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Volleyball finishes second at InnTowner Invitational

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Bowling Green 25 Wisconsin 3, Bowling Green 0
2013 InnTowner Invitational
UW Field House • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 2,552

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
 Bowling Green
20 15 20 -- --
25 25 25 -- --
 Stats Leaders
Butterfield - 11 Kills Chapman - 13
Fullenkamp - 23 Assists Carlini - 31
Butterfield - .231 Hit %
Chapman - .387
Dunn - 12 Digs Morey - 12
Bates - 3 Blocks Nelson - 4
Skinner - 1  Aces Two tied - 1
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 34 39
 Hitting Pct. .064 .260
 Assists 31 36
 Service Aces 1 2
 Digs 45 45
 Total Blocks 4 8
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Sept. 14, 2013

MADISON, Wis.-- Overcoming adversity has been a theme for the Wisconsin volleyball team this season. The Badgers did just that again on Saturday night, sweeping Bowling Green 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 in the final match of the InnTowner Invitational in the UW Field House. UW wrapped up the weekend 2-1 to finish second in its own tournament behind Kansas (3-0).

With senior starter Annemarie Hickey out all weekend with an ankle injury, first-year head coach Kelly Sheffield also didn’t know if he was going to have starters Courtney Thomas and Dominique Thompson available tonight due to injury.

 Fast Facts
• Chapman and Morales named all-tournament
• Chapman leads all players with 13 kills
• Badgers improve to 8-1 on year

“I’m not someone to talk about injuries a lot because those things happen in sports, but we’ve been hit awfully hard,” said Sheffield. “I thought we showed up to play this morning and this evening we weren’t sure that Courtney and Dom were going to be able to play. They were in a lot of pain (but) they’re begging the training staff to let them play. They’re warriors. It’s hard not to respect a team that’s going to compete like that.”

And compete the Badgers (8-1) did. Wisconsin took a 16-11 lead in the first set but the Falcons battled back to pull within two (19-17). All-tournament selection Ellen Chapman scored the last three UW points to give the Badgers the first set.

In the second set, Wisconsin upped its 13-11 lead to 21-12 with Chapman serving seven straight. UW lead by just one point (19-18) in the third set before a kill and a block by Chapman keyed a 6-2 run to give the Badgers the sweep.

Wisconsin’s block keyed the wins in sets two and three, tallying seven of the UW’s eight blocks in the last two sets. The Falcons (1-7) hit negative in both sets to finish the match at just .064 (34 kills – 27 errors – 109 attempts). Freshman Haleigh Nelson had a match-high four blocks for the Badgers.

“These guys want it so bad and you see the performances of some players, like Ellen growing in front of our eyes and you’re seeing Deme Morales having such a monster weekend and filling a role she hasn’t even practiced,” said Sheffield. “You want to win. You do everything you can to win. I think what you take out more from this weekend is how we played rather than what our record is.”

Morales stepped into the starting outside hitter role in place of the injured Hickey and earned all-tournament honors. The 5-8 junior finished the night with eight kills and eight digs.

Chapman finished with a match high 13 kills and hit .387 (13-1-31) to lead all players.

“I think we did a really good job this weekend terminating the ball,” said Chapman. “Deme did a great job passing, stepping in with Anne’s injury. Courtney, Taylor Morey and Deme did a fantastic job getting the ball to the target, which made it much easier for the hitters. Lauren (Carlini) did a good job running the system. Everything just meshed well this weekend.”

The Badgers hit .260 (39-12-104) as a team as Carlini put up 31 assists. Morey shared match-high honors with 12 digs while Carlini and Thomas added nine digs apiece.

The Badgers wrap up the non-conference season next weekend, Sept. 20-21, at the NC State Invitational, facing NC State, Virginia Commonwealth and Colgate in the tournament.

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