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No. 15 Badgers snag second win against No. 17 Michigan State

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Wisconsin 15 Wisconsin 3, 17 Michigan State 1
Jenison Fieldhouse • East Lansing, Mich. • Attendance: 2,622

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 Stats Leaders
Chapman - 18 Kills Wicinski - 11
Carlini - 43 Assists Kelsay - 23
Thompson - .462 Hit %
Fitterer - .350
Carlini - 15 Digs Moster - 17
Three tied - 2 Blocks Mathews - 7
Chapman - 3  Aces Two tied - 2
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 58 52
 Hitting Pct. .246 .179
 Assists 54 51
 Service Aces 4 7
 Digs 58 48
 Total Blocks 4.5 13.0
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Nov. 22, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich.-- After dropping the first set, the 15th-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team came back to overpower No. 17 Michigan State in a 3-1 win Friday night. The Badgers grabbed a 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 victory on the road to advance to 21-8 overall on the season. With the win, Wisconsin climbs to 10-7 in the Big Ten Conference, taking sole possession of fifth place.

Wisconsin's offense showed its true colors, fighting off a dominant Michigan State block. Despite being out-blocked 13.0-4.5, the Badgers hit .246 overall on the night (58 kills - 24 errors - 138 attempts) and had three players in double-figure kills. Junior Ellen Chapman led the charge, grabbing match-high honors with 18 kills. The 6-4 outside hitter became the 19th UW player in program history to record her 1,000th kill, capturing the milestone at 3-1 in the third set. Fellow juniors Deme Morales and Courtney Thomas followed up with 14 and 10 kills, respectively.

 Fast Facts
Ellen Chapman becomes 19th UW player to record 1,000 career kills
Lauren Carlini and Deme Morales record double-doubles
• Badgers hit .246 (58-24-138) despite 13.0 Michigan State blocks

Michigan State (20-9, 9-8) hit just .179 (52-26-145) on the night, led by Lauren Wicinski with 11 kills and Allyssah Fitterer with 10. Wisconsin put in work against Wicinski, holding her to her fourth-lowest kills in a match on the season. The 6-1 senior, who averages 4.37 kills per set for MSU, managed to hit just .020 (11-10-49) overall, her second-lowest attack percentage of the season. The Badgers also held senior Alexis Mathews, the Big Ten's hitting percentage leader at .415, to just .211 (8-4-19) percent.

The Badgers countered Michigan State's front-row defense with their back-row defense, putting up 58 digs, while the Spartans had just 48. Freshman setter Lauren Carlini led the team with 15 digs to record her 17th career double-double as she also put up 43 assists. Morales added 12 saves to record her 13th double-double of the season, and senior Annemarie Hickey chipped in 11 digs to back up Wisconsin on defense.

Aggressive serving was also key in the Badgers' win and helped hold down Michigan State's offense. Wisconsin tallied four service aces, including three from Chapman, and six errors. Michigan State also put up a fight at the line, totaling seven service aces with seven errors.

The Badgers got off to a sluggish start in the first set, falling behind the Spartans 11-2. Wisconsin was able to battle back with the help of five kills in the set from Morales, coming within two points. Behind the serve of junior Kt Kvas, the Badgers held off five Michigan State set points, including at 24-22, but the Spartans finally converted on set point on a kill by Wicinski to take the first set. Wisconsin hit just .156 (13-8-32) on the set, while the Spartans put up an impressive .345 (13-3-29) attack percentage.

In the second set, Wisconsin jumped out to a 9-3 advantage. Michigan State was able to cut the lead to three points at 19-16 on two straight blocks, but the Badgers maintained their lead and went on to win 25-20, hitting .258 (13-5-13) despite five set blocks from MSU. The Spartans managed to hit just .053 (12-10-38) on the set.

The Badgers quickly took control of the third set, going on a 6-2 run to open. The Spartans came within two points three different times in the set, including at 22-20, but could never get closer. Chapman headed the attack for the Badgers, recording her 1,000th career kill and putting away eight kills in the period.

The fourth set was the closest set of the four, featuring six of the match's eight tie scores. The Badgers made their final push of the match, taking the lead at 19-18. Despite being held through four match-points, Wisconsin finally converted on a kill by Thomas to complete the season sweep of the Spartans for the first time since 2006.

The Badgers are back in action Saturday, Nov. 23 as they travel to face No. 18 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Match time against the Wolverines is 6 p.m. CT.

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