Badgers take Hoosiers down in four

Wisconsin building positive momentum with NCAA selections around the corner

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The women's volleyball team defeated Indiana in four games Friday night at the Field House. With scores of 30-22, 28-30, 30-14 and 30-26, the Badgers (12-7 Big Ten, 20-10 overall) sit in fourth place in the conference. Indiana moves to 5-15 in conference play and 12-19 overall. The Badgers owned Indiana, coming up with 84 digs and 79 kills while Indiana only mustered 54 digs and 49 kills, along with 10 team blocks to Indiana's four.


In the first game, the Badgers broke away from the Hoosiers after eight ties, led by sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto. She earned a match-high 21 kills throughout the night, including a kill at the end of a 6-1 Wisconsin run that brought the score to 19-13. Although Indiana fought back with a 3-1 streak, the Badgers prevailed with another 7-2 streak that gave them the game.


The second game brought even more ties and a closer matchup, as the teams were tied 18 times and were within a few points throughout the game. Indiana's 3-0 late stretch gave them a 24-21 advantage but Meierotto hit two shots to put the Badgers even with the Hoosiers at 27 apiece. Although Wisconsin got the next point, the team fell 28-30.


Game 3 looked nothing like the first two, with the Badgers taking enormous leads and dominating over Indiana with a 30-14 win. The Badgers hit .400 compared with Indiana's .049 and senior outside hitter Lisa Zukowski and sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw had five kills each.


Although the Badgers were not as dominant in the fourth game, they had a 6-1 streak in response to an Indiana 5-0 rally. Zukowski ended the game and the match with a kill that gave the Badgers a 30-26 win. Overall, seniors defensive specialist/libero Jill Maier and setter Morgan Shields had a team-high 16 digs each. Shields had a record-setting day, as her 66 assists broke a school record she set, in the number of assists in Big Ten matches, with 1,066. Shields also now holds the third spot on UW's career list with her 3,941 assists, moving past Lizzy Fitzgerald on the list.

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