March 16, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- Just in time for some spring cleaning, the Badgers busted out the brooms Saturday at the UW Field House, sweeping Loyola 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 26-24) in the first spring match of the year.
Sophomore Ellen Chapman led all players with 13 kills, while fellow sophomore Deme Morales contributed nine on the evening. Freshman Tori Blake, who graduated early from high school just this past winter to join the team, led the Badgers with nine blocks. Wisconsin outblocked Loyola 15-10.5.
The Badgers hit only .159 (38 kills – 21 errors – 107 attempts) in the match but held the Ramblers to a .000 hitting percentage (25-25-100). Wisconsin also tallied four service aces, led by two each from Morales and Kt Kvas, while not getting aced during the match.
Annemarie Hickey finished with a team-high 16 digs as the Ramblers outdug the Badgers 40-37.
Wisconsin fell behind early in the first set, trailing by as many as five, down 10-5. An 8-4 run put the Badgers ahead and the team never looked back, taking a 25-18 victory.
The Badgers and Ramblers battled tight throughout the second set with eight tie scores in the frame. Tied 17-17 late, neither team had taken a lead larger than four. But from there, Wisconsin closed out the set with an 8-1 run to take another 25-18 win.
Wisconsin opened a 12-7 lead in the third set but Loyola fought back to tie the score at 15-all. Nine tied scores later, the teams stood locked 24-24. A pair of kills from Morales and Chapman finally broke the flow and gave the Badgers a 26-24 win and a 3-0 sweep.
Sophomore Courtney Thomas led Wisconsin with 28 assists.
The Badgers take on Green Bay April 6 at the Field House for their second of three spring games. UW then faces Milwaukee three days later in Madison to conclude the spring slate.