Volleyball falls to Spartans in first conference loss
The No. 14 Michigan State volleyball team knocked off the No. 20 Badgers in four games Friday in East Lansing. MSU (2-2 Big Ten, 10-4 overall) defeated the Badgers 30-16, 24-30, 30-28 and 30-22, for their first win against Wisconsin since 1999. With the loss, Wisconsin moves to 2-1 in the Big Ten and 10-4 overall.
Michigan State outplayed the Badgers in nearly every area, including kills (71-65), blocking (9-4) and digs (56-37). For Wisconsin, four Badgers had double figure kills. Junior outside hitter Jill Odenthal led the team with 16, while sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw contributed 14, senior outside hitter Lisa Zukowski had 13 and sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto took 12. Senior defensive specialist/libero Jill Maier's 13 digs led Wisconsin.
Women's soccer loses fourth straight
The Big Ten season continues to prove unkind to Wisconsin's women's soccer team. The Badgers became the first team to notch a goal against Illinois in the past six matches, but the Illini tallied two second half goals and prevailed 2-1.
Wisconsin began the scoring at 5:09 when Marla Froelich took an assist from Katy Lindenmuth and claimed her second goal of the season.
Illinois, though, battled back, getting scores Tiffani Walker and Jessica Bayne in the second half. The game-winner came at 73:06.
Illini goaltender Leisha Alcia had three saves in the win, while Wisconsin goalie Stefani Szczechowski had two saves.