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Volleyball wins second straight to open season



Aug. 25, 2012

Wisconsin 3, UCF 0
The Corral • Tampa, Fla.
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 Stats Leaders
Crump - 12 Kills Chapman - 13
Reiterova - 22 Assists Thomas - 34
Sarden - .389 Hit %
Graff - .500
Reiterova - 12 Digs Hickey - 13
Sarden - 3 Blocks Mitchell/Ording - 6
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 41 45
 Hitting Pct. .149 .314
 Assists 35 41
 Service Aces 3 1
 Digs 42 40
 Total Blocks 3 13.5
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MADISON, Wis.-- For the second match in a row, the Wisconsin volleyball team used late-set surges to pull away from its opponent and earn a straight-set win. The Badgers improved to 2-0 on the year with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-21 victory over Central Florida (0-2) in the second round of the USF Invitational on Saturday morning.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers improve to 2-0 on the season
• UW faces Creighton in championship match tonight
• Chapman, Mikaelsen record double-figure kills

“That was a good win to start the day against a strong Central Florida team,” said UW head coach Pete Waite. “I think we were pretty balanced – both our offense and defense were strong today.

“That was a good win to start the day against a strong Central Florida team,” said UW head coach Pete Waite. “I think we were pretty balanced – both our offense and defense were strong today. 

“While some of the scores were a little close for a while, we really pulled away at the end of each set and steadied out for a good win.”

Leading 21-19, Wisconsin outscored the Knights 4-1 to take the first set. In the second set, UCF cut the UW lead to two (19-17) but the Badgers went on a 6-2 run to lead two sets to none.  The Knights led 18-17 in the third set but UW used two key blocks to outscore UCF 8-3 to complete the sweep.

The Badgers were led offensively by the quartet of Ellen Chapman, Julie Mikaelsen, Alexis Mitchell and Crystal Graff. For the second straight match, Chapman had 13 kills to lead all hitters. Mikaelsen added a season-high 10 kills while Mitchell chipped in nine kills. Graff, making her first appearance of the season, finished with eight kills on 16 attempts with no errors for a .500 attack percentage.

Wisconsin hit .314 (45 kills – 13 errors – 102 attempts) as a team compared to just .149 (41-23-121) for the Knights. UCF was led by Angelica Krump with 12 kills.

In addition to a balanced offensive attack, Wisconsin tallied 13.5 team blocks, more than doubling its effort from last night. Mitchell and Ording led all blockers with six stuffs apiece, a career high for Ording.

“Our blocking was one of the best outings we’ve had in a three-set match in a long time,” explained Waite. “We worked on our blocking a little bit this morning before the match, making sure we get our hands low and across the net and that paid off.”

The Knights had only three blocks in the match.

UW also improved its back-row defense, led by 13 digs from Annemarie Hickey, as the Badgers improved all around from Friday night’s match.

“That’s what you hope for from the first match you play to the second match of the season, that things start coming together a little bit better,” said Waite.

The Badgers wrap up tournament play Saturday night against Creighton (2-0) in what will be the championship match of the invitational.

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