April 9, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- Playing its first full-length match of the spring season, the Wisconsin volleyball team defeated Milwaukee 3-1 Tuesday night at the Field House. With the 25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17 win, the Badgers improve to 3-0 in the spring season.
After splitting the first two sets, the Badgers and Panthers battled through a tight third set featuring nine tie scores and three lead changes. At 18-18, the Badgers took the lead courtesy of a kill from sophomore Ellen Chapman. Wisconsin never trailed again in the set, claiming a 25-23 win.
The Badgers sealed the win with a fourth set that was all Panthers early, but all Wisconsin down the stretch. Down as many as five early, the Badgers climbed back and sat tied at 15-all. A determined Wisconsin team took over from there, claiming 10 of the final 12 points en route to a comfortable 25-17 win and 3-1 victory.
The first set featured 11 ties in the first 22 points, but a .480 (13 kills – 2 errors – 26 attempts) hitting percentage helped the Badgers to a late 9-1 run, eventually taking 14 of the final 19 points for a 25-16 win.
Chapman led Wisconsin with five kills in the second set while junior Julie Mikaelsen added four in a frame that featured a late 23-21 Badger lead. But Milwaukee took the final four points to settle the score 1-1.
Mikaelsen led the Badgers for the match with 15 kills while Chapman finished with 13. Dominique Thompson rounded out the UW scorers in double-figure kills with 10. The team hit .320 (57-16-128) and led Milwaukee in blocks 9-5, behind five blocks from Courtney Thomas. Junior Annemarie Hickey contributed 14 digs and Mikaelsen tallied a double-double, adding 13 digs, as the Badgers edged the Panthers 44-43. Thomas collected 46 assists for UW.
The Badgers round out their spring season with the Minnesota Invitational in Minneapolis April 20.