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Volleyball sweeps Delaware at the Pepperdine Classic

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Iona Wisconsin 3, Delaware 0
Firestone Fieldhouse • Malibu, Calif. • Attendance: 100

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
20 13 16 -- --
25 25 25 -- --
 Stats Leaders
Brock - 8 Kills Two tied - 10
Olsen - 21 Assists Thomas - 27
Brock - .167 Hit %
Thompson - .909
Shonk - 10 Digs Hickey - 12
Hillman - 2 Blocks Thomas - 5
Hillman - 1  Aces Hickey - 2
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 25 41
 Hitting Pct. .037 .376
 Assists 25 37
 Service Aces 1 5
 Digs 33 31
 Total Blocks 5 5
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Aug. 30, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. --Behind the play of juniors Ellen Chapman and Dominique Thompson, the Wisconsin volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 25-20, 25-13, 25-16 win over Delaware (0-2) on Saturday afternoon. The win sets up the Badgers to play Pepperdine (2-0) in the championship match of the Pepperdine Classic on Saturday night.

 Fast Facts
• Thompson sets school record for attack percentage
• Chapman and Thompson each tally 10 kills
• Badgers open season 2-0

"We got better as the match went on and that's what we're trying to do right now," said head coach Kelly Sheffield. "We threw out another lineup that we haven't spent any time practicing so it's important that we just kind of stick with it. I thought we did a really nice job of doing that."

Thompson set a school record for hitting percentage, putting away 10 kills on 11 attempts with no errors for a phenomenal .909 attack percentage. Her mark bested the previous 25-point rally scoring three-set match record of .792 (10-0-13) set by Deme Morales in 2012. Thompson's mark also improved upon the UW's side out scoring and 30-point rally scoring records.

"Those are some pretty impressive numbers that Dominique put up," said Sheffield. "She was hitting her angles, getting up quick and making it really, really tough on them."

Chapman added 10 kills as the Badgers dominated the Blue Hens offensively. Wisconsin finished with 41 kills and hit .376 (41 kills - 9 errors - 85 attempts) as a team compared to just 25 kills and a .037 (25-22-81) hitting percentage for Delaware. Courtney Thomas put up 27 assists, running the UW offense while leading all players with five blocks.

"Courtney did a great job of running the offense," said Sheffield. "She really kept things off balance and kept going to the people who were hot. She was also very, very aggressive offensively."

Wisconsin had a balanced offensive attack as all six starters finished with four-or-more kills.

UW also scored on five service aces, including two by junior Annemarie Hickey, while getting aced only once.

The Blue Hens finished with a 33-31 advantage in digs while both teams finished with five blocks.

Sheffield again switched up his line up, moving Hickey back to libero, where she led all players with 12 digs. Sophomore transfer Taylor Morey earned her first collegiate start at outside hitter, tallying a career-high four kills.

The first set featured 14 ties early before the Badgers went on a 3-0 run to take a 17-14 lead behind two kills from Chapman. Delaware came back to tie the set at 17 before another Chapman kill gave Wisconsin the lead for good. UW outscored the Blue Hens 7-3 over the stretch to take the first set.

The Badgers broke open the second and third sets early, taking a 15-4 lead in the second set and a 12-5 lead in the third set. Thompson scored four kills late in the third set, including the match winner, to lead the team. She was a perfect five-for-five in kills and attempts for the set.

Wisconsin takes on the Waves tonight at 9:30 p.m. CT in the championship match of the tournament.

"Pepperdine is a very balanced team and returns most of their starters from a year ago," said Sheffield. "It will be a challenge for us but we're up for it."

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