Volleyball drops to Purdue

Wisconsin dealt seventh loss of Big Ten season

The Badger volleyball team broke its 17-game winning streak against Purdue Friday night in West Lafayette. This was Wisconsin's first loss to Purdue since Nov. 3, 1995, also in West Lafayette. With the loss, the Badgers fall to 18-9 overall and 12-7 in the Big Ten, while Purdue moves to 16-13 and 9-10.

Wisconsin dropped the first game 30-26 but won the second 30-24, before dropping the third and fourth games 30-25 and 30-26, respectively.

"It was not a game where we were in sync with each other," Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said. "We complicated things, and players were looking at other teammates to make plays instead of looking at themselves."

The Badgers hit .425 in the first game but also hit a low .031 in game three, finishing .231 for the match. The Boilermakers hit .288 and had 76 kills to Wisconsin's 65.

Sophomore middle blocker Maria Carlini had a match-high 18 kills, while junior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto added 12 and junior middle blocker Sheila Shaw had 11. Carlini also led all players with 19 digs while freshman libero Jocelyn Wack had 17.

"Maria played great," Waite said. "We actually put Maria in a spot where she could get more swings for us, and I think she did a nice job in the front row."

Boilermaker senior middle hitter Kim McConaha led her team with 17 kills.

Wisconsin out-blocked Purdue 15-11, nine of which came from Shaw, who tied her season-high blocks.

The Badgers face Indiana Saturday in Bloomington. The team will learn of its NCAA fate Sunday at 5:45 p.m. If the Badgers, as expected, receive an invitation, it will be their ninth straight NCAA tournament appearance and 13th overall.

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