Badger Sports Roundup

In this edition: Wisconsin volleyball continues its winning ways; Badger runnners earn success; softball records fall victories.

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Badger volleyball crushes Illini


Like the Wisconsin football team, the volleyball team handed Illinois a loss Saturday. This one, though, was at the Field House and in the form of a 3-1 win for the Badgers.


The No. 23 Badgers (2-0 Big Ten, 10-3 overall) lost the first game 28-30 but came back in the second game, 30-27. The Badgers continued to dominate, defeating Illinois 30-22 and 30-23 in games three and four.


Statistically, the Badgers owned the Illini, earning 77 team kills to Illinois' 47 and hitting .256 compared with Illinois' .156.


For Wisconsin, junior outside hitter Jill Odenthal had 22 kills, nine digs and a career-high six service aces while senior outside hitter and libero Lisa Zukowski had 14 kills and 15 digs. Sophomores outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto and middle blocker Sheila Shaw each recorded 14 kills. Senior defensive specialist/libero Jill Maier earned 19 digs, junior outside hitter Marian Weidner had 11, and senior setter Morgan Shields had 16 as well as 65 set assists.


Wisconsin, however, also racked up 11 service errors, compared with five for Illinois. The Badgers suffered in blocking as well, as the Illini held them to five while earning 14 team blocks themselves.


The Badgers next travel to Michigan to face Michigan State and Michigan.


Badger runners take gold at invite


The men's cross country team dominated at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis Saturday. Wisconsin, the second-best program in the nation, had 89 points with second-place Brigham Young University finishing with 113.


Sophomore Simon Bairu took third overall in the 30-team race, clocking in at 24:01, while freshman Chris Solinski earned a sixth-place finish in his debut as a Badger with a time of 24:28. Junior Matt Tegenkamp, last year's Big Ten Athlete of the Year, took 19th overall, coming in 15 seconds after Solinski. Other finishers for Wisconsin include juniors Josh Spiker (24:49) and Tim Keller (24:58), who finished 27th and 34th, respectively. 


Big Ten foes Minnesota and Iowa also competed. The Gophers, hosting the invitational, took 12th place with 320 points while Iowa finished 17th with 442 points. 


Wisconsin women's cross country earns third-place finish


The No. 19 Badger women's cross country team took third place at the Stanford Invitational, finishing with 88 points in the long course event. No. 18 UCLA won with 37 points and No. 2 Stanford trailed with 56 points. 


Senior Hilary Edmondson led the Badgers with a 10th place finish, crossing the line with a time of 21:42. Senior Michelle Lilienthal was six seconds behind her, taking 11th. Other Badger finishers were junior Linsey Blaisdell (17th), senior Maggie Guiney (20th) and sophomore Heidi Lane (30th). Senior Sarah Kolpin earned a personal-best in the 6,000-meter event with a time of 22:30, good for 33rd.


Stanford claimed the top two finishers, junior Alicia Craig, who completed the race in 20:25 and freshman Teresa McWalters in 21:07.


In the short course event (4,000 meters), Wisconsin took fifth with 158 points. Senior Leslie Patterson was UW's top finisher, taking 11th place in 15:10. Freshman Marcia Taddy took 20th, clocking in at 15:28.


Badger softball defeats UW-Parkside and UW-Green Bay


The women's softball hosted in-state rivals UW-Parkside and UW-Green Bay Saturday at Goodman Diamond, earning a pair of wins against the Rangers and the Phoenix.


UW opened with a 1-0 win against UW-Parkside, as junior shortstop Kristin Zacher scored on a line drive from junior utility player Anastasia Miller in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Rangers outhit the Badgers 4-3 while sophomore pitcher Sara Gonzales struck out seven batters and walked one.


Against Green Bay, the Badgers fared better, as they defeated the Phoenix 5-1. After UWGB junior infielder Michelle Kaminski's home run on a pitch from Badger junior Katie Layne, Wisconsin bounced back to score five unanswered runs. The third inning proved to be huge for the Badgers, as they scored all five of their runs on three hits and two Green Bay errors.  Zacher, Miller, senior second and third baseman Diana Consolmagno, Utility senior Sheena Padovan and freshman infielder Athena Vasquez.


Layne had five strikeouts but allowed three hits in four innings while freshman pitcher Eden Brock had the save with four strikeouts and one hit.



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