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Border Battle Part Two: Badgers swept by No. 19 Minnesota on the road



Nov. 23, 2011

19 Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 0
Sports Pavilion • Minneapolis, Minn.
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 Stats Leaders
Chapman - 14 Kills Dixon/Wittman-14
Gabrielsen - 21 Assists Tabberson - 45
Chapman - .262 Hit %
Dixon - .667
Hickey - 20 Digs Cowles - 19
Mitchell - 5 Blocks Dixon - 3
Thomas - 2  Aces Filho - 2
 Stats Comparison
 Kills 43 53
 Hitting Pct. .186 .268
 Assists 41 49
 Service Aces 4 3
 Digs 64 69
 Total Blocks 8.5 5.0
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin volleyball team rallied to force extra points in the third set but eventually fell to No. 19 Minnesota in a Border Battle matchup on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. The Badgers were swept by the Golden Gophers 21-25, 21-25, 26-28 in their final road match of the regular season.

Freshman Ellen Chapman led Wisconsin (16-15, 8-11 Big Ten) with 14 kills as the only Badger with double-digit putaways. Junior Alexis Mitchell added eight kills while freshman Courtney Thomas had six. Sophomore right-side hitter Julie Mikaelsen also finished with six kills off the bench.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers outblock Gophers in loss
• Hickey records 20 digs in third-consecutive match
• Gabrielsen gets 50th double-double (21a/13d)

Ashley Wittman and Tori Dixon scored on 14 kills apiece for Minnesota (17-11, 10-9). Dixon also finished without a single attack error, hitting .667 (14-0-21). The Gophers hit .268 (53 kills – 15 errors – 142 attempts) as a team while keeping the Badgers to a .186 mark (43-17-140).

Big Ten digs leader Annemarie Hickey led all players with 20 saves for the third straight match. Senior Janelle Gabrielsen added 13 digs and a team-high 21 assists for her 50th career double-double. Hailey Cowles was one of four Gophers to record more than 10 digs with a team-high 19.

Wisconsin got the advantage in total blocks, outnumbering Minnesota 8.5 – 5.0. Mitchell led all players with five total stuffs.

The Badgers got into a 3-1 deficit to start the first set and trailed by as many as three (8-5) before cutting the Gophers’ lead to 9-8 on a service ace from Thomas. Minnesota responded with a 4-0 run, including three straight kills from Wittman, to go up 13-8 before the Badgers went on a run of their own to cut the lead to 13-12. Wisconsin had the lead at 16-15 before the Gophers put together five straight points to take a 20-16 lead. The Badgers cut the lead to one (21-20) but the Gophers scored four out of the last five points to take the set. Minnesota hit a set-high .333 (18-5-39) in the opening frame.

Minnesota went on a 5-0 run to start the second set after a kill from Wittman forced a Wisconsin timeout. Although the Badgers would trail by as many as seven points (11-4 and 13-6) in the middle frame, they fought back, putting together a 4-0 run late in the set to cut the Gophers’ lead to 23-21. Minnesota then scored back-to-back points to take the 2-0 set lead into the intermission. Despite hitting a set-low .171, Wisconsin also committed a set-low four attack errors in the second period.
The Badgers jumped out to a 4-3 lead early in the third set before Minnesota responded with a 5-0 run while taking advantage of key UW attack errors. The Gophers held at least a two-point cushion for most of the set until a kill from Wittman made the score 22-17 in favor of U of M. Mikaelsen scored on a kill to start a 6-0 Badger run, which gave UW back the lead at 23-22. The Gophers served for their first match point at 24-23 before Wisconsin rallied. The Badgers served for set point at 26-25 while staving off two straight Gopher match points but Minnesota went on a 3-0 run to win the set and the match.

Wisconsin returns home for its regular-season finale against No. 8 Purdue on Friday at 7 p.m. in the UW Field House. The Badgers must win their only match against the Boilermakers this season for a chance to get into the NCAA Tournament.

Wisconsin will honor graduating co-captains Janelle Gabrielsen and Elle Ohlander in a senior night ceremony before the match. All general admission tickets are $1 as part of the UW Athletics Black Friday sale.

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