Volleyball rises, falls in Badger Invitational
Although the Badger volleyball team propelled itself to a solid start to the season in its first two matches, it lost a bit of ground in the third. Wisconsin hosted the Badger Invitational, defeating the University of New Hampshire 3-0 and the University of Missouri-Kansas City 3-0 before falling to No. 27 Washington, 3-0.
In Friday's contest, Wisconsin dominated on offense and defense, easily defeating the Wildcats 30-18, 30-28 and 30-18 and recording 43 total kills and earning a .225 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto made her mark by serving 17 straight points and earning a record seven aces in a three-game match. Junior outside hitter Jill Odenthal and sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw also played well, earning 15 and 12 kills, respectively. Senior setter Morgan Shields had 36 set assists in the win while senior defensive specialist Jill Maier had a career-high 19 digs and senior outside hitter Lisa Zukowski added 10 of her own.
Saturday, the team experienced more of the previous night's success, as they crushed the offensively weak Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos 30-17, 30-14 and 30-18. The Badgers racked up a .348 team hitting percentage and 44 kills, while UMKC had a negative .012 hitting percentage and only 23 kills. Odenthal had another productive night, earning a match-high 14 kills, as did Shaw, who had eight kills and Shields, who contributed another match-high 37 set assists. The Badgers were also productive on defense, as Zukowski racked up four block assists, nine digs and six kills and Maier had eight digs. A solid lead over the Kangaroos allowed some of the freshmen to see the court. Freshmen middle blocker Amy Bladow and outside hitter/middle blocker Lindsey Boler had four kills each while junior outside hitter Marian Weidner had three.
Although Wisconsin had a fantastic afternoon of competition, their evening was more nerve-wracking, as they lost three close games to Washington in the Badger Invitational Championship, falling 26-30, 27-30 and 26-30 in an offensive barrage. Wisconsin and Washington were neck and neck, as the Badgers had 58 kills and the Huskies had 54. Odenthal led the team with her career-high 22 kills and Zukowski and Meierotto had 14 apiece. The Badgers were not nearly as productive as the Huskies, who recorded as a team 36 digs and 10.5 blocks, although they put up 35 digs and six blocks. Maier had nine digs and Shields, who had 50 set assists, had eight.
Wisconsin next faces Southwest Texas State Sept. 5 in San Marcos, Texas.
Men's cross-country places first at Iowa Invitational
The Badger men's cross-country team swept the competition at the Iowa Invitational in its season opener Friday, defeating host team Iowa, Eastern Illinois and North Central University with 39 points.
Four Badgers finished in fifth through eighth place, all within a second of each other, securing first place. Junior Josh Spiker took fifth with a time of 19:06, with sophomore Ben Gregory, junior Colin Steele and freshman Codie See hot on his trail, in that order. Senior Joe Eckerly took 17th, clocking in at 19:45, followed by freshman Kyle Elsemore, who finished 22nd in just under 20 minutes.
The Badgers next compete at the Roy Griak Invitational
Sept. 27 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Men's soccer starts season scoreless in invite
The Badger men's soccer team hosted the University of New Mexico at the Rocky Rococo Classic in Madison this weekend. The No. 20 Lobos defeated Wisconsin 1-0 in Wisconsin's season opener.
Although Wisconsin lost the close game, the team played five newcomers in the game and produced a solid defense that allowed only one shot in the second period. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, that one shot resulted in a goal by Lobos sophomore forward Lance Watson who notched the goal on an assist from sophomore midfielder Ryan McVay at 72:38 in the game. The Badgers outshot New Mexico 12-9 and junior Eric Hanson produced solid goaltending, playing all 90 minutes of the game.
Wisconsin will take the field at 2:30 when they face Northern Illinois, who fell 2-0 to No. 11 UW-Milwaukee earlier in the tournament.
Women's soccer drop first game to California
The Badger women's soccer team notched their first goal of the season but it wasn't enough to stop No. 16 California Friday at the Cal Invite in Berkeley.
Freshman reserve midfielder/forward Allison Preiss scored Wisconsin's only goal early in the second period on an assist from sophomore midfielder/forward Katy Lindemuth. The Badgers could not bait off the Bears, losing their one-point lead when sophomore forward Tracy Hamm put the ball past rookie goaltender Stefani Szczechowski midway through the second period. Cal sophomore forward Liz Eisenberg scored the second goal with just under five minutes left in the game, bringing the score to 2-1.
Wisconsin next faces the Saint Mary Gaels at 4 p.m. Sunday