DENTON, Texas – A school record 12 aces helped the second-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team terminate North Texas on the road Sunday afternoon. The Badgers swept the Mean Green 25-20, 25-13, 25-20.
Wisconsin (5-1) was propelled to victory by a season-high 12 service aces, out serving North Texas (3-7), 12-4. Sophomore Molly Haggerty led the way with a career-high five aces, followed by sophomore Dana Rettke and junior Madison Duello with two aces apiece. Haggerty’s total ties for second on the UW single-match record list under 25-point rally scoring.
Offensively, the Badgers hit .330 (41 kills – 10 errors – 94 attempts) thanks to double-digit kills from Grace Loberg (11) and Duello (10). UNT was held to a .135 (33-21-89) hitting percentage.
UW recorded six blocks in the win, with Rettke playing a part in all six blocks to lead all players. The Badgers held the advantage at the net, 6-3.
Libero Tiffany Clark was the only player to reach 10 digs today as the Mean Green narrowly out dug the Badgers, 30-27.
— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) September 9, 2018
Notes to know
- The Badgers recorded a school-record 12 service aces in the match, including redshirt Molly Haggerty tallying a career-best five aces.
- Junior Tiffany Clark has recorded at least one service ace in five straight matches.
- Wisconsin outblocked their fifth opponent of the season.
- Junior Madison Duello (10) and sophomore Grace Loberg (11) recorded double-figure digs for the second straight match.
- UW hit its second-highest percentage of the season .330.
Straight from the court
“I thought we did a really good job of serving into space, especially Molly. Five aces and no errors, that’s pretty good.
“I thought we finished the first two sets really well. We didn’t finish the third set quite as well but I think we came on and finished the way that we wanted to. That was an emphasis of today, trying to finish sets the right way. (Molly) certainly did that.
“That first set, we didn’t play a lot of defense. There wasn’t a whole lot of defense on our side of the net. You don’t really like giving up .433 to a team at any point. We had a little chat about that and I thought our defensive intensity got better in the second half of the first set on.”
-Head coach Kelly Sheffield
The Badgers wrap up the non-conference season on the road next weekend but play much closer to home. Wisconsin travels to Milwaukee for the Marquette Invitational on Friday-Saturday. UW faces No. 25 Marquette on Friday at 7 p.m. before concluding the non-conference season on Saturday with an 11 a.m. match against Illinois State.