Aug 24, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. – In its first scrimmage of the 2013 fall season, the White squad defeated the Cardinal squad 2-0 Saturday at the Field House. In a two-set match, White took both sets, winning 25-19 and 25-22.
The White squad topped most of the scrimmage stats today. Junior Courtney Thomas led all players with 15 assists. Senior Annemarie Hickey led both teams in digs with 11, followed by transfer Taylor Morey, who added five. Junior Ellen Chapman led the White Squad with six kills and two of the team’s three service aces. The Cardinal squad finished the match with eight blocks compared to just two from White.
Injuries were a definite factor in today’s scrimmage as several assistant coaches and former Badgers joined the Cardinal squad’s lineup. Assistant coaches Jake Barreau and Brittany Dildine led Cardinal, Barreau with 12 assists and Dildine with six kills.
Cardinal took the initial lead in set one, jumping out to a 14-10 lead. White rallied to tie the set at 16-16 and with the help of four straight serves, including an ace from junior Courtney Thomas, took a 19-16 lead. Chapman scored the last two points of the first set, scoring on a kill and an ace to give White the win.
During set two, White jumped out to an 11-4 lead, but Cardinal began a comeback with the help of three errors by White to bring the score to 13-10. Cardinal came within one point at 23-22, but the White squad sealed the deal with kills from birthday girl Dominique Thompson and Chapman, who hit .500 (6 kills – 1 error – 10 attempts) on the day. White did not trail once during set two.
The Badgers begin their official season with the Pepperdine Invitational in Malibu, Calif. on Aug. 30-31. Wisconsin takes on Iona on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing Delaware and Pepperdine on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m, respectively.