The No. 8 Wisconsin volleyball team out-blocked No. 18 Ohio State 15-4 en route to a 30-25, 30-18, 30-20 win Friday night in Madison.
Wisconsin (13-1 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) was led by senior middle blocker Sheila Shaw, who had a match-high .600 hitting percentage and a match-high nine blocks. She also had nine kills.
Junior outside hitter Maria Carlini recorded 12 kills, while senior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto had 11. On defense, sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack extended her streak of consecutive games with double-digit digs by recording 13 Friday night. Carlini also notched 10 digs, recording her 13th career double-double. The Badgers held the Buckeyes to a .129 match hitting percentage, including a negative .023 percentage in the second game. Sophomore setter Jackie Simpson had 36 assists, three kills and five blocks.
For Ohio State (9-5, 2-3), sophomore middle blocker Danielle Meyer led the team with 12 kills
"I was really happy with the way we played tonight I thought we were sharp and we stayed to our game plan and I think we took a very good team and played well against them in every category," UW head coach Pete Waite said.
Wisconsin looks to extend its 15-match home winning streak as it hosts the fourth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (14-2, 5-0) Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the UW Field House.
Women's soccer: Badgers drop fourth straight
Michigan State handed the Wisconsin women's soccer team its fourth consecutive loss Friday in East Lansing, Mich. Although Wisconsin (5-6-2 overall, 0-4-1 Big Ten) out-shot MSU (7-3-3, 3-1-0) 14-2 in the second half, the Badgers fell 3-2. Freshman midfielder/forward Elise Weber and junior midfielder/forward Katy Lindenmuth scored Wisconsin's goals in the loss.
Michigan State led 2-1 at the end of the first half and took a 3-1 lead on a goal from senior forward Emma Harris, her second goal of the day. Lindenmuth scored on a corner kick to narrow MSU's lead to one but it was not enough.
"We really showed a lot of energy in the second half," Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst said. "We had renewed energy and just dominated in shots. Their keeper had some big saves and that was the difference in the game."
MSU goalie Nicole Galas had eight saves, including six in the second half. For Wisconsin, junior netminder Stefani Sczcechowski collected one save in the first half and sophomore goalkeeper Lynn Murray had one in the second half.
Wisconsin faces Michigan Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wisconsin swimming: Badgers defeat UWGB to open season
The Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams easily defeated UW-Green Bay Friday night in Madison.
The Wisconsin women's team won 154-83 with help from senior Emily Carpenter and junior Andrea Wiesner, who each earned two first-place finishes in individual events. Carpenter won the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.25) and 100-yard freestyle (52.80), while Wiesner won the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.05) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:06.67). Five other Badgers won individual events, while two relay teams claimed first place. Senior diver Amanda Witte placed second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
The Wisconsin men's team defeated UWGB 140-95 Friday in Madison, with freshman Scott Rice picking up wins in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.83) and 500-yard freestyle (4:42.54). Sophomore Brett Koerten won the 200-yard IM (1:58) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.55). Four other Badgers won individual events. A Wisconsin relay squad consisting of freshmen Nick Fulton, Rice, Eric Johnson and Michael Desautels won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:36.86. Sophomore diver Josh Bonner placed second on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.