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Wisconsin falls in three sets to No. 2 Penn State



Sept. 26, 2010

2 Penn State 3, Wisconsin 0
UW Field House • Madison, Wis.
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 Penn State
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• Attendance: 6,036
 Stats Leaders
Penn State

McClendon - 16 Digs Kuzma - 14
Carpenter - 39 Assists Gabrielsen - 29
Brown - 14 Kills Wack - 10
Brown - .480 Hit % Walch - .273
Wilson - 4
Blocks Walch - 3
 Stats Comparison
50 34
 Hitting Pct.
.355 .147
43 31
 Service Aces 4
 Service Pct.
53 43
 Total Blocks
8.5 4
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MADISON, Wis. -- Despite a feisty showing, the Wisconsin volleyball team (11-2, 0-2 Big Ten) fell to second-ranked Penn State (11-2, 1-1 Big Ten) 25-15, 25-17, 25-21 on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,036 fans in the UW Field House.

The Badgers wrapped up their opening Big Ten Conference weekend going 0-2.

 Fast Facts
• Today's match marked UW's 15th highest attendance
• Kuzma now is at 17 straight matches with double-digit digs
• Badgers recognized 2000 team during intermission today

Alison Wack continued to show her senior leadership for the Badgers with 10 kills on the day. Freshman Elise Walch stepped up once again with eight kills, a team-high .273 hitting percentage, and a team-high three blocks. 

Kim Kuzma made her presence known against Penn State finishing the day with 14 digs, now on her 17th straight match with double-digit digs.

Wisconsin finished the match with 34 kills and a rough .147 hitting percentage.Janelle Gabrielsen contributed 29 assists to the Badger's total of 31. Wisconsin also marked two service aces and four blocks on the day.

Penn State's well-balanced attacking gave them an edge today as six players contributed to the team's 50 kills and .355 hitting percentage. The Nittany Lions ended the afternoon with 43 assists, 39 coming from sophomore Kristen Carpenter, four service aces, 53 digs and 8.5 blocks.

Senior All-American Blair Brown led all teams with 14 kills and an impressive .480 hitting percentage. Deja McClendon also showed she could come up with big plays as the freshman finished with 12 kills and a .462 hitting percentage.

The two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week also led both teams with 16 digs and was second making three blocks. PSU's other All-American, Arielle Wilson, also came up strong with 10 kills of her own and led both teams with four blocks on the day.

Both teams started off strong in the first set, keeping the score close with five ties. The Nittany Lions led 14-13 and would take charge with a 7-0 run. Wisconsin tried to regroup with a late timeout and brought in Bailey Reshel.

Reshel tried to bring a spark to the team, getting a quick kill and Dominique Thompson followed with one of her own. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough for a come back as they Badgers fell, 25-15, to start the match.

With the momentum on its side, Penn State came out strong in the second set, taking a 6-0 lead behind two service aces from Wilson. The Badgers fought back with big plays from Wack and Alexis Mitchell to keep the match close and pull within three at 15-12. PSU's 4-1 run gave the Nittany Lions the edge they needed, as they finished off the set.

The Badgers did not give up, though, and came out fighting in the third set. Wisconsin started the set with its first lead of the entire match and held it until a 7-7 tie. UW stayed close through 12-12 but Brown and McClendon stepped up for Penn State, which took a 17-13 lead.

The Badgers pulled within two (22-2) but Penn State was able to finish things off with kills from Wilson and Brown as well as block from McClendon and Fatima Balza on match point.

The Badgers finish off their homestand this week playing host to Illinois on Wednesday and Northwestern on Friday.

Julie McKay
UW Athletic Communications

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