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Wisconsin out-matched in East Lansing

Nov. 10, 2012

Michigan State 3, Wisconsin 0
Jenison Field House • East Lansing, Mich.
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 Michigan State
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• Attendance: 2,212
 Stats Leaders
Mikaelsen -13 Kills Wicinski - 13
Thomas - 33 Assists Kelsay - 25
Mikaelsen - .423 Hit %
White - .625
Hickey - 13 Digs Moster - 8
Thomas /           Mitchell - 2 Blocks Mathews - 6
--  Aces Wicinski - 5
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 39 48
 Hitting Pct. .265 .330
 Assists 38 48
 Service Aces 0 9
 Digs 34 57
 Total Blocks 3,5 8
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- At times Saturday night, the Wisconsin volleyball team matched the play of Michigan State, if not exceeding it. But the Badgers could not overcome a series of early deficits, falling to the Spartans 25-19, 25-20, 25-20.

“They’re always tough,” head coach Pete Waite said of the Spartans. “Obviously we were only five or six points off in each set there and we’re with them right to the end, but they made some surges at the end of each of the sets to make the difference in the game.”

 Fast Facts
• The Badgers fall to Michigan State for the second time this season
Julie Mikaelsen led Wisconsin with 13 kills, while Bailey Reshel added 11
• Wisconsin posted a solid .265 team hitting percentage, but could not overcome the Spartan's .300 team mark

The Spartans (21-7, 9-7) put Wisconsin (16-13, 4-12) in an early 6-1 hole in the first set. As the Badgers have done so often this year though, they fought back, eventually taking a 14-12 lead off a kill from sophomore Ellen Chapman. But Michigan State retook the lead at 17-16 and Wisconsin would only score three more points in the set as the Spartans opened up a 25-19 first-set win.

Despite a solid .321 hitting percentage in the second set (12-3-28), the Badgers were outmatched with phenomenal .448 mark from the Spartans. Michigan State again took a commanding lead early, building an 8-3 advantage. After the Spartans took at 12-8 lead, the Badgers were never able to close the gap to fewer than three points as Michigan State took a 2-0 advantage with a 25-20 win.

The third set featured much of the same—an early deficit that the Badgers could not overcome despite good play down the stretch. Michigan State established its biggest lead of the set at 12-6 before Wisconsin clawed back on the heels of at 10-4 run to tie the match at 16-16.

The two teams again stood tied at 19-19 but the Spartans would take six of the last seven points from there to seal a 25-20 win and a 3-0 sweep.

Junior Julie Mikaelsen continued to shine for Wisconsin, leading the team with 13 kills while committing just two errors on 26 attempts (.423).

“She did great,” Waite said. “We switched her and when she and Ellen [Chapman] were front row, we put Ellen on the right and Jules on the left because we felt Jules would do a good job blocking over there and she was swinging pretty well.”

Matching Mikaelsen’s kill total for the Spartans though was an equally impressive performance from MSU’s Lauren Wicinski, who turned in five service aces as well. Wicinski, a transfer, learned her serve while a student at Northern Illinois under the coaching of current Wisconsin assistant coaches Dan and Coley Powlikowski.

“It’s just unique,” Wait said of her serve. “Dan and Coley taught her that serve basically. It was something they were working on that they had developed. And they knew it was high risk when she was younger, but it’s developed to where it’s stronger with much fewer errors. So our coaches trained her well.”

Senior Bailey Reshel also continued her hot streak, turning in 11 kills on the evening. Sophomore setter Courtney Thomas finished with 33 assists while junior Annemarie Hickey led the Badgers with 13 digs.

As a team, Wisconsin hit a solid .265 (39-13-98), but was simply out-matched by a .330 performance from the Spartans.

The Badgers, now facing their longest losing streak of the season at five matches, head back home to take on Iowa and Nebraska Friday and Sunday, respectively, at the UW Field House.

 “You have to get back at it,” Waite said. “We have a home match Friday. We have to get out there and win and keep improving. They did some good things tonight. There are a lot of things that went well.”


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