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White takes 3-1 victory over Cardinal in annual intrasquad scrimmage



Aug. 18, 2012

White 3, Cardinal 1
UW Field House • Madison, Wis.
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 White 25 25 17 25 --
Cardinal 16 18 25 19 --
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Graff: 19 Kills Mikaelsen: 14
Thomas: 43 Assists Kvas: 38
Mitchell .304 Hit % Mikaelsen .281
Seil: 19 Digs Kvas: 14
Mitchell/Ording: 6 Blocks Mikaelsen: 4

 Stats Comparison

 Kills 45 56
 Hitting Pct. .172 .281
 Assists 45 54
 Service Aces 4 2
 Digs 55 44
 Total Blocks 4 12
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MADISON, Wis. - On the heels of an 11-3 run, the White team mounted a fourth-set comeback to seal a 3-1 victory over the Cardinal team in the annual Cardinal and White volleyball scrimmage Saturday at the UW Field House.

White and Cardinal battled even early in the first set before White took off on a 6-0 run to open up a 13-5 lead. Junior Julie Mikaelsen led all players with five kills for White en route to a 25-16 win over Cardinal.

 Fast Facts
Crystal Graff led all hitters with 19 kills, while Julie Mikaelsen contributed 14
• Cardinal improved its hitting percentage over the first three sets from .036, to .286, to .417
Lindsey Seil led all players with 19 digs

White never trailed in the second set, but clung to a tight 14-11 lead before opening up breathing room on a 7-2 run. Despite a late push and 10 kills from Cardinal outside hitter Crystal Graff, White held on for a 25-18 win and a 2-0 margin.

Cardinal wasn't about to lie down however, as they put together a strong effort for a victory in the third set. Behind six kills from junior outside hitter Bailey Reshel, Cardinal jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, taking the third set 25-17.

Cardinal put together a .417 hitting percentage in the third set--a steady improvement from .036 in the first set and .286 in the second set.

After an even-paced start, Cardinal built a comfortable 13-9 lead mid-way through the fourth set. From there, however, White took off on an 11-3 run, gaining a 20-16 lead. Cardinal cut the deficit to 20-18, but a series of Cardinal errors proved costly as senior outside hitter Mary Ording capped off the match with a kill for a 25-19 set win and a 3-1 victory.

"Overall, I liked what I saw," head coach Pete Waite said. "We have more depth this year, the players are more mature.  We saw some really good things out of Julie Mikaelsen, she's been coming on strong this week in practice. Crystal Graff did a nice job on both sides."

Graff led all hitters with 19 kills, playing for both teams in different sets. Mikaelsen finished the afternoon with 14 kills of her own, while Reshel added 12. Mitchell and sophomore outside hitter Ellen Chapman each contributed 10 kills.

Junior defensive specialist Lindsey Seil led Cardinal with 19 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Kt Kvas added 14 saves. Senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell and senior outside hitter Mary Ording led all players with six blocks each, while Mikaelsen added four stuffs.

The Badgers now have one week left of preparation before opening the season against USF next Friday at the South Florida Invitational. Wisconsin plays two other matches against UCF and Creighton in the season kick-off.

Coach Waite said being able to compete in front of a crowd is a huge help early in the season, especially for younger players.

"It's really nerve wracking for some of the players to be in front of the crowd and play in front of their families," Waite said. "Some of the places we'll go this weekend, it will be a noon game and we might not have much of a crowd at all so you have to create your own enthusiasm on the court. You can practice on the court but until you put some bodies in the stands it's always different. "

Wisconsin opens its home schedule three weeks from now, hosting the annual Inntowner Invitational at the Fleld House Sept. 7-8.

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