Badger Sports Roundup

In this edition: volleyball, men's soccer victorious; women's cross country enjoys solid performance; women's soccer runs unbeaten streak to five.

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Volleyball easily sweeps N.C. State

The Wisconsin volleyball team (5-2 overall) showed its dominance on its own turf as it defeated N.C. State on the first day of the InnTowner Invitational. The Badgers prevailed over the Wolfpack 30-17, 30-25 and 30-19 Friday night at the Field House.


Senior Lisa Zukowski, played at libero instead of outside hitter, giving the team solid ball control in the back row and providing options for the looming Big Ten season. Zukowski had seven digs and three service aces while junior outside hitter Marian Weidner had a team-leading nine digs.  Senior setter Morgan Shields also mixed things up a bit, serving with her left hand after suffering a minor wrist fracture in her right hand earlier this week. Shields had 33 set assists and one service ace.


On offense, Wisconsin's sophomores set the standards for the Badgers, as outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto had 11 kills and a career-high four blocks and middle blocker Sheila Shaw had 10, adding four blocks herself.  As a team, the Badgers had 44 kills and hit .239 percent, clearly dominating over the Wolfpack's 26 kills and .067 hitting percentage.


The Badgers next face Duke Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Field House.

Men's soccer shuts out Yale


The Badger men's soccer team (3-3) recuperated from a difficult loss to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay by denying the Yale Bulldogs a goal Friday.


Wisconsin, a participant in the adidas-Brown Soccer Classic, put a point on the board early in the game, as sophomore forward Phil Doeh took a deflected pass from junior forward Jed Hohlbein's shot and sent it into the net. Although the Badgers scored the game-winner early on, the game was scoreless for the next hour. At 78:10 in the game, junior forward David Martinez connected with the net on another pass from Hohlbein for his second goal of the season. Junior goaltender Eric Hanson had six saves in his seventh career shutout.


Wisconsin next faces Brown Sunday at the adidas-Brown Classic.

Women's soccer ties with Iowa State


The women's soccer team (4-1-1) fought a tough match in which it dominated but could not prevail in the end, as it eventually tied Iowa State 1-1 at the Rocky Rococo Invitational. Wisconsin is unbeaten in its last five games.


On home field, Wisconsin clearly took the advantage, as it held a 25-8 advantage in shots on goal and an 11-2 edge in corner kicks. But it was the Cyclones who controlled the game early, as sophomore forward Kristina Baumann notched a goal off an assist from junior defender Erin Weldon less than a minute into the contest. Before the period ended, the Badgers evened out the score when freshman forward Emily Kintzer took a pass from sophomore midfielder Marisa Brown. The second half was a different story, as Wisconsin held a 14-3 advantage on shots on goal but could never actually connect with the goal. In overtime, neither team stood out, as no one had a shot in the first overtime and Wisconsin had a 3-2 advantage in the second overtime.


Freshman goaltender Stefani Szczechowski had three shots while senior goalie Beth Chapman had seven.  The Badgers will meet up with Nebraska Sunday in the final game of the Invitational.


Wisconsin cross country successful at Tennessee Invitational


With four runners in the top ten finishes, the Wisconsin women's cross-country team had a solid meet, finishing behind No. 14 N.C. State and ahead of host Tennessee at the Tennessee adidas Invitational.


Seniors Michelle Lilienthal and Hilary Edmondson took third and fourth, respectively, while fifth-year senior Maggie Guiney, a transfer student from Boston College, was the eighth runner to cross the line. Sophomore Heidi Lane placed 10th and the Badgers had a second-place time of 1:29.31.28 overall. Tennessee junior Brooke Novak, a Kaukauna, Wis. native, took second place and earned a school course record time of 17:39.20.

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