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Badgers get shucked by No. 4 Huskers, falling 3-1



Nov. 19, 2011

4 Nebraska 3, Wisconsin 1
NU Coliseum • Lincoln, Neb.
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 Stats Leaders
Chapman - 10 Kills Werth - 14
Gabrielsen - 23 Assists Cook - 38
Thomas - .278 Hit %
Werth - .278
Hickey - 20 Digs Dykstra - 14
Thomas/Ohlander - 4 Blocks Delano - 5
Three with - 1  Aces Dykstra - 1
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 45 46
 Hitting Pct. .116 .193
 Assists 42 42
 Service Aces 3 1
 Digs 60 54
 Total Blocks 7.0 10.0
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin volleyball team came out strong in its first conference match in Nebraska’s NU Coliseum but eventually fell to the Huskers in four sets on Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb.

The Badgers (16-14, 8-10 Big Ten) kept No. 4 Nebraska to a season-low 12 points to win the first set before losing the next three, 17-25, 13-25 and 22-25.

 Fast Facts
• UW keeps Huskers to season-low 12 pts in set one
• Chapman records fourth double-double (10k, 10d)
• Badgers outdig Huskers behind Hickey's 20 saves

Freshman Ellen Chapman continued her dominance offensively, leading the Badgers with 10 kills while junior Bailey Reshel and freshman Courtney Thomas each added eight.

Hannah Werth led all players with 14 kills and was one of three Huskers to record double-digit kills.

After hitting .448 in the first set, Wisconsin finished with a .116 (45 kills – 29 errors – 138 attempts) hitting percentage in the match. Nebraska didn’t fare much better, scoring on only one more kill than the Badgers while hitting .193 (46-20-135) as a team.

For the second consecutive match, sophomore Annemarie Hickey led all players with 20 digs while Chapman chipped in 10 for her fourth double-double of the season. Thomas and freshman Caroline Workman each added nine digs as the Badgers out-dug the Huskers, 60-54.

Nebraska (23-3, 16-2) out-blocked Wisconsin 10.0 – 7.0 behind Brooke Delano’s five total blocks. Thomas and senior Elle Ohlander each added a team-high four total stuffs for the Badgers.

Both squads rallied early in the first set to tie the first three points of the match. The Badgers then went on a 6-2 run capped off by a service ace from senior Janelle Gabrielsen to go up 9-6 and force a Nebraska timeout. The Huskers got within two points of the Badgers’ lead at 10-8 before Wisconsin used a 3-0 run to maintain its lead for the rest of the set. The Badgers scored five straight points at the end of the set, including back-to-back kills from Reshel, to win 25-12. Wisconsin hit .448 as a team in the opening frame on 13 kills and no errors while keeping the Huskers to a -.029 (9-10-35) mark in the first set.

The Badgers went up 3-2 early in the second set before Nebraska used a 3-0 run to take the lead for the first time since leading 4-3 in the first set. Behind back-to-back kills from Thomas, the Badgers used a 7-2 run to regain and put themselves up 14-11. Nebraska then closed the set on 14-2 run, including seven straight points, to tie the match at one set each going into the intermission.

A service ace from Hickey started the third set in Wisconsin’s favor before the Huskers went on a 7-2 run to take the lead for the rest of the frame.  The Badgers would put together a 3-0 run to cut Nebraska’s lead to 10-7, but that’s as close as they would get to the lead. The Huskers scored four straight points at the end of the set to secure the 2-1 set lead. Wisconsin was kept to a -.188 hitting percentage in the frame.

The Badgers used a kill and a solo block from Thomas and a kill from junior Alexis Mitchell to go up 9-8 early in the fourth set. After trailing 20-15, the largest deficit in the match, the Badgers went on a 6-1 run to tie the score at 21. The Huskers then scored three straight points, including back-to-back blocks, to go up 24-21. Although a kill from sophomore Dominique Thompson kept the Badgers alive at the end of the fourth set, it wasn’t enough, as the Huskers won the next point to win the match.

Wisconsin finishes the regular season next week with a Border Battle match against No. 19 Minnesota in Minneapolis on Wednesday before senior night against No. 8 Purdue on Friday at the UW Field House.

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