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Early woes too much to overcome for Badgers

Nov. 9, 2012

Michgain 3, Wisconsin 0
Cliff Keen Arena • Ann Arbor, Mich.
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• Attendance: 935
 Stats Leaders
Wisconsin Michigan
Mikaelsen, 15 Kills Erwin - 17
Thomas - 42 Assists Dannemiller - 41
Chapman - .483 Hit %
McElheny - .522
Hickey - 21 Digs Morales - 13
Ording - 5 Blocks Three with 3
Four with 1  Aces Sabol - 3
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 41 51
 Hitting Pct. .193 .298
 Assists 40 46
 Service Aces 4 6
 Digs 51 51
 Total Blocks 7.5 8
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A squad very much in need of a win, the Wisconsin volleyball team came up against a hot Michigan team Friday night in Ann Arbor. The Badgers suffered a lopsided loss in the first set and never could recover, falling to the Wolverines in three sets, 25-17, 25-22, 27-25.

“Early in the match, we just had trouble getting into gear,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “It’s been a tough week. It took them a while to get going and I think it took them until the third set to get going.”

Wisconsin (16-12, 4-11) kept the first set close in the early going, playing to a 6-6 tie and later finding itself down by just one, 12-11. From there though, the Wolverines (20-9, 8-7) took off on a 6-0 run and never looked back. The Badgers brought the set to within four points at 21-17, but Michigan won out the final four points for a 25-17 victory.

 Fast Facts
Courtney Thomas recorded her 14th double-double of the season
Bailey Reshel continued her streak of strong play contributing 11 kills
• The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Badgers against Michigan

Michigan took the momentum from that first-set victory into the second set, establishing a 7-3 advantage early. But Wisconsin proved tough and fought back to force a 14-14 tie and later a 20-20 tie. A pair of Badger attacking errors allowed Michigan to regain just enough of a lead though to pull out a tight 25-22 win and a 2-0 advantage.

After hitting just .048 (11-9-42) in the first set, the Badgers saw tremendous improvement in the second, finishing with a .357 percentage (14-4-28). Despite the ultimate loss in the set, Wisconsin seemed to finally gain some positive energy and they carried that into the third set.

Once again falling down early, 6-3, in the third set, the Badgers battled back to take a 9-8 lead. Wisconsin stretched that margin to as many as three points, up 15-12, and held the advantage until the Wolverines tied the score back up at 17-17.

From there, it was a back-and-forth battle between the two squads. The Badgers faced a set point up 24-23 but an attack error tied the score back up again. Michigan then took a 26-25 lead and won the match the next point on a ball sent long by Wisconsin.

“We had the lead 23-21 and had set point,” Waite said. “We could have gotten that. But there were some critical errors and some were unforced errors. It just opened up the door for them just enough and they finished up and got the win.”

Junior Julie Mikaelsen led the Badgers with 15 kills while senior Bailey Reshel added 11. Sophomore Courtney Thomas contributed her 14th double-double of the season with 42 assists and 12 digs. Junior Annemarie Hickey led all players with 21 digs.

“Bailey did really well so it’s good to have her back on the court,” Waite said. “She was scoring well and just a good presence on the court.”

Wisconsin finished the night with 7.5 blocks, thanks in part to five from senior Mary Ording, while the Wolverines just edged the Badgers overall with eight blocks. Wisconsin finished the night hitting .193 (41-18-119).

The Michigan win avenged a 3-0 sweep Wisconsin claimed over the Wolverines earlier this season in Madison.

“It’s almost a flip of what we did to them at our place,” Waite said. “I think we played really well against them at our place and handled them in three. And we came here and they reversed it on us.”

The Badgers now head to East Lansing where they will take on Michigan State Saturday night with match time set for 5:30 p.m. (CT).

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