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Volleyball upsets host Waves to take Pepperdine Classic

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Wisconsin Wisconsin 3, RV Pepperdine 1
Firestone Fieldhouse • Malibu, Calif. • Attendance: 570

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
25 31 22 25 --
22 29 25 10 --
 Stats Leaders
Chapman - 22 Kills Racich - 13
Thomas - 40 Assists Woolever - 45
Thomas - .625 Hit %
Cash - .429
Morey - 13 Digs Chandler - 14
Three tied - 5 Blocks Cash - 3
Chapman - 2  Aces Larsen - 2
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 58 50
 Hitting Pct. .341 .238
 Assists 55 48
 Service Aces 7 3
 Digs 51 53
 Total Blocks 11.5 4
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Aug. 31, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. -- First-year head coach Kelly Sheffield has stressed two things in his first season as the head volleyball coach at Wisconsin – get better every day and overcome adversity.

The Badgers did both of those things in their opening weekend, winning the Pepperdine Classic with a 3-1 win over the host Waves. Wisconsin downed Pepperdine, which receives votes in the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, 25-22, 31-29, 22-25, 25-10 in the championship match of the tournament on Saturday night.

 Fast Facts
• Chapman named tournament MVP
• Thomas, Thompson named all-tournament
• Badgers open season 3-0

“Enjoy it, stay hungry and there are bigger things to come for us this year,” Sheffield told his team after the match.

The Badgers enjoyed the play of junior Ellen Chapman, who earned her first tournament MVP honor, leading all players with 22 kills against the Waves. She also added a team-high two service aces and chipped in eight digs.

Juniors Courtney Thomas and Dominique Thompson also earned all-tournament honors. Thomas just missed her third career triple-double, tallying 40 assists, 10 kills and nine digs. She also shared match-high honors with five blocks. Thompson tied her career best with 11 kills and joined Thomas with five blocks.

Freshman Haleigh Nelson also tallied five blocks and chipped in six kills while leading the team with a .545 (6 kills – 0 errors – 11 attempts) hitting percentage.

Wisconsin outblocked the Waves 11.5 to four and also hit .341 (58-13-132) as a team compared to .238 (50-20-126) for Pepperdine. The Waves had two players in double-figure kills with Taylor Racich (13) and Samantha Cash (12) leading the team.

The Badgers also served tough, recording seven service aces, but also giving up 20 points on service errors.

Pepperdine finished with a 53-41 advantage in digs. Sophomore transfer Taylor Morey led Wisconsin with 13 digs while Annemarie Hickey added 12 digs. The Waves’ Ryann Chandler led all players with 14 digs.

The Badgers led the entire first set but the Waves battled, pulling within one point on numerous occasions, including at 22-21. Chapman took over late in the period, putting away two kills while Thompson recorded set point with a block solo.

Set two was a battle with neither team leading by more than two points. The Waves served for set point at 24-23 but two straight kills by Chapman gave the Badgers their first set point at 25-24. Pepperdine served for set point again at 26-25 but UW rallied again, serving for set point at 28-27 and 29-28 before finally converting at 30-29 on a Wave attack error.

Wisconsin battled back from a four-point (15-11) deficit in the third set to knot the score at 20. UW led 21-20 but Pepperdine outscored the Badgers 5-1 over the stretch to win the set.

The Badgers took control early in the fourth set, jumping out to a 15-3 lead behind the service of Thomas. She served five straight to put the set away.

Wisconsin returns to action next weekend, traveling to Fargo, N.D., for the North Dakota State Classic on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7.

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