April 6, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. - It came down to a come-from-behind win in the third set but the Wisconsin volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the spring season with a 25-13, 24-26, 17-15 win over in-state rival Green Bay on Saturday night in the UW Field House.
Wisconsin opened the match with a commanding 25-13 first-set victory. An early 4-0 run put the Badgers up 9-3, and with a 16-11 advantage, Wisconsin took over the match with another 4-0 run. From there, the Badgers won five of the final seven points for the win.
Sophomore Ellen Chapman led Wisconsin with six kills while fellow sophomore Deme Morales contributed five in the first set.
Green Bay came out fighting in the second set, taking a 5-0 lead. The Badgers clawed their way back into the set and down 12-9, Wisconsin took a one-point lead with a 4-0 run. Neither team led by more than two points for the remainder of the set, eventually locked in a 24-all tie. Green Bay took the final two points of the set though for the 26-24 win.
The third set proved as thrilling as the end of set number two, with neither team taking more than a two-point lead. The short set featured five lead changes and nine tied scores, including 12-12. Green Bay grabbed the next two points to force a match point at 14-12. A kill from Chapman extended the set while a Phoenix error tied the set at 14-14.
The Badgers took two of the next three points to force their own match point at 16-15. Thomas then sent a low return over the net on the next point to give Wisconsin a 17-15 win and a 2-1 victory.
Chapman led the Badgers with 13 kills in the match, while Thomas contributed 28 of 39 total assists and a .800 (8 kills - 0 errors - 10 attempts) hitting percentage. Thomas, Tori Blake and junior Dominique Thompson all finished the evening with six blocks as the Badgers outblocked the Phoenix 12-3
Wisconsin looks for its third spring win Tuesday when it takes on Milwaukee at the Field House. First serve is at 7 p.m. and admission is free.