After a solid weekend in which the Badger volleyball team first knocked off Indiana Friday and defeated the Boilermakers Saturday, the team awaits the unveiling of the 64-team bracket for the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced on Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPNews.
Wisconsin (13-7 Big Ten, 21-10 overall) defeated Purdue (7-13, 14-17) Saturday at the Field House, taking down the Boilermakers 30-25, 30-26 and 30-25 in the final game of the season for a fourth-place conference finish. Saturday evening the Badgers also celebrated their four seniors: outside hitter Lisa Zukowski; setter Morgan Shields and defensive specialist/liberos Jill Maier and Angie Sanger.
In the first game, the Badgers trailed 5-9 but bounced back after two Purdue attack errors and a 5-0 Wisconsin run. With the game at 11 apiece, junior outside hitter Jill Odenthal had one of her 10 kills of the night, giving the Badgers a 12-11 lead that they held throughout the game.
The second game brought another close matchup between the teams but the Badgers again pulled ahead, this time after sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw had three consecutive kills and gave Wisconsin a 26-23 advantage. Shaw had 12 kills and two service aces on the night.
In the third game, the teams again had a tie game at 11 apiece but three Purdue errors gave Wisconsin a three-point advantage that they held onto. Sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto had one of her 10 kills to take the game.
Overall, the senior class contributed in its final games, as Zukowski had a match-high 16 kills, Shields had 43 assists, four kills and an error, and Maier had a match-high 14 digs.
Wrestling defeats Panthers for first road win
The men's wrestling team (2-0 overall) took on the Northern Iowa Panthers (1-1) Saturday on the road and handed them a 24-13 loss while winning six of the 10 weight classes.
Sophomores Ryan Flaherty (184 pounds) and Lee Kraemer (197) each pinned a Panther. Sophomores Tom Clum (125) and Ed Gutnik (133), junior Joe Chose (heavyweight) and freshman Tyler Turner (157) each earned decision wins. Northern Iowa took victories in the 165, 174, 141 and 149-pound contests.