WACO, Texas – The second-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team dropped its first match of the season Friday night to No. 15 Baylor, 3-1. The Bears protected their home court, coming out on top 18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.
Wisconsin (4-1) held the slight advantage in hitting percentage, finishing at .294 (59 kills – 17 errors – 143 attempts) to Baylor’s .293 (66-20-157). The Bears (5-2) were led by sophomore Yossiana Pressley, who put away at match-high 32 kills.
UW sophomore Dana Rettke led the Badgers with 19 kills and nine blocks while adding two digs. She also hit a team-high .571 (19-3-28). Junior Madison Duello added 13 kills, five blocks and three digs while hitting .565 (13-0-23).
Two Badgers notched double-doubles as sophomore setter Sydney Hilley had 50 assists and 11 digs and sophomore Grace Loberg had 12 kills and 11 digs.
Wisconsin’s defense hung tough, out blocking Baylor, 10-4.5, and earning a slim advantage in the backcourt, collecting 61 digs to Baylor’s 60. Libero Tiffany Clark led all players with 19 digs.
That was v pretty 😍 pic.twitter.com/k7ESkLwKMG
— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) September 7, 2018
Notes to know
- Sophomore Grace Loberg led all players with a career-high three service aces.
- Junior M.E. Dodge had nine saves in the match to go over 500 career digs.
- The Bears hit an opponent season high .293 against the Badgers.
- Wisconsin outblocked its fourth opponent of the season.
Straight from the court
“I haven’t seen too many players like her (Yossiana Pressley). We got a few blocks on her but there were so many times where she was going up and over even (Madison) Duello and Dana (Rettke). She just hit some ridiculous balls there.
“I thought it was two even teams. Statistically it was pretty close, but I thought they finished a little bit better. I thought their pins were playing with an incredible amount of strength and I thought that ours weren’t always doing that. Hopefully it’s a learning lesson.”
-Head coach Kelly Sheffield
The Badgers have the day off tomorrow before returning to the court on Sunday to take on North Texas in Denton, Texas at 1 p.m.