Badgers finish conference season with a win
The Wisconsin volleyball team concluded its regular season on a high note with a 3-1 win over Indiana on the road Saturday night. The Badgers took the first two games, 30-26 and 30-26, before dropping the third game 30-27. Wisconsin fought back to win the fourth game 30-27 and the match. After a 3-1 loss to Purdue Friday night, the Badgers finished the regular season with a 13-7 record in the conference, good for fourth place. Wisconsin finished 19-9 overall and the team will learn if it has been selected for the NCAA Tournament Sunday. Indiana finished 8-23 overall and 2-18 in the conference.
"I'm pleased we came off a loss on Friday night and came out and got a win here tonight," Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said. "It's always frustrating to be on the road and take (a loss) the first one out, but I thought the kids stepped it up, and we had a couple people contribute off the bench and that helped us win."
After dropping game three, the Badgers jumped out to a 15-9 lead in the fourth game behind senior outside hitter Marian Weidner, who had four kills in the game. Indiana came back and came within one, down 24-23, but committed three straight errors. Wisconsin took advantage of the opportunity and went up 28-23. Senior outside hitter Jill Odenthal had a kill to give the Badgers the win after the Hoosiers held off two consecutive Badger game points.
Junior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto recorded a team-high 19 kills as Wisconsin out-hit Indiana 76-70. Junior middle blocker Sheila Shaw had 14 kills and Odenthal added 13. For Indiana, senior middle blocker Katie Pollom had a game-high 24 kills while fellow senior outside hitter Christina Archibald had 20 kills and 21 digs in their final games as Hoosiers.
On defense, freshman libero Jocelyn Wack recorded a match-high 24 digs, while Meierotto had 13 and Weidner added 12.
Wrestling defeats Northern Iowa on last-second takedown
Wisconsin junior Ryan Flaherty scored a takedown in the final seconds of the last match against Northern Iowa senior Sean Stender in the 197 pound weight class to lead the No. 17 Badgers to a 20-14 win over No. 15 Northern Iowa Saturday at the Field House.
"I think we wrestled pretty well in our first home dual of the season," Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said. "The guys stepped it up when they had to and won some close matches."
Junior Tom Clum recorded an 18-3 technical fall victory against Panther junior Patrick Sharp at 133 pounds to give the Badgers a boost.
Although Wisconsin lost its first two matches, as junior heavyweight Lee Kraemer and sophomore Collin Cudd (125) dropped their contests, freshman Craig Henning (149), sophomore Tyler Turner (157), redshirt freshman Matt Maciag (184) and Tyler Laudon (141) all went on to win their matches. Redshirt freshman Jake Donar (165) and junior Kelly Flaherty (174) also lost their matches.
Volleyball, wrestling pick up wins
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