Badger Sports Roundup, Sept. 10

Volleyball splits, soccer wins and cross country teams place second

Volleyball splits first day of Jayhawk Invite

The No. 25 Wisconsin volleyball team (2-2 overall) opened its run at the Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence, Kansas, Friday, with a solid sweep of Denver. The Badgers easily defeated the Pioneers 30-25, 30-21 and 30-19, with strong performances from junior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto, who had a match-high 19 digs and senior outside hitter Marian Weidner, who finished with 17 kills. Wisconsin also had a season-high team hitting percentage of .394, compared with Denver's .241.

Friday evening, however, the Badgers fell prey to the Jayhawks, who defeated Wisconsin 30-21, 30-26, 29-31 and 30-22. Wisconsin hit only .199 percent while Kansas hit .320. Junior middle blocker Sheila Shaw led the Badgers with 20 kills while Weidner put up 13 and freshman middle blocker Taylor Reineke contributed 10. Weidner also added 12 digs and senior outside hitter Jill Odenthal had three service aces in the loss.

Wisconsin got off to a slow start in its first game against Kansas, hitting only .049 and trailing 11-4 at one point.

"It was a tough loss," said UW coach Pete Waite. "Kansas played very well. They outserved us and outpassed us and that's the keys to the game. I think we really fought hard in third (game) to come back and get on track but in the other games, we were playing catch-up ball a lot of the time."

Vermeulen propels Badgers to win

Junior midfielder/forward Amy Vermeulen scored two of No. 18 Wisconsin's three goals within a minute of each other as the Badger soccer team (5-0) defeated the North Dakota State 3-0 Friday night in Madison.

Senior midfielder/defender Molly Meuer notched a goal late in the first half to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead. Vermeulen added security late in the second half by scoring two goals within 1:06 of each other. Junior midfielder/forward Katy Lindenmuth had an assist on Meuer's goal and Vermeulen's first score.

Sophomore goaltender Stefani Szczechowski spent most of the time in the net and collected one save; freshman netminder Lynn Murray finished off the game for her but did not earn any saves. North Dakota State goalie Katie Strombaugh gave up three goals and had four saves.

Men's cross country finishes second at invite

The men's cross country team finished second overall at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa Friday but placed two of its runners in the top spots. Iowa narrowly edged out Wisconsin 27 to 28 in the team results.

Junior Bobby Lockhart won the race in 25 minutes, 10 seconds while Gregory placed second in 25:22. Sophomore Teddy O'Reilly finished seventh in 25:31 and senior Colin Steele placed 10th in 26:02.

Women's cross country takes second

The women's cross country team finished second at the 2004 Crusader Invitational in Valparaiso, Ind., Friday, defeating No. 4 Notre Dame. Western Michigan won the race with 35 points while Wisconsin placed second with 41 points.

Badger sophomore Katrina Rundhaug won her race in 22:30 and sophomore A' Havala Haynes finished second in 22:35. Sophomore Megan Thomas was the only other Badger to place in the top 10 and she finished sixth in 23:18.

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