The No. 9 Wisconsin volleyball team preserved its perfect record with a 30-20, 30-16, 30-22 win over Northern Colorado Friday at the Montana State Holiday Inn Classic.
Wisconsin (4-0) outblocked the Bears (1-4) 14-3, including a team-high eight blocks from sophomore middle blocker Taylor Reineke. The Badgers also recorded 55 kills to UNC's 33 and had a team attack percentage of .391 to the Bears' paltry .068. "I think we kept their top hitters to pretty low hitting percentage and they started struggling," Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said.
While three Wisconsin players recorded double-figure kills (junior middle blocker Maria Carlini with 15, redshirt freshman middle blocker/outside hitter Audra Jeffers with 11 and junior middle blocker Amy Bladow with 10), UNC senior Amanda Wiggins led her team with only eight kills.
Carlini earned the team's first double-double this year as she also put up 13 digs; she also had a match-high hitting percentage of .565. Sophomore outside hitter Jocelyn Wack recorded a match-high 16 digs.
Wisconsin worked its way out of several early ties in the first game. The teams were tied 12-12 and UNC was down one point (17-16) before UW took control of the game. UNC also held on early in the second and third games but UW pulled ahead both times and did not look back.
Saturday, UW faces No. 14 Missouri at 1 p.m. and Montana State at 8 p.m. Central time.
Men's soccer: Badgers suffer first loss of season
The Wisconsin men's soccer team took its first hit of the season in the form of a 1-0 loss to No. 12 Fairleigh Dickinson Friday afternoon at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic in Milwaukee.
Wisconsin fell to 2-1 despite out-shooting the Knights 15-9. FDU's lone goal came 16 minutes into the game on a corner kick that UW netminder Jake Settle could not stop. UW also had more corner kicks (6-4) and fewer fouls (6-13) than FDU.
"It's frustrating," UW head coach Jeff Rohrman said. "We dominated for the large majority of the game and in the end we don't come away with a win. But that's the game of soccer. You can dominate for the large majority of it and still come away with a tough loss. We have to do a little better and put our chances away and then we'll be able to reward ourselves." Settle had two saves while FDU netminder Tomer Chencinski had five.
UW faces Oakland Sunday at noon in its other game at the Panther Classic.
Water carry ins allowed Saturday
Fans entering Saturday's football game against Temple will be allowed to bring in sealed bottles of water, a change in protocol from the norm. Temperatures are expected to peak at around 90 degrees Saturday.