Gophers topple Badgers in five games
The Badgers (4-2 Big Ten, 12-5 overall) relied on freshman middle blocker Amy Bladow, senior outside hitter Lisa Zukowski and sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw to lead the team in kills. Bladow contributed 14 kills while Zukowski and Shaw each put up 13. Wisconsin totaled 74 kills and the Gophers racked up 75, led by senior opposite hitter Cassie Busse with 24 kills.
The Gophers (4-2 Big Ten, 11-7 overall) also out-blocked and out-dug the Badgers, with 74 digs and 16 team blocks compared with 66 digs and seven blocks from the Badgers. Wisconsin did earn seven service aces while Minnesota only took four.
Senior libero Jill Maier led the team in digs with 16, with junior outside hitter Marian Weidner and senior setter Morgan Shields contributing 12 apiece.
For Minnesota, freshman middle blocker Meredith Nelson led the team with 11 registered block assists and junior setter Lindsey Taatjes and sophomore libero Paula Gentil each had a team-high 15 digs.
Women's cross country earns second straight win
The women's cross country team dominated at the Dan Huston Invitational race Saturday, as seven Badgers cracked the top 10 runners. UW finished first with 23 points in the four-kilometer race, followed by host Wartburg, who had 81 points.
Senior Maggie Guiney led the Badgers with a second-place time of 14:10, trailed by senior Hilary Edmondson, who finished seven seconds later. Senior Sarah Kolpin took fifth, clocking in at 14:35, followed by four Badgers. Junior Lindsey Blaisdell took sixth, reaching the finish line in 14:43 with seventh-place finisher sophomore A' Havahla Haynes hot on her trail. Freshman Marcia Taddy and senior Michelle Lilienthal rounded out the top nine, finishing in 14:57 and 15:01, respectively.
Women's openweight wins eight and four races at Head of the Rock
The women's openweight crew team defeated Big Ten foes Minnesota and Iowa, among others, in the eight and four races at the Head of the Rock Sunday. The women's eight finished in 16:16, edging Minnesota by five seconds. Wisconsin's B boat took fifth place, behind Iowa and Notre Dame, respectively. The women's four team took first in 18:07 on the 2.75-mile course, with Minnesota clocking in six seconds behind them.
In the women's pair, the Badgers placed third behind Minnesota and Notre Dame. The novice eight team also took third with a time of 19:03 and the novice four took second, seven seconds behind the Fighting Irish.
The women next travel to Boston for the Head of the Charles next weekend.
Men's tennis hosts Wisconsin Invitational, compete in ITA-All-American Tournament
The men's tennis team hosted the Wisconsin Invitational Friday through Sunday, crushing Marquette in singles and defeating Iowa in singles and doubles. Wisconsin could not keep up its solid play throughout the weekend as it defeated Nebraska in singles Saturday but later fell to Minnesota in singles and fell to Northern Illinois in singles and doubles Sunday.
Wisconsin opened with a 5-1 rout of Marquette but faced a much closer opponent in Iowa, defeating the Hawkeyes 4-3 in singles play and 3-1 in doubles. Saturday, the Badgers defeated Nebraska 3-1 in singles play. Minnesota, however, presented a challenge for Wisconsin, as the Gophers downed the Badgers 3-2 in singles. Wisconsin fought back and defeated Minnesota 2-1 in doubles.
Sunday simply brought trouble for the Badgers, as they fell to Northern Illinois 5-2 in singles and 2-1 in doubles.
Two Badgers were missing at the Wisconsin Invitational. Junior Alex Kasarov and senior David Hippee participated in the ITA-All-American Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Friday, Kasarov and Hippee won their first two matches of the day before falling to No. 1 team of seniors Richard Barker and William Barker, twin brothers from Rice University, in the quarterfinals. Kasarov and Hippee were unable to compete in the Wisconsin Invitational upon exiting from the ITA-All-American Tournament.