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Badgers bounce back to beat Milwaukee

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Milwaukee 25 Wisconsin 3, Milwaukee 1
2013 InnTowner Invitational
UW Field House • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 2,137

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
20 29 15 17 --
25 27 25 25 --
 Stats Leaders
Ruiz - 16 Kills Chapman - 17
Price - 38 Assists Carlini - 50
Gruber - .500 Hit %
Chapman - .357
Mulvey - 17 Digs Morey - 23
Neuberger - 7 Blocks Nelson - 4
Two Tied - 1  Aces Chapman - 5
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 43 62
 Hitting Pct. .140 .213
 Assists 43 59
 Service Aces 2 7
 Digs 79 83
 Total Blocks 10 7
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Sept. 14, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - After dropping their home-opener to Kansas during day one of the InnTowner Invitational, the Wisconsin volleyball team bounced back in day two to beat Milwaukee 3-1 at the Field House. The Badgers took three of four sets, winning 25-20, 27-29, 25-15 and 25-17.

After the Badgers took the first set, Milwaukee (4-5) stuck with it to take the second, but Wisconsin (7-1) finished it off fairly easily in the last two, winning by 10 and eight points, respectively.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers recorded season-high 83 digs
• Four players recorded double-digit kills
• Three players recorded double-doubles

The Badgers continued with last night’s lineup, playing without senior Annemarie Hickey, who is out with an injured ankle

“I thought we showed up to play,” said first-year head coach Kelly Sheffield. “With great teams, when they get knocked down they get right back up. It was a fast turnaround (from Friday’s match to today’s)… I was happy with our effort.”

Set one remained close throughout, but four straight serves from junior Ellen Chapman keyed a 4-0 run that put the Badgers up 24-19. Chapman led the team offensively in the set, hitting .385 (5 kills-0 errors-13 attempts).

Set two was close the whole way, featuring 14 ties but only two lead changes. The Badgers battled through four Milwaukee set points with the first one coming at 24-23. The Panthers eventually converted on their fifth set point at 28-27. Junior Deme Morales recorded six of her 12 kills in the set and freshman Haleigh Nelson added five putaways. Blocking keyed the Milwaukee win as they outblocked Wisconsin 4-1 in the set.

The Badgers eased through the third set, hitting .225 (15-6-40) while Milwaukee recorded a .031 (6-5-32) attack percentage. Leading by two points at 14-12, UW pulled ahead with a 7-0 run and didn’t look back.

The fourth set was much of the same and the team hitting percentage once again made the difference. Milwaukee struggled to get their offense going, hitting .059 (9-7-34) compared to Wisconsin’s .212 (12-5-33). The Badgers did not trail during the fourth set and sealed the deal with a five-point run.

The Badgers showed a balanced offense with four players recording double-digit kills and three racking up double-doubles. Chapman led all players with 17 kills and a career-high five aces while Haleigh Nelson had a career-high kills, contributing 13 on a .360 attack percentage (13-4-25). Morales and Courtney Thomas chipped in 12 kills each.

Wisconsin finished with nearly 20 more kills than the Panthers (62-43) and hit .213 (62-25-174) for the match compared to .140 (43-21-157) for Milwaukee.

On the defensive side, the Badgers tallied a season-high with 83 digs. Junior transfer Taylor Morey had a season high 23 saves and freshman Lauren Carlini’s double-double included a career-high 20 digs. The newcomer also put up 50 assists at setter.

On the success of his freshmen, Sheffield said, “I think Lauren is getting a little more comfortable going to Haleigh, and I think Haleigh is getting a little more confidence as the season goes along. She had her opportunities today and did a good job capitalizing on those.”

Despite recording 10 blocks in comparison to Wisconsin’s seven, Milwaukee’s offense seemed to be stuck in neutral for most of the match. Just two players, freshmen Myanna Ruiz and junior Julie Kolinske, accounted for 31 of the Panthers’ 43 match kills. UWM had five players in double-digit digs, led by Maisey Mulvey with 17.

The InnTowner Invitational wraps up tonight as Wisconsin takes on Bowling Green at 7 p.m.

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