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Badgers sweep Colgate to claim NC State Invitational title

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Wisconsin Wisconsin 3, Colgate 0
NC State Invitational
Reynolds Colesium • Raliegh, N.C. • Attendance: 127

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
25 25 25 -- --
21 16 13 -- --
 Stats Leaders
Two tied - 13 Kills Two tied - 6
Carlini -43 Assists Fifer - 18
Thompson - .409 Hit %
Reilly - .294
Morey - 20 Digs Donnelly - 13
Two tied - 3 Blocks Seely - 1
Kvas - 3  Aces Two tied - 1
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 52 23
 Hitting Pct. .317 .100
 Assists 50 22
 Service Aces 6 2
 Digs 70 47
 Total Blocks 7.0 1.0
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Sept. 21, 2013

RALIEGH, N.C.-- For the third time this season, the Wisconsin volleyball team claimed a tournament title. The Badgers won the NC State Invitational with a 25-21, 25-16, 25-13 win over Colgate Saturday evening to go 3-0 on the weekend and wrap up the non-conference season 11-1.

“Twelve and zero would have sounded a lot better,” said first-year head coach Kelly Sheffield with a laugh.

“We made a few errors the first 10 points of game one and then we cleaned that up a bit.”

 Fast Facts
• Thompson named tournament MVP
• Carlini, Chapman named all-tournament
• Badgers set school record for digs in 3-set match

The first set was a battle early with the Raiders leading 12-9. Wisconsin came back to tie the score at 13 off a kill by Deme Morales and built 18-15. The Raiders rallied to take a 20-19 lead before two kills by Haleigh Nelson put UW up 22-21. The Badgers added two more kills before another Raider error gave Wisconsin the set.

Tournament MVP Dominique Thompson had seven kills and hit .545 (7 kills – 1 error – 11 attempts) in the first set. She finished with 13 kills, sharing match-high honors with teammate Ellen Chapman, who was also named to the all-tournament team. Thompson also joined Chapman as the match leader in blocks with three.

“What I liked about every match was that Lauren (Carlini) and Dominique are getting a lot more comfortable with each other,” said Sheffield. “We gave (Dom) the ball an awful lot this weekend and those guys were connecting pretty well.”

Behind the serve of Kt Kvas, Wisconsin broke open the second set, going on a 10-0 run after trailing 4-2. The junior served 10 straight to put the Badgers up 12-4.

“We got on some really long runs,” said Sheffield. “Kt Kvas did a really great job, giving us some separation from the service line. We got long runs of points and what we’re trying to do is every time you go back to serve, you get a half point. We need one point every two times you go back (to serve) to keep those good teams out of system especially when we’re a little small on the block.”

The Badgers cruised to wins in sets two and three as they dominated the Raiders across the board. 

Wisconsin more than doubled up the Raiders in kills 52-23, outdug them 70-47, outblocked them 7-1 and outserved them 6-2 in aces. 

In addition to Thompson and Chapman, junior Deme Morales added 11 kills as the Badgers hit .317 (52-14-120) as a team. Carlini earned her first all-tournament honor, putting up 43 assists and scoring two service aces.

The Raiders connected on just .100 (23-12-110) percent of their attacks and failed to have a player in double-digit kills.

Five Badgers recorded double-figure digs as UW set the 25-point, three-set rally scoring school record with 70 digs. Sophomore Taylor Morey finished with 20 digs while Kvas added a career-best 13 digs. Morales (13), Carlini (12) and Chapman (11) all finished in double figures.

“This team will scrap,” said Sheffield of his team’s defense. “We don’t have a lot of fire power right now and hopefully the reinforcements will come but what we can do we can play really, really hard. And we’re really doing that, especially in the back court. We’re going really hard after balls and pursuing and not quitting on plays. When you’re doing that and serving pretty aggressively it’s going to be a stuff style to play against.”

Kvas finished with a career-high three service aces to lead Wisconsin.

The Badgers open Big Ten Conference play on Friday, hosting No. 21 Purdue at 7 p.m. in the UW Field House.

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