For the sixth-straight season, the Wisconsin volleyball team has advanced to NCAA Regional play, downing Pepperdine 25-16, 25-12, 15-25, 25-13 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night in the UW Field House.
The sixth-seeded Wisconsin volleyball team earned a first-round victory over Green Bay Thursday night at the UW Field House on the first day of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
It took five sets and extra points, but Wisconsin volleyball team edged past Penn State in its home gym Saturday night.
Favored teams claimed Big Ten victories on Friday night. 4th-ranked Penn State, 3rd-ranked Minnesota, 6th-ranked Wisconsin and 21st-ranked Purdue all secured wins to continue their win streaks.
It was a match of runs, with the teams trading late rallies over the first four sets. In the end, Wisconsin was too strong from start to finish in Set 5 to claim the road victory and hand Michigan just its second home loss of the season.
All six home sides held court on Friday in the Big Ten, including upset wins by Indiana and Northwestern, who moved past Ohio State and Michigan State respectively. Illinois and Wisconsin each went the distance for wins over Michigan and Nebraska.
Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson averaged 7.89 kills, 3.00 digs and 0.56 blocks per set, while hitting .400 in wins over Tulsa and Wichita State in a record-setting weekend en route to her second VolleyMob Player of the Week honor.
Michigan’s Carly Skjodt, Minnesota’s CC McGraw and Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Penn State’s Jonni Parker and Wisconsin’s Tiffany Clark earn Big Ten weekly honors.
Tiffany Clark and M.E. Dodge battled for the libero position as #5 Wisconsin got by #7 Illinois in four sets.
Wisconsin rallied for a four-set win over Illinois, beating the Illini at their own game, winning the block 8-5 and denying Ali Bastianelli the career total blocks record for another match.