#8 Wisconsin Continues Preseason Roll With Sweep Over Arkansas

  0 Carly DeMarque | September 02nd, 2017 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News, SEC

Match Results

  • #8 Wisconsin def. Arkansas 3-0, (25-18, 25-21, 25-22)
  • Manhattan, Kansas
  • K-State Invitational
  • Match Stats

#8 Wisconsin rolls through Arkansas to a three-set sweep at the K-State Invitational, hitting at .415 for the match.

After a tight start to the match, Wisconsin fought their way to a lead in the first to take the 25-18 and 1-0 match lead. The second set was more distanced to start, with the Razorbacks making a showing for themselves in the middle of the set, tying the set at 13 all. At this point, three Arkansas attack errors and a miss-set by Rachel Rippee stopped the run in its tracks. Wisconsin forged ahead to take the set 25-21.

The final set of the match was led by Wisconsin, as they took a two to three point lead throughout the set. Arkansas stepped in late to make things interesting at 22-22, but Wisconsin rattled off three in a row off two attack errors and an ace to end the match 25-22.

Wisconsin was led by Kelli Bates with 15 kills and six digs while Madison Duello added another 11 kills. Tionna Williams and Dana Rettke each added five blocks to their tallies for the night.

Victoria Pilar led the fight for Arkansas with 21 points while Rippee dished out 33 assists.

Press Release

Courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics

In a battle of undefeated teams, the sixth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team came out on top, sweeping Arkansas on Saturday evening. The Badgers downed the Razorbacks 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 to improve to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the K-State Invitational.

UW won the match on offense, hitting .415 (44 kills – 10 errors – 82 attempts) while Arkansas (4-1) hit .227 (39-17-97).

Senior Kelli Bates led the Badgers with a season high 15 kills. Redshirt sophomore Madison Duello added a career-best 11 kills. Razorback senior Pilar Victoria led all hitters with 21 kills.

UW outblocked the Razorbacks 10-5 with four blocks coming in the third set, including three in the last four points. Junior Tionna Williams and freshman Dana Rettke both had a match-high five blocks.

Wisconsin had only one service ace in the match but it came at match point by Bates.


“We’re down by a handful of points there at the end. I liked our demeanor, I liked our confidence. Certainly liked our execution there at the end. Kelli (Bates) going back there and putting some good serves in. And our block, (we were) defensively where we were supposed to be.

“We’re only two weeks in but I’m constantly learning things about this group. What I’m learning is this morning, we were playing a match where we were blowing people out. I liked our demeanor there, I liked our business-like approach there even though we were up pretty big.

“Tonight we’re down, one of the first times we’ve been down this year and we were down quite a bit, and the same demeanor. ‘Let’s go to work, next ball let’s go to work.’ Nobody’s so high or so anxious or scared. That will be fun stuff to build on.”

– Head coach Kelly Sheffield

It was over when

Wisconsin won the first set by an easy margin but trailed by three points several times in the second set. With freshman Grace Loberg at the service line, the Badgers went on a 6-0 run to take an 18-13 lead. A 5-1 run by the Razorbacks made it a one-point game (19-18) but that was as close as they would get.

In the third set, Wisconsin trailed by five points four times, including at 16-11. Two kills by Duello and a kill by Loberg made it 17-15. A block solo by Williams followed by a kill from Bates knotted the set at 18. The score was also tied at 19 and 20 before Arkansas took a 22-20 lead off two kills. Wisconsin would score the last five points behind three blocks and a service ace by Bates at match point.

Up Next

The Badgers wrap up the K-State Invitational on Saturday when they take on the host team at 1:30 p.m. The match will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Press Release

Courtesy of Arkansas Athletics

The University of Arkansas volleyball team dropped its first match of the season Saturday evening, losing a straight-set decision to No. 6 Wisconsin on day two of the K-State Invitational. Redshirt senior Pilar Victoria posted a match-high 21 kills with a .368 attack efficiency. Sophomore setter Rachel Rippee dished out 33 assists to go along with five digs and a team-high four total blocks.

Saturday’s weekend finale against Syracuse is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT), and will be just the second meeting in the series between the two programs. Arkansas and Syracuse last met during the 1999 season. The Razorbacks’ next home match is Sept. 5 when they host Oral Roberts at Barnhill Arena.

#6 Wisconsin 3, Arkansas 0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-22) | Box Score
Attendance: 322 | Time: 1:24
Ahearn Field House (Manhattan, Kan.)


  • Leaders vs #6 Wisconsin
    • Kills: Pilar Victoria – 21
    • Digs: Okiana Valle – 6
    • Blocks: Rachel Rippee – 4.0 (0-4)

The teams exchanged four-point runs to open the match before Wisconsin took control of the scoreboard, building a 13-9 lead. The Razorbacks responded and pulled to within two points after a kill by Reagan Robinson. However, the Badgers won six of the next seven points to go ahead 21-14 and force an Arkansas timeout. The nation’s sixth-ranked team went on to take the opening set, 25-18.

Like they did in Friday’s win over Kansas State, the Razorbacks jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the second set after freshman Elizabeth Pamphile found the floor with her third kill of the match. Wisconsin began to chip away and used a 6-0 run to take an 18-13 lead. Arkansas (4-1) responded with a run of its own, winning four of the next five points which included three kills by Victoria. With its lead down to one, Wisconsin rattled off the next three points to create some cushion on the scoreboard and come away with a 25-21 set win.

The third set saw just two lead changes but featured eight ties, four of which came in the late stages of the frame. With the score tied at 5-all, the Razorbacks won six of the next eight points to take an 11-7 lead on a Victoria kill. The Caguas, Puerto Rico, native had nine kills on 13 swings and no errors in the third set. Arkansas’ lead reached five at 16-11 on a kill by Logan Brown. Another swing in points—this time by Wisconsin—evened the score at 18-all.

With the score tied at 20-20, Victoria and freshman Hailey Dirrigl put down back-to-back kills to go ahead 22-20. However, the Badgers reels off the final five points of the set with the help of three blocks. With the win, Wisconsin improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 during the K-State Invitational.

For more information about Arkansas Volleyball, follow @RazorbackVB on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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