- #12 Wisconsin def. Maryland, 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-14, 25-13)
- Wisconsin ups their record to 16-7, 7-7 Big Ten; Maryland falls to 16-10, 5-9 Big Ten
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Attendance: 6012
- Box score
MADISON, Wis. – #12 Wisconsin completed the season sweep of Maryland, but not without a fight. Maryland took its first set ever off of UW in Big Ten play, but the Badgers were too much, as they topped the Terps, 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-14, 25-13). It was an important RPI match for the Badgers (RPI: 8) over an upstart Maryland (RPI: 38) squad that already owns wins over USC (16) and Purdue (24).
Wisconsin got a match- and season-high kill total from senior outside hitter Lauryn Gillis, who pounded 17 kills on the night. Gillis hit .441 for the match and added 5 digs to the defense. Madison Duello got 11 errorless kills in the match, hitting .524, and added 4 digs, 4 blocks and 2 aces. Dana Rettke tied her career high with 9 blocks Saturday night. Libero Tiffany Clark dug a match-high 17 balls. Sydney Hilley had the Badgers’ only double-double, dishing out 44 assists and 10 digs. It was Hilley’s 8th double-double of the season.
The Terps are continuing to show improvement in coach Steve Aird‘s best season at Maryland, especially within their freshman class. Freshman outside hitter Erika Pritchard led the Terrapins with 12 kills, freshman libero Samantha Burgio tied the match-high with 17 digs, and freshman middle blocker Jada Gardner blocked a career-high 7 balls.
Courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics
MADISON, Wis. – The eighth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team completed a season sweep Maryland on Saturday night in the UW Field House. After defeating the Terrapins in three sets in College Park, Maryland, on Oct. 18, the Badgers downed Maryland, 25-13, 21-25, 25-14, 25-13, to .
Senior Lauryn Gillis exploded for a match-high 17 kills and sophomore Madison Duello notched 11 kills to lead the UW offense. Duello led the Badgers with a .524 attack percentage (11 kills – 0 errors – 21 attempts) while Gillis hit .441 (17-2-34).
Wisconsin (16-7 overall, 7-7 Big Ten) hit .333 (54–15–117) for the match and held Maryland (16-10, 5-9) to a hitting percentage of .118 (40-24-136).
The Badgers’ block went off in the fourth set as the team collected eight stuffs to help UW outblock Maryland 11-9. Freshman Dana Rettke tied her career high with nine blocks to set the pace for Wisconsin.
Four different Badgers earned double-digit digs to give UW a 61-44 advantage. Libero Tiffany Clarkearned a match-high 17 ups with M.E. Dodge, Sydney Hilley and Kelli Bates adding 11, 10 and 10 digs, respectively.
Setter Sydney Hilley added 44 assists to her 10 digs for her eighth double-double of the season.
Behind the service line UW collected six aces thanks to a career-high two aces from Riley Bell and two aces from Duello.
- Middle blocker Dana Rettke tied her career high with nine blocks.
- Freshman Riley Bell notched two service aces tonight, a career high.
- Sydney Hilley notched her eighth career double-double with 44 assists and 10 digs.
- Maryland took its first set from Wisconsin in Big Ten play tonight.
- Lauryn Gillis‘ 17 kills were a season high. She also tied her career high with two assists.
- The Badgers are 12-0 when hitting over .300 this season.
“Unless you’re down there on the floor and right behind the end line, it’s probably hard to appreciate just how good of a serving team we went up against tonight. I thought our passers were absolutely fantastic in battling these guys. It’s an onslaught for six rotations and I thought our passers were really up for the challenge and did a great job and obviously it was a really nice match for Lauryn Gillis. I thought she did a great job of going high hands and taking what the defense was giving her; coming in for some rips and hitting some goes and hitting line and cross court and into the seam.”
-Head coach Kelly Sheffield
“When you say possessed I feel like I’m not myself but tonight I felt like myself. So in that regard, I feel like I’ve been possessed this whole season and tonight was just me. I’ve told the team that I’ve felt this coming. Hopefully I’ll keep this going and ride this out.”
-Senior Lauryn Gillis
It was over when
Midway through the fourth set, the Badgers erupted on a 9-0 scoring run to help the victory. With Sydney Hilley behind the service line, Wisconsin combined for four blocks and got kills from Lauryn Gillisand Madison Duello to give them a 16-8 lead in the final frame. UW extended its lead to 21-10 off a kill by Rettke and served for match point at 24-12. The Terps held off one set point but another kill by Gillis completed the season sweep of Maryland.
Courtesy of Maryland Athletics
MADISON, Wis. – Freshman outside hitter paced the Terps with 12 kills as the Maryland volleyball team (16-10, 5-9 Big Ten) dropped to No. 8 Wisconsin (16-7, 7-7) in four sets (13-25, 25-21, 14-25, 13-25) on Saturday evening.
“I think we had a few good moments, but Wisconsin is a talented team and was able to string together runs,” head coach Steve Airdsaid. “We need to be more consistent and keep working.”
Freshman libero Samantha Burgio tied for the match lead with 17 digs while freshman middle blocker Jada Gardner set a career high with seven blocks.
The Terrapins picked the second set off the Badgers. It was the first time Maryland has won a set against Wisconsin since Sept. 6, 1996.
The teams tied seven times to start set one before the Badgers were able to use a 5-0 run to take a 17-11 lead. A 7-0 run for the home team put Wisconsin ahead 24-13. After Gardner extended the set with a kill, the Badgers finished the game, 25-13.
Gardner had three blocks in the second as the Terps were able to take the set. Service aces from Samantha Drechsel and Pritchard put Maryland ahead, 10-5, and Gardner posted a solo block to increase the lead to 16-10. Hailey Murray had a pair of kills later in the set, and Maryland reached set point on a Drechsel-Gardner block. Gardner combined with Angel Gaskin to seal the set, 25-21.
The Terps struggled out of the intermission as Wisconsin took a quick 5-1 lead. A 7-0 run pushed the Badger lead to 15-6. Murray and Milana had solo blocks and Pritchard and Milana had late kills, but Wisconsin was able to close the game, 25-14.
The Badgers posted six blocks in the fourth to limit Maryland’s offense. The Terps held a 4-1 lead but Wisconsin worked back to tie at 8-8. The Badgers used a 9-0 run to push ahead 16-8. Prichard posted three kills late in the set, but Wisconsin won 25-13.