head coach Mark Johnson talked about Packer’s rehabilitation so far and how she is still working to reach to her full potential.“There’s things she’s going through now trying to get back to be 100 percent,” Johnson said. “It was a tough injury that she had last year, and so realistically she shouldn’t be playing, five years ago she probably wouldn’t be, but technology and our training staff and our doctors have provided her with an opportunity. She deserves a lot of credit because she’s had to spend a lot of time rehabbing and that’s not a lot of fun. We brought her along slowly and that was my plan.”After months of rehabilitation Packer finally got to see a fair amount of ice time in Wisconsin’s first road series against Minnesota despite not being fully recovered. Her physical and tough presence on the ice was hard to ignore.Senior defender Geena Prough actually played with Packer for a year before college – both are from Metropolitan Detroit. Prough noted Packer’s size and strength.“She’s a pretty tall girl so she brings some size,” Prough said. “She’s definitely strong on her feet. She will go into those corners and put her body into those corners and when she’s around the net you better watch out because the puck is probably going in the net. She’s just very skilled with her hand work.”Packer didn’t deny her physical style, in fact it was one of the first things she mentioned about herself.“I’m more of a physical player,” Packer said. “I’m a little bigger so I throw my body around. I’m able to get myself in positions where I can battle for the puck and stuff like that.”In the first game against Minnesota she did not hesitate to show she’s a tough force on the ice.In the second period, freshman forward Brittany Ammerman basically got decked by the Gophers’ goalie. As the players started to push and shove back and forth, Packer got right in the thick of things instantly, sticking up for Ammerman.“I saw Brittany Ammerman, she got dropped by their goalie,” Prough said. “I think it was big of [Packer] to go in right away, I was right behind her. You have to have your teammates’ back and her initial reaction was to protect [Ammerman], so I thought that was very big of her.”While Packer had some quality alone time in the penalty box, it was hard to forget what had just happened. But the freshman certainly made a statement to her teammates.“It’s great to have her on your line for someone like me who gets hit a few times per game – like in Minnesota – she’ll stick up for me,” Ammerman said.In games Packer made it clear she isn’t someone to mess with, and one should probably be careful when it comes to her teammates. But through her four games she still has not been able to put the puck in the net.When she has played, Packer has found some more time on the same line as the Ammerman sisters. There are nine goals between Brooke and Brittany alone, so it’s only a matter of time before she has the same success.“In fairness to that I told her maybe 10 days ago don’t look at other people’s statistics,” Johnson said. “[She’s] in a different scenario than other people [she’s] played with. [Her] progress has been good, [she] just has to be patient. She gets around the ice. She’s not afraid to get dirty. All the other stuff will take care of itself. She’s a good player, she just had a set back with this injury. She’s just making her way back to the top of what she’s capable of and what her potential is. ”“I definitely think I have the ability to score goals,” Packer added. “I think that playing at a different level it’s just going to take time to get a feel for the game and get a feel for who I’m playing with. Hopefully after that things will start to flow a little better.”Packer is tough on the ice, but off the ice she’s a positive and funny girl.Ammerman, like Prough, played with Packer before they were both Badgers. Two years ago they were on a U18 team together and were already good friends before committing to Wisconsin.Both freshmen may be adjusting to life in college, but Ammerman knows any more adjustments will not be difficult for Packer, not with her personality.“She’s a good person to be around,” Ammerman said. “She’s funny. She’s a little out there sometimes. Some of the things she says you just laugh at. She keeps it light. She’s not too serious, doesn’t criticize herself too much, she’s easy to talk to. She’s just someone you catch what she says and it’s always funny.”In the locker room she may be funny and light, but on the ice her presence feels the opposite. She’s not afraid to get tough and do some dirty work to help out her teammates. She’s got a unique style that is difficult to match up against.“She has unbelievable hands,” Prough said. “She’s very smart on the ice and she’s a really physical, tough player. I like her style.”last_img read more

