Badger Sports Roundups

Solinsky wins Notre Dame Invite, volleyball defeats Purdue, women's cross country competes at Notre Dame, and women's soccer loses heartbreaker

Men's cross country: Solinsky first at Notre Dame Invite

Wisconsin cross country runner Chris Solinsky won his first collegiate race Friday when he finished first at the Notre Dame Invitational in a time of 23 minutes, 21 seconds. The top-ranked Badgers finished fifth with 174 points in the race that No. 7 Arizona won with 70 points.

Senior Bobby Lockhart placed 15th in 24:06, while redshirt freshman Christian Wagner placed 19th in 24:42. Senior Ben Gregory finished in 41st with a time of 24:42 and sophomore Ben Porter rounded out the scoring with a 102nd-place finish in 25:35.

Volleyball: Badgers sneak by Purdue in five

Despite being outperformed in every statistical category, the No. 8 Wisconsin volleyball team defeated No. 21 Purdue in five games on the road Friday night.

Wisconsin (11-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) won the first two games 30-27 and 31-29 but lost the next two 28-30 and 14-30, which pushed the teams to a fifth game. The Badgers took an early 5-1 lead and never relinquished it, winning 15-9.

Wisconsin came from behind in the first game, battling from an 18-9 deficit with help from sophomore setter Jackie Simpson, who served four consecutive points to keep the Badgers alive. Redshirt freshman Audra Jeffers had 15 kills in the match, including three over the last four points of the first game.

Purdue (11-3, 0-3) and Wisconsin kept the second game close but Wisconsin broke away from a 29-29 tie with help from senior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto, who recorded one of her team-high 19 kills to win the game.

The Boilermakers and Badgers kept the third game close and the game was tied at 27-27 before a UW hitting error and two kills from Purdue freshman Kelli Miller gave the Boilermakers the game.

Wisconsin struggled in the fourth game, while Purdue's hitters thrived, with a hitting percentage of .618 for the game. Purdue had four service aces and three blocks in that game to Wisconsin's none.

Purdue out-hit Wisconsin .247 to .217, out-blocked Wisconsin 11.5-11, out-killed Wisconsin 82-70 and out-dug Wisconsin 83-69.

"It was just a phenomenal match," head coach Pete Waite said. "Looking at the stats, they outdid us in every category except the win. It just says a lot for the character of our kids."

Freshman middle hitter Stephanie Lynch recorded a game-high 21 kills for the Boilermakers, while senior setter Renata Dargan had the first triple-double of her career, with 13 kills, 13 digs and 61 assists. Sophomore defensive specialist Anne Mastandrea had a match-high 25 digs.

For Wisconsin, sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack had a team-high 22 digs, extending her double-digit dig streak to 43 matches, and Simpson recorded 49 assists.

Women's cross country: Badger women take eighth at Notre Dame Invite

The Wisconsin women's cross country team finished eighth at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday in South Bend, Ind. Junior Katrina Rundhaug placed 16th in 17:28 to lead the Badgers, who finished with 253 points in the 24-team race.

Other Badgers who scored include freshman Alicia Pabich (34th in 17:43), senior Maggie Grabow (45th in 17:48), freshman Christina Fiduccia (62nd in 18:02) and freshman Ashley Benson (108th in 18:36).

Other members of the women's cross country team competed at the Whitewater Open, held Friday in Whitewater. Freshman Desiree Toldt placed first in 28:38.8 while competing unattached. Freshman Maggie Collison took second in 23:48.4 and freshman Annette Daehler, also competing unattached, placed fourth in 24:09.7. Freshman Sarah McKinley took fifth in 24:10, rounding out the top five finishers.

Women's soccer: Badgers fall in double overtime

The Wisconsin women's soccer team fell to Minnesota 1-0 in double overtime Friday in Madison.

Wisconsin (5-4-2 overall, 0-2-1) out-shot Minnesota 21-8 but Minnesota goaltender Molly Schneider rejected Wisconsin's attempts. One Badger attempt, made by senior midfielder Marisa Brown, went into the net but was called back due to an offsides call on Wisconsin.

Minnesota freshman midfielder Kaitlin Wagner scored at 108:02 on an assist from teammate forward Lindsey Schwartz.

UW junior netminder Stefani Szczechowski started her first game this season.

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