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Badgers beat Indiana to move to 2-0 in Big Ten


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Indiana Wisconsin 3, Indiana 1 
UW Field House • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 2,547

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
 Indiana
23 25 16 16 --
 Wisconsin
25 19 25 25 --
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IND WIS
Leach - 18 Kills Two tied - 11
Gallagher - 47 Assists Carlini - 43
Leach - .294 Hit %
Thompson - .667
Hansen - 21 Digs Carlini - 12
Nwaeze - 3 Blocks Nelson - 6
Two tied - 1  Aces Hickey - 1
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IND WIS
 Kills 49 52
 Hitting Pct. .130 .293
 Assists 49 51
 Service Aces 2 1
 Digs 55 46
 Total Blocks 4 7
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Sept. 28, 2013

MADISON, Wis.-- For the first time since 2007, the Wisconsin volleyball team opened Big Ten Conference play with a 2-0 mark. After sweeping No. 20 Purdue on Friday night, the Badgers downed Indiana 25-23, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-16 on Saturday night at the UW Field House. Wisconsin also improves to 13-1 on the season, tied for the fifth best start in program history with one loss.

"We're not going to be a team that gets real hyped about that," said first-year head coach Kelly Sheffield on his team's 2-0 start. "We talked about that with our team today. Let other people be surprised or overly excited. If you're dreaming big, then you're not going to get really stoked about a 2-0 start. It's a 2-0 start and that's what it is. We're going to get more excited about playing the game the right way and being prepared to play and executing. This team feels like they put in the work where they should be winning. That's the confidence we want our players to have."

 Fast Facts
• Team advances to 2-0 in Big Ten competition for the first time since 2007
• Carlini records double-double with 43 assists and 12 digs
• Morales and Thompson lead team with 11 kills each

The first set was neck and neck, featuring 12 ties and seven lead changes. Throughout the entire set, neither team led by more than two points. Indiana (8-5 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) battled to a 19-19 tie but was done in by two late hitting errors. Deme Morales led UW with six kills in the set, including the set winner.

The Badger offense looked lackluster during the second set, especially in comparison to Indiana who hit .448 (16 attempts - 3 errors - 29 attempts). Wisconsin pulled within two points at 15-13 but could not stick with it as Indiana pulled away to win by six.

"Indiana changed it up on us," said setter Lauren Carlini. "They did not do what we were expecting. It took a while to transition that. When we came out for games three and four, we switched our game plan up to set the middles more."

Hindered by four hitting errors and a service error, Indiana handed Wisconsin a 5-1 lead to start out the third set. The Badgers breezed through, enjoying a .360 attack percentage (10-1-25) compared to Indiana's negative .069 (10-12-29). Freshman Haleigh Nelson showed her stuff and helped solidify the win with three blocks and a kill all coming in the Badgers' last four points of the set.

"Momentum started going our way," said Sheffield of his team's play in the third and fourth sets. "The crowd got going. Our middles started getting involved more. Once we changed things up, it really made things tough. We served a lot better.

"Our players came out of the locker room with a mentality that you need to have. They found another gear. That's something else we learned about our team--that there's another gear when we need it. That's good."

The Haleigh Nelson show continued in the fourth set as she put away three kills to put the Badgers up 3-0. Wisconsin eased through the deciding set as well, leading the whole way. Once again, the team hitting average was key. The Badgers hit .417 (16-1-36) compared to a mere .083 (10-7-36) by Indiana. Dominique Thompson racked up six kills this set to help finish off the Hoosiers.

Indiana proved to be its own worst enemy, especially late in the match, and committed costly errors when it mattered most. Though junior middle blocker Morgan Leach led all players with 18 kills, it wasn't enough to defeat a balanced attack from the Badgers. Morales and Thompson both chipped in 11 kills. Courtney Thomas and Nelson each added nine kills while Ellen Chapman put away seven kills.

Despite committing 12 service errors, double the amount of Indiana, Wisconsin was able to pull through the match thanks to their blocking and attack percentage. The Badgers hit .293 (52-13-133) overall while Indiana was held to .130 (49-32-131), and they out-blocked the Hoosiers 7-4.

UW recorded just one service ace in the match while Indiana had two aces, marking the first time this season the Badgers recorded fewer aces than an opponent. The Hoosiers also outdug Wisconsin 55-46 as Carlini led UW with 12 digs. She recorded her seventh double-double of the season, putting up 43 assists. Taylor Morey also recorded double-digit digs with 11.

The Badgers travel to Iowa (9-5, 0-2) on Wednesday to continue Big Ten play. Game time against the Hawkeyes is at 6:30 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network.  

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