Dominique Thompson helped the Badger front line out-block the best blockers in the Big Ten.
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Junior libero Taylor Morey leads the Big Ten in digs per set with 5.36 and has been a big part of Wisconsin’s 15-2 start to 2014.
The No. 5 Badgers (6-1 Big Ten, 15-2 overall) defeated the No. 23 Golden Gophers (3-4, 13-5) Wednesday in three competitive sets of 25-16, 25-19 and 30-28, in the first of two matches this week between the border rivals.
Defensive adjustments from Ellen Chapman (right) and the rest of the Badgers’ front line will be key in their back-to-back matches against a Gophers team that likes to switch formations.
Kelli Bates (left) continued her exceptional freshman season, racking up 18 kills between the Rutgers and Maryland matches.
Dominique Thompson (14) was the star of the Illinois match.
The No. 6 Badgers (3-1 Big Ten, 12-2 overall) will look to extend their three-game winning streak this weekend as they take on Big Ten newcomers Rutgers, Friday, and Maryland, Sunday.
Freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates has jumped out to a fantastic debut year, ranking third on the team in kills per set.
No. 6 Wisconsin (2-1 Big Ten, 11-2 overall) continued Big Ten play Wednesday night, defeating Northwestern (2-1, 12-2) in three sets at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.
After a brutal stretch of three straight Top 10 matchups, UW takes on unproven Northwestern.
Five kills in the second set from Dominique Thompson gave UW a Big Ten sweep of its own.
Despite leading the Badgers with 13 kills, senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman could not lead Wisconsin to a win over Penn State Wednesday in a rematch of last year’s national title game.
No. 3 Penn State (1-0 Big Ten, 13-1 overall) swept No. 5 Wisconsin (0-1, 9-2) in three sets by mirroring the last match they played for the national championship.
The emergence of Lauren Carlini was a key factor on the road that brought UW to their previous match against Penn State.
Fresh off its 68-17 rout against Bowling Green, Wisconsin (2-1) will host South Florida (2-2) this Saturday in its nonconference finale.
Senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman and the Badgers went into two top ten matches in Seattle and came away with one win.
The No. 4 Badgers (8-0) will play their final nonconference matches this weekend in the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase hosted in Seattle. Wisconsin plays No. 10 USC (6-2) Thursday night and No. 5 Washington (9-0) Friday night.
The No. 4 Wisconsin volleyball team (8-0) continued the impressive start to their season by staying undefeated and winning the HotelRed Invitational at the UW Field House.
It was a strong weekend for the Badgers, taking down three opponents while dropping only one set. The season’s big test should come next weekend in Seattle.