Badgers fight hard to defeat Michigan
The No. 20 women's volleyball team took five games to improve their conference record to 3-1 Saturday night. Wisconsin defeated Michigan 30-32, 30-27, 29-31, 30-21 and 15-13 en route to its 14th straight match win over the Wolverines.
The Badgers (11-4 overall) statistically out-maneuvered Michigan (2-2 Big Ten, 10-5 overall), leading the Wolverines in kills, hitting percentage, service aces and digs. The Badgers racked up 84 kills compared with Michigan's 70. Outside hitters junior Jill Odenthal and Aubrey Meierotto led Wisconsin with 21 kills apiece. Neither could top Michigan junior outside hitter Jennifer Gandolph, who had 25 kills. Badger sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw also put up big numbers, as she had 17 kills and a career-high six service aces, one more than the Wolverines had total. Wisconsin had 11 service aces overall.
In digs, Wisconsin held a slight edge over the Wolverines, racking up 66 to their 65. Senior defensive specialist/libero Jill Maier recorded 17 while senior outside hitter Lisa Zukowski had 16. The one area Michigan held the advantage over Wisconsin was in blocking, as the Wolverines had 15 blocks to Wisconsin's 13. Freshman middle blocker Amy Bladow contributed a career-high eight blocks. Senior setter Morgan Shields had 72 assists for the night.
Women's cross country runs to first place at invite
The women's cross country team's 39 points was good for a first-place finish at the 10-team Loyola Lakefront Invitational Saturday, one point ahead of second-place Nebraska.
For the No. 16 Badgers, senior Hilary Edmondson led all runners with a first-place finish of 17:18. Two other Badgers finished in the top 10, as senior Maggie Guine crossed the finish line in 17:44 in sixth place and sophomore Heidi Lane took ninth place with a time of 17:56.
Twice as nice for softball team
The women's softball team (5-1-1) tasted success twice Saturday, defeating Winona State in a doubleheader. The Badgers defeated the Warriors 12-1 and 4-1 in the team's final games of the fall season.
In the first game, the Badgers kept the hits coming in, scoring in five innings. Freshman infielder Athena Vasquez drove in a runner on a triple and scored later in the first inning, giving the Badgers a 2-0 advantage. The second inning proved to be huge for Wisconsin, as the team scored five runs. Junior outfielder Natalie Phillips had a home run and Vasquez contributed a two-run double later in the inning. Senior infielder Meghann Reiss hit a two-run homer before the inning ended. The third inning brought another Wisconsin score, as junior shortstop Krisin Zacher hit a home run to give the Badgers their eighth run of the game. The Badgers continued to bury Winona State in the fourth inning, as Reiss hit her second home run of the game and senior utility hitter Sheena Padovan had an RBI single. In the fifth inning, Vasquez had her fourth RBI of the game, bringing Zacher in to score Wisconsin's 12th run. Winona State scored a single run in the sixth inning.
Sophomore pitcher Sara Gonzales struck out six batters and gave up two hits in five innings. Freshman pitcher Megan Smith replaced Gonzales and struck out two but allowed one run and two hits.
Although the Badgers defeated the Warriors in the second game, the Warriors put up more of a fight, allowing four runs instead of 12. This time, Winona State kicked off the scoring with an unearned run off of freshman pitcher Eden Brock.
Down by one, Wisconsin rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning, earning three runs. Vasquez earned another RBI, tying the game at 1-1. Zacher followed suit, hitting a two-run triple, bringing the score to 3-1. But Wisconsin was not finished, as freshman Megan Missaggia drove in freshman outfielder Stephanie Chinn for the final score.
In game two, Brock struck out four and gave up four hits in five innings in addition to the run. Junior pitcher Katie Layne pitched the two remaining innings, striking out two and walking two while giving up one hit.