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Volleyball wraps up weekend with 3-1 win over Long Beach State



Sept. 2, 2012

Wisconsin 3, Long Beach State 1
Walter Pyramid • Long Beach, Calif.
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 Stats Leaders
Mitchell/Reshel-15 Kills Johnson -18
Thomas - 45 Assists Roenicke - 41
Mitchell - .609 Hit %
Aigner - .290
Hickey - 36 Digs Johnson - 19
Mitchell - 8 Blocks Okpala - 2
Hickey - 2  Aces Jackson - 2
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 57 51
 Hitting Pct. .272 .144
 Assists 53 48
 Service Aces 5 4
 Digs 69 68
 Total Blocks 16.5 3
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LONG BEACH, Calif.--Behind a season-high 16.5 blocks, the Wisconsin volleyball team wrapped up the Long Beach State Invitational on Saturday night with a 25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 25-16 win over the host 49ers. The Badgers wrap up the weekend with a 3-0 mark to improve to 5-1 on the season.

"I'm really happy with the way we played this weekend," said UW head coach Pete Waite. "I think offensively we did things at a higher intensity than we did our first week of play and our blocking was outstanding. We had a very balanced attack with three (players) with double-digit kills. I thought it was a great team effort. "

 Fast Facts
• Badgers wrap up their weekend 3-0
• Wisconsin outblocked Long Beach 16.5 - 3.0
• Mitchell, Reshel led team with 15 kills apiece

Alexis Mitchell led the Badger block with eight stuffs, including one solo, as UW outblocked the Beach 16.5 - 3. Three other players finished with five blocks as Courtney Thomas, Julie Mikaelsen and Mary Ording each had five stops.

Mitchell was also dominant on offense, hitting a match-high .609, putting away 15 kills on 23 attempts with only one error. Bailey Reshel also had 15 kills while Crystal Graff put away 10 shots.

"Alexis Mitchell really dominated in the middle and Bailey Reshel did a great job on the left side," said Waite. "In the three matches we played in this weekend, different people stepped up at different times and that's a good sign."

Wisconsin hit .272 as a team, putting away 57 kills while the Beach (2-4) had 51 kills but hit just .144. Janisa Johnson led all hitters with 18 kills.

In addition to stopping the Long Beach offense at the net with its block, Wisconsin also had 69 digs in the backcourt. Annemarie Hickey tallied a season-high 26 digs for UW while Thomas added 11 saves. Thomas recorded her second-straight double-double, putting up a career-best 45 assists.

The first set was a battle with 14 ties and five lead changes. Wisconsin didn't lead until 16-15 when Julie Mikaelsen and Ording picked up the first block of the match. Neither team led by more than two points before the Badgers took the lead for good at 22-21 off a kill from Graff.  The 49ers held off the UW's first set point at 24-22 but another kill from Graff put the set away at 25-23.

Wisconsin jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the second set but Long Beach State rallied to tie the score at six. The set was tied four more times before the 49ers broke a 12-12 knot, outscoring the Badgers 5-1 to take a 17-13 lead. Long Beach hit .500 (14-1-26) for the set win.

"The biggest thing was that we were struggling with our serve receive," said Waite. "They had three servers who brought the jump top spin and we were struggling to pass it well enough for Courtney to run the quick offense.

"We got the passing going better (in the third set) and the momentum shifted. We came from three or four back and suddenly the momentum was on our side."

 Wisconsin trailed 16-13 in the third set before three of the UW's seven blocks in the set keyed a 8-0 run, putting the Badgers up 21-16. Ording and Mikaelsen combined on two blocks for two of the final three points in the set.

The Badgers jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the fourth set and never looked back, completing the weekend with their third straight win.

"It really helps the entire team confidence because they worked hard on things during the week and it showed up on the weekend," said Waite. "Even at times when we lost a set, we would come back, make some adjustments and improve our game. That's good to see in the second weekend of play."

The Badgers open their home season next Friday and Saturday, hosting the InnTowner Invitational in the UW Field House. Wisconsin will take on Drake, North Dakota State and Milwaukee in the round-robin tournament.

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