Volleyball takes pair at Georgia Tech Invite

Wisconsin sweeps Western Carolina and South Florida

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After a tough loss to Georgia Tech Friday, the volleyball team put away South Florida and Western Carolina Saturday, finishing 2-1 in tournament play and improving its record to 8-3 overall. Badgers senior libero Lisa Zukowski and sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts over the weekend.

Wisconsin first defeated South Florida in a close matchup, taking the Bulls to a three-game sweep of 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.

The Badgers' hitting percentage was low, only .192 percent, but they outplayed the Bulls, who hit only .132 percent and out-blocked them 8-6. Wisconsin also led South Florida in kills, with 49 to its 41. Junior outside hitter Jill Odenthal and junior outside hitter Marian Weidner each racked up 13 kills while Meierotto had 11. Meierotto also had four blocks, along with sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw.

Zukowski had 11 digs while senior setter Morgan Shields contributed nine digs and 40 assists.

Against Western Carolina, the Badgers dominated the Catamounts, sweeping them with scores of 30-15, 30-17 and 30-22. This time, the Badgers put in several players who otherwise do not see much of the court, including redshirt freshman setter Katie Lancing-Lorenzen, freshman middle blocker/outside hitter Lindsey Boler, senior defensive specialist/libero Angie Sanger and freshman outside hitter/libero Kirin Swanson. Lancing-Lorenzen had 11 assists, Boler had two kills and Sanger recorded two digs.

Head coach Pete Waite played Zukowski at outside hitter instead of libero and she played well, adding a match-high 11 kills and 11digs while Odenthal put up 10 kills and four blocks. Overall, Wisconsin racked up 45 compared with Western Carolina's 27. Wisconsin had a more solid hitting percentage with .330 percent.

Freshman Maria Carlini, playing at middle blocker in place of freshman Amy Bladow, had a career-high seven block assists and the Badgers had a season-high 11 blocks overall. Meierotto also had four blocks. Wisconsin also racked up seven serving aces, including three each from Carlini and Weidner. Senior Jill Maier, playing at libero, contributed 15 digs.

Wisconsin opens the Big Ten season at home next weekend with matches against Northwestern and Illinois at the Field House.

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