The No. 13 Wisconsin volleyball team swept No. 11 UCLA Sunday at the UW Field House to win the InnTowner Invitational. The host school topped the Bruins 30-26, 30-28 and 30-23. UCLA (7-2) is the first ranked opponent Wisconsin (8-1) has defeated this season. It was also the first time the Badgers have swept a three-game match against a ranked opponent since Dec. 1, 2001 (against No. 20 Michigan State in the NCAA tournament).
Wisconsin previously defeated Villanova 30-21, 30-10 and 30-18 Friday and Valparaiso 30-21, 30-21 and 30-22 Saturday.
Against UCLA, Wisconsin at two instances held a seven-point lead in the first game, riding on kills from junior middle blocker Maria Carlini (who finished the match with 10), sophomore middle blocker Taylor Reineke (12) and senior Sheila Shaw (12).
The Badgers found themselves down 22-16 in the second game but fought back with help from Shaw and senior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto, who were instrumental in building Wisconsin's score to a 26-24 lead. Carlini also had 10 digs.
In the third game, Shaw recorded four kills and Meierotto, Carlini and Reineke had three apiece as the Badgers held the Bruins to just 23 points and a .186 hitting percentage.
Sophomore setter Jackie Simpson recorded 41 assists and a career-high eight blocks. Sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack recorded 10 digs, extending her double-figure digs streak to 40 matches.
On Friday, Carlini led the way with 11 kills, 13 digs and two service aces, while redshirt freshman middle blocker/outside hitter Audra Jeffers had 14 kills and Shaw recorded 12.
Simpson had 40 assists and seven digs, leading an offense that dominated, with a hitting percentage of .312 to Villanova's .019.
Wack recorded 13 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Amanda Berkley earned a career-high 12 digs.
Leaders for Saturday's sweep of the Crusaders include Simpson, who had 48 assists and 11 digs, Shaw, who had 13 kills and seven blocks, and senior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto and Jeffers, each of whom had 12 kills.
Wisconsin held the Crusaders to a .138 hitting percentage, while three Badgers recorded double-figure digs, including Wack, whose 22 digs tied her for the second most in a three-game match in school history; Simpson and Carlini each had 11 digs.
Sophomore defensive specialist Megan Mills recorded five straight service points in the first game and a career-high three service aces in the match.
Wisconsin now prepares to host Minnesota Sept. 23 at the Field House at 7 p.m.
Men's soccer: Badgers drop to No. 3 Lobos
Competing at the TLC Plumbing and Utilities Invite in New Mexico, the Wisconsin men's soccer team fell 3-2 to No. 3 New Mexico (6-0-0) Friday night but defeated Butler Sunday 1-0 to finish 1-1 at the tournament.
Wisconsin (4-2-0) was out-shot 23-9 but scored on two of its nine shots versus the Lobos Friday. Redshirt freshman forward Victor Diaz scored the first goal of his Wisconsin career just six minutes into the game. But Wisconsin relinquished the lead in the 25th minute, when Lobo Jeff Rowland scored his first of two goals to tie the game.
Rowland's second goal came early in the second period, putting Wisconsin down by one. Junior forward/midfielder Reid Johnson responded quickly, scoring the Badgers' other goal six minutes later. But Lobo Cody Hanna scored the game-winner on Wisconsin junior netminder Jake Settle shortly after Johnson's goal.
Settle had eight saves while New Mexico goalie Mike Graczyk had five saves on seven shots on goal.
On Sunday, the Badgers edged Butler 1-0 on a goal from sophomore midfielder Erik Ortega in the 84th minute of play. Sophomore midfielder Nick Caronna had the assist.
Wisconsin was out-shot 9-8 in a penalty-laden game, in which Butler was issued three yellow cards and the Badgers two yellow cards and a red card for Diaz.
Settle had four saves in his second career shutout while Butler netminder Frank Peabody had five.
