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Badgers beat South Alabama in historic match

Sept. 15, 2012

Wisconsin 3, South Alabama 1
Hanner Fieldhouse  • Statesboro, Ga.
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 South Alabama
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 Stats Leaders
Ording/Graff - 12 Kills Stewart - 14
Thomas - 46 Assists Kananen - 34
Ording - .611 Hit %
Schwartz - .304
Graff - 14 Digs Stewart - 17
Ording/Mitchell - 4 Blocks Schwartz - 3
Morales - 2  Aces Two tied - 2
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 59 50
 Hitting Pct. .356 .194
 Assists 53 46
 Service Aces 4 6
 Digs 56 52
 Total Blocks 10 4
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STATESBORO, Ga.-- It was one for the record books as the Wisconsin volleyball team won the Georgia Southern Eagle Invitational with a 25-20, 22-25, 25-16, 25-19 win over South Alabama on Saturday afternoon.

The win was the 300th victory for head coach Pete Waite at Wisconsin while junior Annemarie Hickey earned career dig No. 1,000 in the match.

 Fast Facts
• Head coach Pete Waite wins No. 300 at UW
Annemarie Hickey tallies 1,000 career digs
• Badgers win GSU Eagle Invitational

“It’s a great milestone and I’m proud of the all of the players we have here as Badgers,” said Waite after the match. ”It also makes me think of all of the teams here who helped me reach 300 wins. Every player, assistant coach, manager and athletic trainer are all a part of those wins and they all had to worked very hard. This milestone really helps me bring back some great memories.”

Waite improved to 300-132 in his 14th year at Wisconsin and 566 -234 in his 25th year of coaching.

Hickey became the 12th UW player to record 1,000 digs in a career. Her milestone came at 15-12 in the third set. The 5-foot-8 libero finished with 13 digs in the match to up her career total to 1,004.

“I think that’s a tribute to all the work that Anne’s put in and the great defender that she is,” said Waite. “Not too many people hit that milestone and she did it at the beginning of her third year. I’m sure she’ll get a lot more. She’s a very determined player. “

The Badgers won the invitational with a 4-0 mark to improve to 12-1 on the season.

Wisconsin hit an impressive .356 (59 kills – 12 errors – 132 attempts) in the match led by three players in double-digit kills. Tournament MVP Mary Ording shared team high honors with Crystal Graff, both putting down 12 kills. All-tournament selection Alexis Mitchell added 11 kills.

UW had a strong defensive performance, outblocking the Jaguars 10-4 and outdigging them 56-51. Ording and Mitchell finished with four blocks apiece, while Graff recorded her first double-double of the season with a team-high 14 digs. In addition, Caroline Workman added 11 digs.

Deme Morales was also named to the all-tournament team after leading the Badger with two service aces against South Alabama. She also added three kills and seven digs.

The Badgers trailed 16-14 in the first set, scoring five straight points to take a 19-16 lead. Two straight UW blocks started the run. Wisconsin led 23-20 before scoring two straight points to take the set.

Wisconsin led by three points (12-9) in the second set before the Jaguars rallied to tie the score at 16. USA scored three points in a row to take a 19-16 lead. The Badgers cut the lead to two (20-18) but South Alabama again scored three straight to take a 23-20 lead. The Jags served for set point at 24-20 but Wisconsin held off two set points before a kill from Savannah Stewart evened the match.

UW broke a 7-7 tie in the third set, outscoring the Jaguars 4-1 to lead 12-9. South Alabama cut the lead to 17-15 but the Badgers got their offense rolling, outscoring USA 8-1 to take the game.

Wisconsin controlled the fourth set from the start, slowing increasing its lead while hitting .424 (16-2-33) for the set.

Wisconsin opens Big Ten Conference play next weekend on the road, traveling to Northwestern and Illinois. 

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