"It was a good match for us to start the tournament but it was a tough situation for Columbia," said UW Coach Pete Waite. "We were able to get some different people on the floor and get some more experience."
The Lions, who opened the 2006 season against the Badgers, are competing under acting head coach Brie Katz after the previous head coach resigned on Aug. 22. Columbia was also missing several athletes due to injury.
Wisconsin dominated the match, pounding down 41 kills while Columbia managed just 10 team kills. Sophomore Caity DuPont led all players with a career-high 10 kills while junior Audra Jeffers added eight kills and freshman Allison Wack added seven kills. Seven Badgers put down at least one kill, including defensive specialist Amanda Berkley, who had the game-winning kill in game two. Redshirt freshman run the UW offense, putting up 27 assists. Klingsporn also added a career-high five kills and two service aces.
The Badgers hit .341 for the match while holding the Lions to a negative .165. Wisconsin kept Columbia out of its offense with its strong performance at the service line, scoring on 11 service aces. Wack totaled a career-high three aces, while Berkley tied her career best of three aces. Jocelyn Wack also had three service aces and led all players with 13 digs.
The UW outblocked CU nine to two. DuPont tallied a career-high five blocks, including two solos, while Jeffers added four stuffs.
The Badgers tied a record for the fewest points given up in a game with nine in game one. Wisconsin hit .550 (12-1-20) for the period while the Lions hit a negative .261. With Allison Wack at the service line, the UW broke open the game, scoring seven straight points to take a 13-4 lead. Wack had a career-high three service aces during that stretch while DuPont had two of her game-high five kills.
Wisconsin broke open the second game with its block, recording five in the period and dropping Columbia's team hitting percentage to a negative .304. The Badgers upped their lead from 16-8 to 19-8 behind the front-row play of Morgan Salow, who had a block and a kill. Defensive specialist Amanda Berkley tallied two service aces during a 5-0 stretch, putting the UW up 25-9, and scored the game-winning kill.
The Badgers took a 6-0 lead in game three, behind two service aces from Klingsporn and never looked back. Salow and Jeffers each put down four kills in the period to lead the UW offense.
Wisconsin continues play in the tournament on Saturday with matches against Tulane and host Loyola Marymount.