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How sweet it is: Badgers advance to Sweet 16


Cal 12 Wisconsin 3, California 0
2013 NCAA Tournament - Second Round
UW Field House • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 2,491

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 California
19 18 21 -- --
 Wisconsin 25 25 25 -- --
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CAL WIS
Higgins - 12 Kills Chapman - 14
Caloiaro - 38 Assists Carlini - 40
Vukasovic - .350 Hit %
Thompson - .562
Kerr - 9 Digs Hickey - 18
Schonewise - 3 Blocks Thompson - 5
Two with 1  Aces --
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CAL WIS
 Kills 43 53
 Hitting Pct. .205 .404
 Assists 41 52
 Service Aces 2 0
 Digs 38 45
 Total Blocks 5 9
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Dec. 7, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- For the first time since 2006, the Wisconsin volleyball team has advanced to play in the NCAA Sweet 16. The 12th-seeded Badgers moved on with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 sweep of California on Saturday night in the UW Field House.

Wisconsin (25-9) will play Florida State in the Champaign, Ill., Regional on Dec. 13 at either 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. in the State Farm Center.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers advance to Sweet 16 for first time since 2006
• Wisconsin hits .404 in the match
• Balanced offense keys win

Much like Friday's match against Milwaukee, a high-powered offense and relentless defense were what led Wisconsin to victory.

For the second straight match and just the second time this season, the Badger offense hit better than .400 as a team. Wisconsin recorded a .404 attack percentage (53 kills - 9 errors - 109 attempts), compared to .205 (43-19-117) from the Bears. Even more impressive was that each Wisconsin player hit better than .300 on the night.

Juniors Ellen Chapman and Deme Morales were once again the dynamic duo on offense for Wisconsin, each recording double-figure kills. Chapman led all players with 14 kills while Morales followed with 10. Fellow juniors Dominique Thompson and Courtney Thomas added nine and eight kills, respectively.

Defensively, the Badgers got a stellar performance from their lone senior Annemarie Hickey, who led all players with 18 digs. Wisconsin out-dug Cal 45-38 on the night.

Blocks were again key for UW, as it out-blocked Cal 9-5. Thompson put up four stuffs to grab match-high honors as the freshman duo of Haleigh Nelson and Lauren Carlini each contributed three blocks.

Despite not recording a single ace, Wisconsin was extremely accurate at the service line. The Badgers recorded a season-low three service errors.

Cal (18-13) was led offensively by junior Christina Higgins, who recorded 12 kills.

Defensively, freshman Maddy Kerr led the Bears with nine digs and sophomore Lillian Schonewise recorded a team-high three blocks. Schonewise and sophomore Lara Vukasovic both added nine kills for California.

Wisconsin and the Bears battled through the first nine points with ties at each points. The Badgers led 13-12 before going on a 7-1 run to extend their lead to 20-13. Wisconsin hit .548 (19-2-31) as a team and put up four blocks on the period to help lead them to victory.

The Badgers took the initial lead in the second set and did not look back, maintaining the advantage throughout the entire period. Wisconsin saw its largest lead at 18-13 and went into the break up 2-0 in the match. UW was once again impressive on offense, hitting .474 (19-1-38) in the set.

Cal gave Wisconsin a scare in the third set, as the Bears shot out to a 10-4 lead. Wisconsin countered with a 12-5 run, however, and grabbed its first lead of the set at 21-20. The Badgers led 23-21 on a kill by Morales before a Bear hitting error and a kill by Chapman completed the sweep. The California offense hit just .065 (12-9-46) in the set.

Wisconsin improves to 31-16 in 17 years of NCAA tournament play and will compete in the Sweet 16 for the 11th time in program history.

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