Women's soccer splits weekend pair
The No. 15 Wisconsin women's soccer team (5-2-1) battled through regulation and two overtimes but fell to Brigham Young 2-1 Friday in Madison at the Big Toe Invitational. The Badgers, though, defeated the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday.
On Friday, the Badgers were down by one goal when junior midfielder Kara Kabellis scored Wisconsin's only goal, at 75:50.
Wisconsin out-shot BYU, 2-1 in the first overtime but the contest headed into a second overtime, where BYU's Jaime Beck scored the game-winner at 104:14.
Badger sophomore goalie Lynn Murray had nine saves, while BYU's Erika Woodbury had four. BYU out-shot Wisconsin 19-13 and held a 7-3 advantage on corner kicks.
"We showed some brilliance on the ball tonight," Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst said. "We didn't play as consistently as we are capable of, but we really moved the ball well and had some great combinations. BYU is strong, physical and fast. Those were two tournament teams out there tonight."
On Saturday, redshirt freshman forward Taylor Walsh recorded her first and second career goals in the 4-0 win, while senior midfielder/forward Katy Lindenmuth and junior forward/midfielder Allison Preiss recorded goals. Preiss also recorded an assist on Walsh's second goal; sophomore defender Ann Eshun had the assist on Walsh's first goal, which was just over a minute into the game. Senior midfielder/forward Amy Vermeulen and senior defender Becky Katsma also recorded assists.
UW and UW-Milwaukee (2-4-2) each had 10 shots, but the Panthers held a 6-2 advantage on corner kicks. Badger sophomore netminder Lynn Murray had five saves and junior Stefani Szczechowski added a save after spelling Murray. Panther Erin Kane had two saves.
Senior midfielder Marisa Brown was named the tournament's most outstanding defensive player, and junior midfielder Kara Kabellis and Walsh were named to the all-tournament team. Brigham Young (8-0-0) won the tournament after defeating Colgate 2-0 Saturday.
Badgers compete at Milwaukee River Challenge
The Wisconsin women's openweight and lightweight rowing squads competed at the Milwaukee River Challenge Saturday, winning numerous events on the 2.2-mile course on the Milwaukee River.
Wisconsin's openweight four "A" boat won the race in 23 minutes, 30.78 seconds, and the lightweight four finished in second in 23:34.48. The Badgers' B and C openweight and lightweight boats placed third through fifth.
Wisconsin's top openweight eight boat won its race in 21:07.45, with the lightweight 8 boat finishing second in 21:45.23. The openweight B and lightweight B took third and fourth, respectively, in 21:59.54 and 22:47.07.
Women's cross country: Sixth at Midwest Collegiate Invitational
The Wisconsin women's cross country team placed sixth of 20 teams at the Midwest Collegiate Invitational in Kenosha Saturday. Freshman Maggie Collison led the way for the Badgers, placing 14th in 19 minutes, :02 seconds. Rosa Alvarez of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the race in 18:44, while Northwestern University won the team portion with 64 points. UW finished with 154 points.
Sophomore Ann Detmer finished in 19:24, placing 26th overall and 24th among attached runners. Freshmen Sarah Hurley, Sara McKinley and Kira Cerroni placed 38th, 43rd and 45th. Freshman Kara Tauchman placed 89th overall but did not count in the scoring.
Women's golf: Badgers tie for 10th at Mary Fossum Invite
The Wisconsin women's golf team tied for 10th at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich., over the weekend. Wisconsin finished with a 933 (312-309-312), tying with Iowa State. Host Michigan State finished with an 889, eight shots ahead of second-place Southern Methodist.
For Wisconsin, freshman Jeana Dahl led the way with a tie for 23rd at 229 (77-77-75), while sophomore Katie Elliott tied for 37th with a 234 (79-77-78). Junior Jill Ries (tie for 48th with a 237), senior Jackie Obermueller (tie for 59th with a 240) and sophomore Carissa Werlinger (tie for 59th with a 240) also competed
Northwestern's Jennifer Hong and Kent State's Becky Wood tied for first with 220s.