The third-seeded Washington volleyball team swept Wisconsin Saturday in College Station, Texas, winning 30-28, 30-25 and 30-23. Washington heads to the Final Four next weekend to face 15th-seed Tennessee, while the 11th-seeded Badgers end their season 26-7.
"We're really proud of our team and the way we played tonight," UW coach Pete Waite said. "I think we just ran into a very good team."
Sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack recorded a match-high 22 digs, setting an NCAA record for the most consecutive matches with double-digit digs, with 64. She broke the record of 63 set by Giselle Lopez-Pereira of Virginia Commonwealth earlier this year. Wack also set a new Wisconsin standard with 595 digs and 5.17 digs per game this season, breaking her old records of 567 digs and 4.93 digs per game. Wack was named to the all-tournament team. Junior Maria Carlini, who had 15 digs, also made the all-tournament team.
Wisconsin and Washington (30-1) battled throughout the first game, with the game tied as late as 28-28. But a kill from sophomore Christal Morrison and a block from the Huskies put Washington up one game to none.
"I think we had a shot at that first game," Waite said. "Our hitting was good early then we gave them a string of points at the end that took the momentum over to Washington's side. If we had gotten that first game, it might have been a different story."
Wisconsin held a 10-9 lead in the second game but the Huskies went on a 3-0 run and did not look back from there. Senior Sanja Tomasevic recorded six of her 17 total kills in the second game, helping the Huskies win.
In the third game, Wisconsin led early at 8-3 but the Huskies went on an 11-3 run to take a 14-11 lead. Wisconsin came within one point four different times but UW errors gave the Huskies the key to the Final Four.
Wisconsin recorded 42 kills to Washington's 56, with redshirt freshman Audra Jeffers and seniors Aubrey Meierotto and Sheila Shaw each putting down 10. Sophomore Jackie Simpson contributed 36 assists while running the offense. Morrison, named the regional tournament's most valuable player, recorded a match-high 21 kills.
Wisconsin out-blocked Washington 13-11.5 as sophomore Taylor Reineke recorded nine blocks, including two solos. She has now tied the school record with her 181 block assists in a season.
Badgers upset Bulldogs
Freshman forward Tia Hanson scored a power-play goal in the second period, giving the No. 4 Wisconsin women's hockey team a 2-1 road win over No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth Saturday night in Duluth.
Freshmen forwards Erika Lawler and Angie Keseley assisted on Hanson's goal.
The Badgers moved up to 15-2-1 overall and 12-1-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while Duluth fell to 14-3-1 overall and 12-3-1 in the WCHA.
Junior defender Kristen Witting was called for interference approximately seven minutes into the first period. Thirty seconds later, Badger junior forward Sara Bauer netted a shorthanded goal with an assist from senior forward Sharon Cole.
Hanson's goal at 1:21 in the second made it 2-0 UW.
Minnesota-Duluth junior forward Juliane Jubinville scored an even-strength goal at 15:52 in the second pull the Bulldogs within one, but the Badgers held on for the win.
UMD out-shot the Badgers 27-25 and Badger senior goaltender Meghan Horras collected 26 saves to UMD junior netminder Riitta Schaublin's 23.
Wrestling wins in dramatic fashion
Kelly Flaherty's pin in the final match Saturday gave the No. 8 Wisconsin wrestling team a 19-16 victory in a road dual with No. 21 Northern Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Badgers led 13-10 after junior Tyler Turner earned a 10-2 major decision over sophomore Justin Swafford at 149 pounds.
UNI, though, won the next two matches to pull ahead 16-13. Senior Chris Bitetto won an 8-5 decision over UW sophomore Craig Henning at 157 and junior Nick Baima beat sophomore Jake Donar 3-0 at 165.
That set up Flaherty's heroics at 174.
The Badger senior dominated junior Curt Zinnel, taking a 7-0 lead after one period and pinning him for the dual win with 12 seconds left in the second period.
The match opened at 184, where redshirt freshman Justin Peterson made his dual debut with a 9-5 win over sophomore Dan Bunning.
UW also received points from redshirt freshman Dallas Herbst's 8-3 decision at 197 and senior Tom Clum's 8-2 decision at 133.