All-around effort propels Badgers to victory over Huskers

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team took a broom to the court once again as the Badgers swept their sixth team in a row and collected their ninth consecutive win against No. 14 Nebraska.The match was filled with vigorous play by both teams consisting of nine tie scores and four lead changes. But in the end, the Badgers were able to earn a historic win against Nebraska; something that Wisconsin has not done for 36 years.In Wisconsin’s journey toward doubling its all-time win total against the Huskers, setter Lauren Carlini was a huge contributor to the Badgers’ three-set win.“I thought [Carlini] owned the match today. I thought she was totally in control,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “She executed the game plan great. She announced her presence with authority offensively. I thought she did a masterful job in all aspects.”Carlini was on fire from the get-go Sunday afternoon. The sophomore was aggressive at the net and utilized the second contact to her advantage as she amounted eight kills off tips, which gave her the team’s best hitting percentage at .643. Carlini even had one kill off a big swing from a Nebraska overpass during the second set, which raised her total to nine kills overall.“It’s always awesome to get overpasses,” Carlini said. “It felt good to be able to attack, but it also feels good to be able to set my hitters and have them get kills at the same time. So while I’m being effective, they can also be effective.”Carlini did more for her team than just convert points off tips. She served at 100 percent, which included one ace due to the error of Nebraska’s libero to close out the second set for Wisconsin. As a setter, Carlini also contributed 34 assists in addition to three of Wisconsin’s eight total blocks.“That’s a tough team because those outsides will tool your block like there’s no tomorrow,” Sheffield said. “I know that was a big challenge for [Carlini] and Courtney [Thomas] out there on the right side today, and I thought that they did a great job of rising to the challenge.”Blocking helped the Badgers hold the Cornhuskers to 37 team kills and a .132 hitting percentage, compared to their own 46 kills at a .265 hitting clip. Wisconsin did not go error-free at the net, but the Badgers did not make any unforced blocking errors, whereas Nebraska tallied four.Defense covered the entire floor all afternoon.In the back row players scrambled everywhere just to get even a touch on any balls coming their way during rallies. Throughout the game, it was rare to observe a rally without witnessing at least two players hit the floor in either an attempted or successful dig for Wisconsin.Freshman Kelli Bates and the senior Thomas both passed at 94 percent and senior Deme Morales contributed five passes of her own at 100 percent accuracy off Nebraska’s serves, as Wisconsin finished the match passing as a team at 94 percent.The Badgers dug 56 balls against the Cornhuskers. Libero Taylor Morey was responsible for more than half of these. She continues to maintain her title as the Big Ten leader in digs per set with an average of 5.33. But Sunday, Morey eclipsed her usual numbers after she ended the first set with 13 digs.Her efforts do not go unnoticed by her fellow teammates.“It creates so much more momentum for our side,” Carlini said about her teammate. “When we see her get these crazy good ups it makes every one else so excited for it and it makes us want to transition and kill immediately. So just knowing that she’s working her butt off for us it makes us want to work harder for her.”Morey tied her career high with 29 digs and set the UW record for a three-set match, but the entire team contributed on the defensive end of things. Whether it was blocking, passing or picking up any ball they could, the Badgers worked the net and the backcourt leaving few balls unaccounted for.When asked about her accomplishment of tying her career-high since her match against Colorado State, Morey gave credit to her blockers. She said they make her job easier in the backcourt and that she could not have done so well without the help of her team.“Some people shrink when the lights get a little bit brighter. Taylor Morey is not one of those [people],” Sheffield said. “You’re seeing a player who’s getting better and better and more and more confident.”last_img read more

Empowering Your Sales Outcomes with Inbound Marketing

first_imgConsistent sales are unattainable for companies that don’t ease the workload of the average salesperson.Inbound marketing is an excellent strategy that can aid in the unburdening of the sales team. Not only that, but it can also create more consistent and predictable sales outcomes, as Mike Volpe of HubSpot explains in this short video.Want to find out more about the results that companies using inbound marketing see? Watch the full video featuring Volpe.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more