Badger Sports Roundup

Volleyball splits Saturday contests; Turcott turns pro, will skip senior season.

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Wisconsin sweeps Louisiana Tech but falls to Pepperdine in finals


The No. 24 Badger volleyball team (4-2 overall) pulled off a sweep against Louisiana Tech (3-3) Saturday at the Texas State Premier, although it came not without its struggles.  However, the team struggled Saturday evening as they were in turn swept by No. 8 Pepperdine.


In the first match of the day, the Badgers were down by seven points in the first two games but rallied back to defeat the Lady Techsters 30-28, 33-31 before settling down and taking the third game, 30-23.


Sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto led the team in kills with 18, with outside hitters senior Lisa Zukowski and junior Jill Odenthal following with 14 and 12 kills. Senior setter Morgan Shields racked up 42 set assists and four service aces. Freshman middle blocker Maria Carlini contributed two service aces.


On defense, Carlini and sophomore middle blocker Shelia Shaw's four blocks apiece led the team.


Saturday night, the Badgers struggled offensively, recording only 59 points, the lowest since rally scoring began in 2001.  Their game totals say it all: Pepperdine swept the Badgers 30-12, 30-28 and 30-19. 


Wisconsin had difficulty controlling the ball and hit a season-low .088 percent. Zukowski had 13 kills but was the only Badger to total more than eight kills.  She also led the team with 19 digs overall but Pepperdine out-dug Wisconsin 57-51. Blocking proved to be a daunting task for Wisconsin, as the Waves also out-blocked the Badgers 10-4. 


The Badgers next play in the InnTowner Invitational, a Madison-based matchup between the Big Ten and the SEC. Wisconsin and Iowa will face Duke and North Carolina State.



Star golfer leaves for pros


Golfer Jon Turcott announced he will turn pro instead of completing his senior season. Turcott recently won the 2003 State Open by eight strokes, the first amateur to claim the title since Steve Stricker, now a pro golfer on the PGA Tour. Turcott, who had a team leading 73.87 average score as a junior in 2001, redshirted the 2002-03 season. He holds the University Ridge collegiate 54-hole record with scores of 69-68-70—207, a mark he achieved during the 2002 Badger Invitational. He qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and tied for 62nd (77-74-75—226).  Turcott is a Middleton, Wis. native who won the WIAA state championship as a sophomore and took second place during his senior campaign.

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