No. 3-ranked Wisconsin Badgers moved to 4-0 in the Big Ten with a 3-0 defeat over Indiana (25-19, 25-21, 25-21) Saturday.
The Hoosiers capped off a killer weekend at home, hosting No. 2 Minnesota Friday and Wisconsin Saturday without winning a game.
Indiana stayed close to the Badgers for the beginning of the first set, but Wisconsin eventually went on a streak to gain an 18-11 lead and quickly won the set.
Although the Hoosiers held onto leads in the second, but Wisconsin capitalized on its 5-0 run to take the lead. A second 7-1 run helped the Badgers clench the second set.
Wisconsin claimed the win after big runs in the third set to overpower the Hoosiers.
Courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The third-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team rolled to a 4-0 start in Big Ten Conference play on Saturday, sweeping Indiana, 25-19, 25-21, 25-15, in Bloomington.
“I thought we fought really hard in passing,” UW head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “I thought offensively we were really good. Defensively, I thought we probably took a country club mentality to start the match, but I thought we got a bit better and challenged them a little.”
Wisconsin (12-1, 4-0 Big Ten) recorded a .386 hitting percentage (37-10-70) and collected six team blocks to narrowly out block the Hoosiers 6-5. Indiana (12-5, 1-3 Big Ten) hit only .233 percent (38-17-90) and recorded 11 service errors in the match.
Junior Kelli Bates led the UW offense, hitting nine kills and adding one assist. Senior Lauren Carlini hit a season-high .667 hitting percentage (4-0-6) and led the Badgers with 28 assists.
“Yeah, that was all Lauren,” Sheffield said of Carlini’s balanced performance. “That wasn’t anything we saw or talked about, I think it was just the flow of the match and she was making plays.”
Freshman Molly Haggerty and junior Lauryn Gillis each hit seven kills for Wisconsin, while senior Haleigh Nelson added six.
Freshman libero M.E. Dodge saved a match-high nine digs for Wisconsin while Carlini added seven saves and three blocks. Sophomore Tionna Williams recorded a match-high four blocks, adding four kills.
The Badgers started the match strong, running to a 13-9 lead and forcing the Hoosiers to take a timeout. The Hoosiers were able to steal a few points back from Wisconsin, but two Hoosier service errors gave Wisconsin an 18-13 advantage. Back-to-back kills from Williams sealed the first-set victory for the Badgers, 25-19.
Indiana put up a fight in the second set, forcing 10 tied points and three lead changes. Redshirt freshman Kendall Beerman hit four kills in the second period, keeping Wisconsin on its toes.
“I thought we had a heck of a time trying to slow down Kendall Beerman,” Sheffield said. “It didn’t seem like we could do anything. Even when we were digging her, the ball would end up hitting these low lights and end up getting a kill for them.”
The Badgers finally claimed and kept the lead after a Hoosier ball handing error, then went on a 6-3 run to force a Hoosier timeout with a 20-16 advantage. Indiana rallied again for a 3-0 run to cut the UW lead, but the Badgers held out for the 25-21 win and a 2-0 set lead.
The Badgers sprinted to a 5-0 start in the third stanza, keeping the ball rolling through the set to lead by as many as eight points. Four Hoosier errors in the final 7-5 run finished out the set to clinch the Wisconsin sweep, 25-15.
Up Next: The Badgers travel east to continue Big Ten play at Rutgers on Wednesday, facing the Scarlet Knights at 6 p.m. (CT). Wisconsin returns home Saturday for a matchup with #24 Illinois at the UW Field House, set for 7:30 p.m.
Kelli Bates (9 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs)
Molly Haggerty (7 kills, 3 blocks)
M.E. Dodge (9 digs, 2 assists)
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Courtesy of Indiana Athletics
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Hoosiers stayed with No. 2 Minnesota through the early part of every set, but the Golden Gophers pulled away to capture a 3-0 win (25-17, 25-15, 25-17) Friday at University Gym.
Senior Allison Hammond led the Hoosiers (12-4, 1-2) with nine kills, senior Megan Tallmanposted 23 assists and sophomore Samantha Fogg led the Hoosiers with seven digs.
The Hoosiers never trailed by more then two points in the first set until Minnesota (11-1, 3-0) opened up an 11-8 lead. The Golden Gophers scored seven of the next 10 points to build an 18-11 lead and won the first set, 25-17.
The second set started in a similar way with Hoosiers holding leads of 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 6-5 and 7-6. With Indiana up 7-6, the Golden Gophers used a 5-0 scoring run to go up 11-7. The Hoosiers fought back with three straight points on a kill from redshirt freshman Kendall Beerman and back-to-back kills by senior Jazzmine McDonald to cut the Minnesota lead to 11-10.
Minnesota again used a big scoring run, this time 7-1 to go up 18-11 and win the second set, 25-15.
The final set of the match featured six ties as the Hoosiers kept with Minnesota deeper into the set, scoring their 14th point on a kill from Hammond to cut the Minnesota lead to 16-14.
The Hoosiers again came within two at 17-15 on a kill from sophomore Jessica Admire, who had three kills on eight attempts with no errors in the match.
The two point deficit at 17-15 was the closest the Hoosiers would come for the rest of the set as Minnesota closed the third set with a 8-2 run to win the set, 25-17 and take the match in three sets.
Up next the Hoosiers host No. 3 Wisconsin tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Allison Hammond (9 kills, 1 assist, 3 digs)
Jazzmine McDonald (5 kills, 1 block)
Samantha Fogg (7 digs)
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