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Badgers cage Panthers to win HotelRED Invitational

MADISON, Wis. – The eighth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team went 2-0 at the HotelRED Invitational after defeating High Point Sunday night at the UW Field House. The Badgers dropped the first set but won the next three, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-17, to hand the Panthers their second loss of the day.
 
Wisconsin (4-0) hit an impressive .328 (53 kills – 9 errors – 134 attempts) while holding High Point (1-5) to a hitting percentage of .171 (58-31-158). Dana Rettke paced UW with a 16 kills while Molly Haggerty added another 10. The Panthers had three players with 10-or-more kills including Sun Prairie native Molly Livingston, who put away 12 kills.
 
The Badgers recorded a season-high 17 blocks led by middle blockers Dana Rettke and Tionna Williams with nine and eight stuffs, respectively. Redshirt freshman Danielle Hart earned her first career start, stopping a career-best six shots.
 
Sophomore setter Sydney Hilley notched her third double-double of the season with 45 assists and career-high 14 digs.  The setter added a career-high six blocks. Libero Tiffany Clark also tallied double-digit digs saving 16 balls.
 

 

Notes to know

  • The Badgers improve to 4-0 on the season, their third-straight year with an undefeated mark. Wisconsin was 9-0 to start 2017.
  • Wisconsin landed three players on the all-tournament team. Sophomore Sydney Hilley was named the MVP while Grace Loberg and Molly Haggerty joined her on the honor team. Also named was Micaya White and Brionne Butler from Texas, and Abby Bottomley and Molly Livingston from High Point.
  • Hilley recorded a career-high six blocks in the match while also tying her career best with 14 digs. The 6-0 setter put away five kills, one short of her career best. Hilley put up 45 assists in the match to record her 12th career double-double.
  • Wisconsin outblocked High Point 17-2. That total is a season team high and ranks second on the UW single-match record list under 25-point rally scoring.
  • The Badgers sold out their second straight match of the season at 7,052 fans in attendance, which ties for fifth on UW single-match attendance list. Wisconsin has sold out the Field House 14 straight times.

 

Straight from the court

“A lot of people around here might not know who High Point is. We knew it was going to be a tough match against a really tough team. It wasn’t a fluke on how they played Texas today and it wasn’t a fluke of how they were playing against us. It is a good team, really well coached, NCAA team a year ago. They came in here battling. I thought their libero was fantastic tonight. The toughness they had of just saying we will play anyone, anywhere, anytime.
 
“I was real happy that we got better as the match went on. We changed our lineup a little bit and Danielle (Hart) got her first career start. I thought as we were going we got more used to the patterns, communication and who was taking what, and we got a little bit stronger. We will take a good win against a really good team and move forward.”
 
-Head coach Kelly Sheffield
 
“I felt pretty comfortable going out. Obviously I had some jitters, but my goal was I knew, and still looking back, there’s a lot of things that I can get better at. Each and every point, I was thinking ‘I’ve got to get better, I’ve got to get better,’ and I felt like I got better throughout the match. Like Kelly said, the whole team did. And that was just our goal. So yeah, I definitely got more comfortable, but just the whole time working to get better.”
 
-Redshirt freshman Danielle Hart
 

Up next

The Badgers travel to Texas next weekend to face a pair of non-conference foes. On Friday, UW will play at No. 12 Baylor in Waco, Texas, at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, the Badgers play at North Texas at 1 p.m. in Denton, Texas.
 



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