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Thomas records second career triple-double in loss to Michigan State



Nov. 12, 2011

Michigan State 3, Wisconsin 1
UW Field House • Madison, Wis.
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 Stats Leaders
Mathews - 15 Kills Chapman/Reshel - 14
Kelsay - 23 Assists Gabrielsen - 28
Mathews - .370 Hit %
Thomas - .273
Moster - 21 Digs Thomas - 13
Mathews - 9 Blocks Three with - 1
White - 2  Aces Thompson - 2
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 58 55
 Hitting Pct. .290 .188
 Assists 55 53
 Service Aces 4 6
 Digs 55 52
 Total Blocks 17.0 2.0
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin volleyball team sent the match to extra sets but eventually fell to Michigan State on Saturday night at the UW Field House. The Badgers fell 23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 17-25 and drop to 7-9 in the Big Ten (15-13 overall).

 Fast Facts
• Thomas records second career triple-double
• Reshel ties season high with 14 kills off the bench
• Gabrielsen adds match-high 28 assists

Three players finished with double-digit kills for Wisconsin, led by freshman Ellen Chapman and junior Bailey Reshel with 14 kills each, which ties Reshel's season high mark. Alexis Mathews finished with a match-high 15 kills for Michigan State (19-9, 8-8) as the Spartans also had three players in double figures.

Freshman Courtney Thomas finished with 10 kills, 23 assists and a team-high 13 digs for the second triple-double of her career. She also recorded a triple-double at MSU earlier in the season.

After recording her program-best third career triple-double against No. 24 Michigan, senior Janelle Gabrielsen had a double-double on Saturday night with 10 digs and a match-high 28 assists.

Michigan State hit .290 (58 kills - 18 errors - 138 attempts) while keeping the Badgers to a .188 (55-28-144) mark as a team. The Spartans also outdug Wisconsin 55-52 and outblocked the home team 17-2, a season-low for the Badgers.

Wisconsin jumped out to a 6-1 lead to open the first set before MSU put together three straight blocks as part of a 5-0 run to tie the score at six. The teams tied the score six more times in the set, including at 15, before the Spartans went on a 4-1 run to go up 19-16 and force a Wisconsin timeout. Down 24-21, the Badgers used an MSU service error and a kill from Reshel to stay alive before the Spartans scored to win the set at 25-23.

The Badgers again got out to an early lead in the second set and kept the lead until the midway point, when MSU went up 15-14 on a UW attack error. Wisconsin responded with a 4-1 run to take the lead back at 18-16 and force a Michigan State timeout. The Spartans were only able to pull within two points of the lead during the rest of the set.

Wisconsin started the third set down 3-1 before Thomas and sophomore Dominique Thompson scored on kills to tie the set at three. The Badgers used an 8-1 run to go up 15-8 before MSU responded with a 7-0 run to tie the score at 15. UW went up 18-16 before the Spartans put together a 6-1 run to take the lead at 22-19. Wisconsin pulled within one point at 24-23 but a kill from Kendra Abron gave the Spartans at 2-1 lead in sets.

Michigan State jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the fourth set, a lead that it didn't give up for the entire frame. The Badgers got within one point at 7-6 before MSU went on a 14-5 run for its largest lead of the match at 20-11. Wisconsin rallied, stringing together two separate 3-0 runs toward the end of the set, but it wasn't enough as MSU scored on a block to win the set and the match.

Wisconsin starts its final road stand of the regular season on Friday night when it travels to Iowa for a 7 p.m. match. The Badgers make their first Big Ten trip to Nebraska on Saturday.

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