Volleyball lands on top, sweeps ACC
The No. 25 Wisconsin volleyball team (6-2 overall) defeated the Devils as it knocked off Duke (4-5 overall) 30-23, 30-25, 25-30 and 30-24. The Badgers hosted the InnTowner Invitational and came away with two big wins this weekend. All told, Wisconsin and Iowa defeated N.C. State and Duke and the Big Ten came away with a 4-0 record in the tournament.
Three Badgers achieved career-high numbers as they took on the Blue Devils. Junior outside hitter Marian Weidner had a career-high 20 kills, along with junior outside hitter Jill Odenthal, who also had 11 digs and received all-tournament accolades. Freshman middle blocker Amy Bladow also achieved career highs, with 11 kills and three service aces. Sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw also posted a career-high three service aces and was named tournament MVP.
Seniors outside hitter Lisa Zukowski and setter Morgan Shields provided solid play, as "Zuke" had 18 digs and Shields had 10 digs and 60 assists. As a team, the Badgers had 75 kills and 10 service aces while Duke had 52 kills and two aces.
Wisconsin next faces Georgia Tech in the Georgia Tech Invitational, Sept. 19-20.
2003 Badger Invitational a wet but winning event
After multiple rain delays Friday in the first day of the 2003 Badger Invitational, the men's and women's golf teams finally finished round one and completed round two Saturday. The 18-team event, originally 54 holes, will be shortened to 36 holes to accommodate for the inclement weather.
Like Friday, Saturday brought stormy weather, forcing the match to be suspended at 1:30. The golfers will complete the remaining holes Sunday. The third round has been canceled to allow ample travel time for the teams.
For the women, Badger senior Malinda Johnson took first place after 18 holes with an even-par 72 strokes. Wisconsin is in fifth place after round one with a score of 320 while Michigan State leads the nine teams participating with a cumulative score of 303. Other Wisconsin finishers include freshman Nicki Morse, who shot a 77, good for a sixth-place tie. Freshman Taryn Rechlicz took 28th place with an 84 while freshman Jill Ries had an 87 and tied for 38th place. Sophomore Jackie Obermueller shot an 89.
Wisconsin's men did not fare as well, finishing eighth with a team score of 306. Purdue, with a 290 team score, led the nine teams in the first round. Junior Kevin Tassistro and freshman Ryan Conn each shot a 75 and led the Badgers, sitting in 14th place. Freshman Garrett Jones took 27th with a score of 77 and junior Brian Brodell shot a 79. Junior Dylan Esterling also competed and shot an 82 in a tie for 42nd. Purdue senior Shiv Kapur finished first with a 69, three under par.
Wisconsin will finish the second round of the Badger Invitational Sunday.