#14 Wisconsin Back On Track Offensively, Sweep Hoosiers

  0 Kyp Harasymowycz | October 14th, 2017 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News


  • #14 Wisconsin def. Indiana, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-17)
  • Wisconsin improves to 13-4, 4-4; Indiana falls to 11-9, 0-8
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Attendance: 6012
  • Box score

MADISON, Wisc. – In a match where coach Kelly Sheffield stated that his players “got better as the match went on”, the Badgers had their best hitting percentage in nearly a month with a straight-set victory over Indiana. Their attack line (44-11-78, .423) was the best hitting percentage this season for Wisconsin since September 16, which was a straight-set victory over Southern Mississippi (40-5-76, .461).

The Badgers were led offensively by Indiana native Lauryn Gillis with 10 kills, hitting .529 on the night. Tionna Williams (another Indiana native) and 6-8 freshman middle Dana Rettke chipped in 9 kills each, with Rettke having a hand, literally, in all six of the Badgers’ blocks on the evening. Sydney Hilley ran the efficient offense, with 35 assists.

Coach Sheffield also alluded to the low level of digs on the night, stating “I don’t think there was a lot of defense being played.” His assessment was accurate; two Badgers had a match-high 6 digs on the evening (Kelli Bates and M.E. Dodge).

For the Hoosiers, the offense was led by freshman Kamryn Malloy with a match-high 10 kills. Sophomore Ally Badowski had a career-high 9 kills. Wisconsin native Victoria Brisack ran the Hoosier offense with 30 assists and chipped in a team-high 5 digs.


Courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics

MADISON, Wis. – Senior Lauryn Gillis aided the No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball team to a sweep of Indiana, 25-21, 25-19, 25-17, at the UW Field House Friday night.

Wisconsin (13-4 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) hit .423 (44 kills – 11 errors – 78 attempts) and held Indiana (11-9, 0-8) to a hitting percentage of .200 (36-18-90).

Gillis shared match-high honors with 10 kills while middle blockers Dana Rettke and Tionna Williams each adding nine kills to power past the Hoosiers.

Rettke played a part in all of Wisconsin’s six stuffs, helping UW out block the Hoosiers, 6-4.

Senior Kelli Bates and sophomore M.E. Dodge each collected six digs as the Badgers earned a 25-20 advantage in the backcourt.


  • Sophomore Mallory Dixon earned tied her career high with one service ace, the third of her career and the second of the season.
  • Sophomore M.E. Dodge tied her career best with one service ace. The defensive specialist recorded the first ace of her career vs. North Carolina on Aug. 28.
  • Wisconsin outblocked Indiana 6-4, the 14th team the Badgers have out blocked this season.
  • Libero Tiffany Clark notched the first kill of her career when a serve reception went over the net and fell in for a kill.
  • Head coach Kelly Sheffield is one win away from 400 career wins. The fifth-year Badger head coach is 399-141 in his 17th year as a head coach.

“I thought these two (Lauryn Gillis and Sydney Hilley) did a really nice job. I thought we got better as the match went on. Offensively, I thought we were pretty good. I don’t think there was a whole lot of defense being played. I’m not going to judge their side, but certainly on our side, I didn’t think we were real good defensively. But I thought offensively we were awfully good.

“It’s been a really good week. We’re happy with the week. We feel like we got better.

“I loved the mentality that Gilly had all the way through. She was ready to play and showed a lot of strength and senior leadership. It’s something that we’ve come to expect out of her. She’s put together a few matches in a row that she’s been awfully good.”

-Head coach Kelly Sheffield

“It’s something (improving her energy) that I’ve been working on for a while. It’s something that’s been progressing for me. I think that Nebraska game gave me more confidence, just knowing that we have to treat this game the same way. Every Big Ten team is a challenge. So we need to treat them the same way. It’s my mindset. I’m not worried about who’s on the other side of the net.”

-Senior Lauryn Gillis

It was over when
The Badgers found themselves down five (9-4) in the beginning of the second set. Wisconsin slowly worked its way back into the set before tying the score at 18 apiece. From there is almost all UW as the Badgers finished the set on a 9-1 scoring run highlighted by three Badger blocks and two kills from freshman Grace Loberg. Wisconsin scored the last six points of the period.

Courtesy of Indiana Athletics

Madison, Wis. – Freshman Kamryn Malloy led the Hoosiers with 10 kills, but Wisconsin hit .423 for the match and won, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-17) on Friday at the UW Field House.

Sophomore Ally Badowski had a career-high nine kills and junior Elizabeth Asdell added seven kills and hit .385 for the match. Sophomore Deyshia Lofton hit .308 with five kills.

Sophomore setter and Verona, Wis., native Victoria Brisackregistered 30 assists and added five digs.

The Hoosiers hit .323 in the first set with 13 kills, but the Badgers hit .467 with 18 kills and took the first set, 25-21.

The Hoosiers came out strong in the second set and got out to an 8-3 lead. Wisconsin got within two at 12-10, but Indiana extended the lead to four at 16-12 on a kill from middle blocker Deyshia Lofton.

Wisconsin came back to tie the second set at 18-18 and went up 19-18, before Elizabeth Asdell brought it back to even at 19-19. The Badgers closed the set with a 6-0 run to take it, 25-19.

In the third set the Badgers hit .409 and went up 10-6 early in the set. The Hoosiers kept it close and were within one at 15-14. The Badgers closed the match with a 10-3 run to win the third set.

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