Volleyball: Badgers back in first place

Wisconsin win, Minnesota loss create three-way tie atop conference standings

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Once again, a tie at the top.

Wisconsin defeated Michigan in four games Friday night to move into a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten with Penn State and Minnesota. The Badgers (10-3 Big Ten, 18-6 overall) took down the Wolverines (8-6, 16-9) 30-25, 23-30, 30-26, 30-24.

Wisconsin was led by junior Jill Odenthal, who registered a double-double on the night. Odenthal tallied 20 kills for a .405 hitting percentage, popped up 10 digs and posted a solo block.

Also contributing to the Badger offense, sophomore Aubrey Meierotto nailed down 19 kills, hitting for .389 percent and posting nine digs, while senior Lisa Zukowski added 15 kills. Senior Morgan Shields tallied 60 assists, three kills and eight digs. Senior Jill Maier led the Badgers defense with 15 digs.

The two teams were equally matched as only one kill, one service ace and one dig separated the teams' totals.

Out-serving the Wolverines, Wisconsin recorded seven service aces, with three aces coming from freshman Amy Bladow and two aces from sophomore Sheila Shaw. UM registered six aces and committed nine service errors, compared to UW's six errors.

The Badgers next take on Michigan State Saturday at the UW Field House at 7 p.m.

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