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Badgers bounce back with 3-1 win over Indiana

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Wisconsin 15 Wisconsin 3, Indiana 1 
University Gym • Bloomington, Ind. • Attendance: 897

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
 Wisconsin 23 25 25 25 --
 Indiana 25 22 22 19 --
 Stats Leaders
Thompson - 16 Kills Haverly - 17
Carlini - 53 Assists Tallman - 41
Carlini - .455 Hit %
Haverly - .351
Hickey - 13 Digs Hansen - 11
Thompson - 6 Blocks Nwaeze - 7
Two tied - 1  Aces Haverly - 2
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 63 51
 Hitting Pct. .284 .197
 Assists 59 45
 Service Aces 2 2
 Digs 80 85
 Total Blocks 12.0 11.0
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Nov. 1, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- After Sunday’s loss to Illinois, the 15th-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Indiana on Friday night in Bloomington, Ind.

The Badgers remain tied for fourth place in the Big Ten Conference with the 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19 win over the Hoosiers. This marks the first time since 2007 Wisconsin has won both meetings against Indiana in the same season.

Wisconsin (18-5 overall, 7-4 Big Ten) dropped the first set but quickly recovered to win the last three. The Badgers hit .284 overall (63 kills - 25 errors - 124 attempts), their highest attack percentage since the last match against Indiana on Sept. 28. The Hoosiers hit just .197 (51-25-132).

 Fast Facts
• Four Badgers tally double-figure kills, led by Dominique Thompson with 16
• Freshman Lauren Carlini records career-high 53 assists
• Wisconsin posts .284 (63-25-134) attack percentage, highest since since Sept. 28 

"Maybe falling down 0-1 is the Badgers’ way," first-year head coach Kelly Sheffield joked. "A lot of aspects tonight we struggled with, but I thought we played hard. We played together. We came out and got a really big road win for us."

UW won with a balanced offensive attack, with four players posting double-figure kills. Junior Dominique Thompson put away a team-high 16 kills. Juniors Deme Morales and Ellen Chapman followed with 12 kills apiece, and freshman Haleigh Nelson rounded out the offensive performance with 11 kills.

Along with leading in kills and attack percentage, the Badgers recorded more assists than the Hoosiers, backed by a career-high 53 helpers from freshman Lauren Carlini.

"We were balanced offensively," said Sheffield of his team's performance. "We were in grinding mode all night, and that’s okay. I think we’re comfortable doing that. It wasn’t pretty, but we didn’t give up on each other. We didn’t give up on ourselves."

Indiana (9-13, 1-10) was led by senior Jordan Haverly, who recorded a match-high 17 kills, while sophomore Amelia Anderson added 11 kills for the Hoosiers.

At the net, Wisconsin put up 12 team blocks compared to Indiana's 11. Thompson led the team with six blocks and Morales tied her career-high with four stuffs. Nelson also added four blocks for the Badgers.

Two players put up double-figure digs for Wisconsin. Senior Annemarie Hickey had her 13th double-figure match of the season with 13 digs, and Deme Morales added 11 saves to record her ninth double-double of the season.

Wisconsin started off the match with offensive strength, hitting .448 (16-3-29) in the first set. It was not enough to overcome five blocking errors and three service errors, however, and Indiana was able to win the first set 25-23.

Wisconsin trailed 20-16 in the second set but outscored the Hoosiers 9-2 in the final stretch to win 25-22. Chapman got hot at the end of the period, scoring five of the Badgers last nine points. UW put up four blocks in the set to help offset their .162 (13-7-37) attack percentage.

The Badgers battled from behind again in the third set. After being down 21-20, three kills by Morales, including the last two points of the set, gave Wisconsin a 2-1 lead in the match.

Indiana jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the fourth set, but Wisconsin battled back to tie the score at nine. Caroline Workman, playing in her first match of the season, served three straight to put the Badgers up 11-9. The Hoosiers battled back to tie the set at 14 but a kill by Courtney Thomas gave Wisconsin the lead for good. Five kills from Thompson, including the match winner, finalized Wisconsin's win.

"I was really happy with Caroline Workman getting her first action of the season. She’s worked really, really hard to get back and be healthy, and she gave us some big-time points at some times when we were struggling and really needed it," Sheffield said. "She really gave us an emotional lift. Really, from an emotional standpoint, she might have been player of the match.”

The Badgers get back on the court on Saturday, Nov. 2 as they face No. 16 Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Match time against the Boilermakers is 6 p.m.

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