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Great lakes sweep: Wisconsin downs Michigan 3-2


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Wisconsin 15 Wisconsin 3, 18 Michigan 2
Cliff Keen Arena • Ann Arbor, Mich. • Attendance: 1,800

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
 Wisconsin
25 18 25 20 15
 Michigan 16 25 22 25 8
 Stats Leaders
WIS MICH
Chapman - 19 Kills Cross - 17
Carlini - 56 Assists Dannemiller - 53
Nelson - .483 Hit %
Cross - .361
Hickey - 17 Digs Sabol - 14
Thompson - 7 Blocks 4 tied - 2
Thomas - 3  Aces 2 tied - 2
 Stats Comparison
WIS MICH
 Kills 67 63
 Hitting Pct. .299 .245
 Assists 61 60
 Service Aces 5 6
 Digs 62 66
 Total Blocks 12 7
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Nov. 23, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich.-- For the first time since 2008, the Wisconsin volleyball team won two matches on the road in the same weekend in Big Ten Conference play. The 15th-ranked Badgers claimed a 25-16, 18-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8 win at No. 18 Michigan on Saturday night. The win followed a 3-1 victory at No. 17 Michigan State on Friday night.

The Badgers improve to 22-8 overall and 11-7 in the Big Ten, moving into a tie for fourth place in the league standings.

 Fast Facts
• UW wins back-to-back Big Ten road matches for first time since 2008
• Four Badgers tally double-figure kills, including a career-high 16 for Haleigh Nelson
• Wisconsin moves into tie for fourth place in Big Ten standings

“We battled really, really hard,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “They jumped on us a little bit early in game one but then we just kind of got on a roll. Then (Michigan) changed the matchups in game two and it wasn’t a good matchup for us.

“We lost game four but I thought both teams were playing at a really, really high level. That’s what we told the team, ‘stay in the fight’ because both teams were playing really well. It was a really nice team effort for us.”

After winning the first and third sets, the Badgers fell behind early in the fourth set with Michigan tying the match at two sets apiece with the win.

“Games three and four were incredible battles,” said Sheffield. “Just because (Michigan) was making spectacular plays on their side of the net, I didn’t want our team to be overly frustrated because Michigan made some incredible defensive saves.”

Wisconsin took control of the fifth set early as three straight kills by Ellen Chapman broke a 3-3 tie. The 6-3 lead forced Michigan to take its first time out but a block by Chapman and Haleigh Nelson right after the time out put the Badgers up 7-3.

The Wolverines scored two straight to cut the lead to 7-5 but Chapman put away another kill as UW took an 8-5 lead. Michigan again cut the lead to two (8-6) but this time it was Nelson, who had two straight kills to up UW’s lead to 10-6.

Dominique Thompson hammered down three kills and Lauren Carlini scored the match winner on a setter dump to complete the road sweep.

Four Badgers tallied double-figure kills, led by a match-high 19 from Chapman. Nelson added a career-high 16 kills while Thompson also put away 16. Deme Morales added 10 kills.

“I think we saw (Ellen Chapman) grow in front of our eyes tonight,” Sheffield said. “She was very, very confident and very, very aggressive (and) Annemarie Hickey defensively made big play after big play after big play.”

The Badgers hit an impressive .299 (67 kills – 18 errors – 164 attempts) as a team, setting a school record for a five-set match under 25-point rally scoring. It broke the old mark of .285 set vs. Michigan on Oct. 3, 2008.

Nelson hit a match high .483 (16-2-29) while Thompson hit .429 (16-4-28), ranking them second and third, respectively, on the UW individual hitting percentage record list.

“We were going to our middles a lot, especially in the middle of the match,” Sheffield said. “We could tell that that was turning out to be a really nice advantage for us.”

Freshman Lauren Carlini put up 56 assists in quarterbacking the Badger offense.

Michigan was led by Jennifer Cross with 17 kills as it hit .245 (63-24-159).

Wisconsin outblocked the Wolverines 12-7, led by a match-high seven stuffs by Thompson.

Michigan outdug the Badgers 66-62 but UW had four players in double digits. Annemarie Hickey led all players with 17 saves while Morales recorded a double-double with 13 saves. Taylor Morey added 12 digs and Carlini also had a double-double with 11 saves.

UW wraps up the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 27, playing at No. 11 Minnesota. The season finale is Saturday, Nov. 30 at Northwestern.

“Minnesota is a really good team,” said Sheffield. “We played them awful well at our place. They have a lot of people who can attack the ball and this is another great challenge but what isn’t.”

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