Badger Sports Roundup, Sept. 18

Volleyball sweeps InnTowner invite; women's crew wins first race of season

Volleyball sweeps InnTowner Invite

Wisconsin (6-2) put up a strong showing against Marshall Saturday afternoon at the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, sweeping the Thundering Herd (5-4) 30-13, 30-19 and 30-24. Saturday evening, Wisconsin swept Cincinnati 30-25, 30-25 and 30-20 to win the InnTowner Invitational.

"I was pleased with our match against Marshall," Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said. "I think our team came out with good intensity. It was a good team effort."

Against Marshall, senior outside hitter Marian Weidner led the Badgers with 17 kills and .667 hitting percentage, while junior middle blocker Sheila Shaw had 16 kills. Wisconsin hit .447 as a team and held Marshall to only a .142 percentage.

Wisconsin got strong contributions from its freshmen, as middle blocker Taylor Reineke had six block assists and six kills and libero Jocelyn Wack led the team with 12 digs.

Wisconsin continued to produce solid statistics against Cincinnati, setting a three-game match record with 23.5 blocks, smashing the old record of 18 blocks in three games. Senior outside hitter Jill Odenthal had eight block assists and a team-high 10 kills while freshman setter Jackie Simpson and Reineke had seven block assists and a solo block apiece.

Wack contributed a team-high 15 digs.

"Good volleyball is when you pass well enough and you play defense well enough to get the setter the ball and she can go anywhere with it." Waite said. "We've got the tools, offensively, and now they're starting to find out that they can be a great team."

Shaw earned InnTowner Invitational MVP honors for her nine kills and nine block assists Saturday night. She had 40 kills and 14 block assists in the three matches. Odenthal and Weidner also made the all-tournament team for their efforts over the weekend.

Women's rowing picks up first win

The women's rowing team opened its 2004-05 season with a win at the Milwaukee River Challenge Saturday, picking up the first win for recently hired head coach Bebe Bryans.

Wisconsin's openweight four "A" boat won the 4.4-mile race in 22:28, while the Wisconsin "C" boat placed second and the Iowa "A" boat finished third.

Although there were no official times listed in the eight races, the Wisconsin "A" boat finished first, ahead of Purdue and Iowa, respectively.

"Everyone performed well," head coach Bebe Bryans said. "We were a very good team today and brought home a victory cup. The team has lots of room to improve, but with the strong showing in Milwaukee, the team is excited for the rest of the season."

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