The No. 8 Wisconsin volleyball team lost its first Big Ten match of the season Saturday night, as No. 4 Penn State defeated the Badgers 30-21, 30-25 and 30-22 to end Wisconsin's 15-match home winning streak.
In front of 6,674, the third-highest attendance at a match in Wisconsin's Field House, the Badgers (13-2 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) struggled offensively, with a .078 hitting percentage in the match. Opposite hitter Audra Jeffers led Wisconsin with 11 kills, while Christa Harmotto of Penn State (15-2, 6-0) had a match-high 13. Penn State had a .231 match hitting percentage and hit above .200 in all three games.
Penn State had 50 kills to Wisconsin's 37, eight service aces to the Badgers' two and 53 digs to Wisconsin's 50, and 12.5 blocks to UW's 12 (including nine from middle blocker Taylor Reineke).
"I thought Penn State actually played a great match tonight," UW head coach Pete Waite said. "They're ranked in the top four in the country and they showed us some things tonight that we need to learn and I thought they did a lot of things almost flawlessly and played especially good tonight."
Setter Jackie Simpson racked up 29 assists, four blocks and four digs, while libero Jocelyn Wack led all players with 20 digs.
Wisconsin hosts Northwestern (10-4, 1-3) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Field House.
Women's hockey: Badgers split opener
Wisconsin forward Sara Bauer scored a power-play goal 53 seconds into overtime against Minnesota-Duluth Sunday, giving the Badgers a 4-3 win and a split on their season-opening weekend. Saturday, the top-ranked women's hockey team fell to No. 4 UMD 5-2 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Wisconsin (1-1 overall, 1-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) got a boost from its newcomers Sunday. Forward Erika Lawler notched Wisconsin's first goal in the first period with help from forward Angie Keseley. Lawler also had an assist on forward Tia Hanson's goal in the third period.
Defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar led the Badgers with a power-play goal in the second period and assists on Bauer and Hanson's goals. Forwards Jinelle Zaugg and Cyndy Kenyon were credited with assists on Slusar's goal.
Badger netminder Meghan Horras collected 22 saves while UMD netminder Riitta Schaublin had 20 Sunday.
On Saturday, Wisconsin out-shot UMD 36-25 but could not convert on its eight power plays and fell 5-2 to the Bulldogs. Forward Sharon Cole and Kenyon notched goals in the loss, the first time Wisconsin has dropped its season-opener since 1999. Goaltender Christine Dufour had 20 saves, while Schaublin had 34 saves. Bauer recorded an assist on Cole's goal and Zaugg had one on Kenyon's goal.
UMD's Noemie Marin tallied a goal and three assists.
Women's soccer: Badgers defeat Michigan 2-1
The Wisconsin women's soccer team (6-6-2 overall, 1-4-1 Big Ten) ended a four-game losing streak and picked up its first conference win with a 2-1 defeat of Michigan in Ann Arbor Sunday.
Midfielder/forward Katy Lindenmuth scored Wisconsin's first goal at 20:30 in the first period on an assist from midfielder/forward Amy Vermeulen. Forward Sandy Jorgensen also contributed an assist on that goal.
Michigan tied it up at 73:46 in the second half but forward/midfielder Allison Priess knocked a header past Michigan netminder Madison Gates for the game-winner. Lindenmuth and Vermeulen added assists.
Wisconsin goalie Lynn Murray and Gates collected two saves each.
Men's soccer: Wisconsin's slump continues
For the fifth time this season, the Wisconsin men's soccer team (4-8-0 overall, 0-2-0 Big Ten) was shut out by its opponent. Sunday the Badgers fell to Penn State (4-6-2, 3-0-0) 1-0 in overtime.
"We played well enough to win, but we couldn't find the goal," head coach Jeff Rohrman said. "We had two really good chances to score, but couldn't convert the chances into goals. We just aren't getting enough out of our forwards; they aren't producing like we need them to."
Penn State's Brian Devlin scored five minutes into overtime for the only goal of the day. Badger goalkeeper Jake Settle had three saves as did PSU goalie Conrad Taylor. Penn State out-shot Wisconsin 8-6.
Men's tennis: Badgers host Wisconsin Invitational
The Wisconsin men's tennis team hosted the Wisconsin Invitational Friday through Sunday in Madison, welcoming five teams, including Big Ten foes Iowa and Minnesota. Team scores were not recorded at this competition.
The Badgers lost just one match in singles against Minnesota and Iowa Friday. Against Marquette, Wisconsin won five of its eight singles matches and one of three doubles matches.
Wisconsin posted a 5-2 singles record and 5-1 doubles record Saturday, competing against players from Drake and Iowa in singles and Northern Illinois and Iowa in doubles.
In singles Sunday, the Badgers finished 6-1 against Iowa, led by No. 80 Jeremy Sonkin, who defeated Bart Van Mousjou 6-4, 6-4. Wisconsin had four wins and two losses in singles versus Drake, with Sonkin picking up his second win over the day, a victory over Maor Zirkin 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles action Sunday, Wisconsin won seven of its nine doubles matches, competing against Iowa and Minnesota.
Softball: Badgers win two
The Wisconsin softball team won a pair of games Saturday in Madison in its only action this fall. The Badgers defeated the University of Wisconsin-Parkside 12-0 and UW-Green Bay 1-0 in extra innings.
Junior center fielder Sam Polito's base hit scored freshman right fielder Theresa Boruta from third in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Phoenix. Polito had two hits in each game and added five runs batted in against Parkside.
Versus UWGB, junior Eden Brock pitched an eight-inning complete game shutout, striking out five while allowing just two hits and one walk.
Junior Megan Smith struck out four and gave up three hits and a walk in four scoreless innings, picking up the win against Parkside.