Sunday, 3 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Badgers claw past Terapins | Wisconsin Badgers

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A balanced offensive attack led the Badgers to a season sweep of Maryland, winning 25-10, 25-21, 25-9, in Maryland on Friday night.

A new lineup for the Badgers (23-1, 14-1) hit the court, with Anna Smrek out, as Temi Thomas-Ailara moved to right side. Julia Orzol returned to outside and Gulce Guctekin commanded the back court at libero. 

Sarah Franklin led the team with 10 kills, Devyn Robinson and Carter Booth were not far behind with nine kills apiece. As a team, UW hit a season-high .500 (41 kills – 1 error – 80 attempts). 

Maryland (15-12, 5-10) hit just .037 (27 – 23 – 107) as Sam Crise had a match-high 15 kills. 

Izzy Ashburn finished with a team-high nine digs and added 23 assists. MJ Hammill added 12 helpers.

The Badgers continued their roofing campaign, as they tallied 13 blocks, compared to Maryland’s single block. CC Crawford tallied seven total blocks, as Robinson and Booth had six and five, respectively. 

UW added five service aces to their impressive win, with five different players tallying an ace. 

Pure dominance from UW led to a 25-10 win in the first set. The Badgers sided out on the first point, and then Orzol rattled off nine straight serves, to give Wisconsin 10-1 lead. Once again, the Badgers sided out immediately, teeing up another run, giving them a 16-1 lead. From there, the Badgers closed out the set. 

Maryland brought more intensity in the second set as they kept it…

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