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Railroaded: Badgers force fifth set, but can't overcome Boilermakers

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Wisconsin 16 Purdue 3, 15 Wisconsin 2
Holloway Gym • West Lafayette, Ind. • Attendance: 2,764

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
 Wisconsin 26 21 24 33 15
 Purdue 24 25 26 31 17
 Stats Leaders
Chapman - 16 Kills Nichol - 15
Carlini - 62 Assists Nichol - 34
Thompson - .400 Hit %
Jones - .421
Hickey - 19 Digs Cramer - 23
Thomas/Nelson - 6 Blocks Jones - 7
Carlini - 2  Aces Neill - 3
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 76 70
 Hitting Pct. .228 .246
 Assists 67 65
 Service Aces 6 5
 Digs 73 87
 Total Blocks 8 13
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Nov. 2, 2013

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Battling back from a 2-1 deficit in the match, the 15th-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team won the fourth set but couldn’t stop No. 16 Purdue, falling 24-26, 25-21, 26-24, 31-33, 17-15 at Holloway Gym on Saturday night.

In the fifth set, Wisconsin (18-6 overall, 7-5 Big Ten) held off two match points, first at 14-13 and again at 15-14, but two straight Boilermaker (16-7, 7-5) kills gave Purdue the set and match.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers had 5 players record double-digit kills
• Carlini posts career-high 62 assists
• Four UW players recorded double-digit digs

“Defensively we played really, really hard tonight,” UW head coach Kelly Sheffield said after the match. “Both teams were battling like crazy, both teams had trouble executing certain elements of the game.”

For the first time under 25-point rally scoring, Wisconsin had five players record double-figure kills. Ellen Chapman led all players with 16 kills while Courtney Thomas (15), Deme Morales (15), Dominique Thompson (15) and Haleigh Nelson (11) all put away 10-or-more kills.

Wisconsin had four players in double-digits digs with Annemarie Hickey sharing match-high honors with 19. Lauren Carlini added 18 saves while Thomas (12) and Morales (12) both collected double-doubles.

Carlini put up a career-high 62 assists in running the Badger offense.

Wisconsin, fresh off a 3-1 win over Indiana Friday night, came out swinging, taking the first set, 26-24. With Purdue leading, 24-23, three-straight kills by the Badgers’ claimed the set.

The Boilermakers rebounded for a 25-21 win in the second set, using a 5-0 run to tie the set and take the lead.

 Purdue then claimed the third set with a 26-24 win, capitalizing on four-straight Badger errors to end the set.

With the game on the line, Wisconsin forced a fifth set with a 33-31 triumph in the fourth frame. The fourth stanza featured 21 ties and 11 lead changes.

“When you go into someone else’s gym and you have them against the wall, you’ve got to be able to execute,” continued Sheffield.

Wisconsin tallied 18 service errors in the match, including four in the decisive fifth set.

 “I thought in game five we played a little safe with our attacking,” Sheffield said.

The Badgers hit .286 in the fifth set (9 kills-1 error-28 attempts), but Purdue was able claimed the win hitting .276 (12-4-29) in the final frame.

Overall, the Badgers hit .228 (76 kills - 29 errors - 206 attempts), while the Boilermakers hit .246 (70-24-187). The Boilers outblocked the Badgers (13-8) and outdug them (87-73).

Wisconsin returns home for four straight matches starting next weekend, hosting Nebraska (Nov. 8) and Iowa (Nov. 10) in the UW Field House.

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