Volleyball vs. Michigan

Volleyball vs. Michigan

Diane Nordstrom (Associate Athletic Communications Director)

Welcome to the Wisconsin Field House where the Badger volleyball team takes on eighth-ranked Michigan in Big Ten Conference play. Follow along as Diane Nordstrom of the Wisconsin Athletic Communications office as she chronicles all of the action at tonight's match. The Blog is interactive so make sure you send in your comments and questions.

You can follow the match by listening to the radio broadcast in the Madison area on The Mic 92.1 (WXXM) with Jon Arias. The match will be Web streamed for a fee here. Live stats, via Gametracker, can be found here.

The Blog will begin at 6:45 p.m.

olleyball vs. Michigan(10/10/2009) 

6:45
It should be a great night in the Field House tonight as the Badgers are coming off an upset sweep over No. 18 Michigan State last night. UW played one its best matches of the season in the 25-16, 27-25, 29-27 win over the Spartans.

6:46
Michigan is also coming off a win, edging Iowa in Iowa City last night. The Wolverines won 25-27, 25-19, 20-25, 25-13, 15-11 to improve to 16-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten.

6:47
Michigan is in sole possession of third place in the Big Ten standings at 4-1 while Wisconsin is tied for sixth at 2-3. Penn State and Minnesota are the only two undefeated teams in conference play at 5-0 and they will meet tomorrow in Minneapolis. Be sure to watch the match tomorrow on the Big Ten Network at 1 p.m.

6:51
Senior Brittney Dolgner had a great match last night against Michigan State, leading all players with 15 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore Elle Ohlander added 10 kills for Wisconsin.

6:55
Senior Veronica Rood had 19 kills in Michigan's win at Iowa last night. Sophomore Courtney Fletcher added 10 kills for the Wolverines. The match with Iowa as a defensive battle on both sides of the net as both teams had four players in double-figure digs. Michigan also outblocked Iowa 14-13.

6:56
So what's new with the Badgers tonight? Freshman Alexis Mitchell is sporting a new hairstyle. She got rid of her braids and is sporting a shoulder-length bob. Maybe it will make her jump higher!

7:01
Time for the National Anthem - sung tonight by the MadHatters.

7:04
Starters for Michigan - Zimmerman, Rood, Paz, Fletcher, Bower, Hunt and Donhoff.

7:04
Starters for Wisconsin - Toon, Mitchell, Gabrielsen, Dolgner, Ohlander, DuPont and Kuzma.

7:06
Michigan won the toss and Donhoff, the libero, will serve.

7:08
Badgers look a little tentative to start - a couple of hitting errors early. Michigan leads 3-1.

7:09
DuPont gets the kill to end a 4-0 run by Michigan. Wolverines up 4-2. Make that 4-3 after Toon gets an ace!

7:10
Wolverines have two blocks already to lead 6-3. Wack checks in for DuPont in the front row.

7:11
Big block from Elle to tie the set at 6-6.

7:13
Alexis was just long on that attack as Michigan goes up 9-7.

7:14
Smart play from Brittney to take that second ball and get a kill! Tied at 9-9 in the first set.

7:15
Nice save on the pass from Nellie and a BIG kill from Alexis. Michigan hitting error to give UW a 11-10 lead.

7:16
Wisconsin is on a 3-0 run to got up 13-10.

7:18
Not sure who hit that last point but Wisconsin takes a 15-11 lead in the first set and Michigan calls its first timeout!

7:20
Michigan is on a 3-0 run to pull within one (15-14).

7:20
Big block from Ohlander and Toon to end the run. Wisconsin leads 16-14 in the first.

7:22
Michigan has scored the last two points to pull within one - 18-17.

7:23
Wisconsin calls a timeout after Michigan ties the score at 18 in the first set.

7:24
A Dolgner kill puts UW up 19-18.

7:24
Another big block from Nellie to put Wisconsin up 20-18.

7:26
Another Dolgner kill puts Badgers up 22-20.

7:27
Big net from Michigan! Badgers lead 23-21 in the first set.

7:28
Michigan ties the set at 23-23.

7:28
Nearly a six-pack from Wack! Toon serves for set point!

7:29
Michigan ties it at 24.

7:29
Badgers call a timeout - their second.

7:30
Michigan is a great defensive team. The Wolverines have 20 digs this set, compared to 15 for the Badgers.

7:31
Michigan serves for set point at 25-24.

7:31
Service error by Wolverines ties the score at 25!

7:32
Second set point for Michigan.

7:32
Another service error ties the score for the 10th time at 26.

7:33
Wolverine block for third set point for Michigan.

7:33
A Megan Bower kill ends the first set with a Michigan win at 28-26.

7:35
Stats after the first set:
Wisocnsin 13 kills, 8 errors, 47 attempts (.106) - Dolgner 5 kills
Michigan 19 kills, 8 errors, 46 attempts (.239) - Hunt 6 kills

7:36
Badgers had two service aces (both from Kirby Toon) and only one service error. Michigan had no aces and two errors.

7:36
Michigan outdug Wisconsin 23-17. Wisconsin was led by Dolgner and Kuzma with four apiece. Badgers had four blocks and Michigan five blocks.

7:37
Time for the second set.

7:41
Michigan has jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second set - thanks to its offense.

7:42
Badgers call their first timeout with Michigan up 6-2 in the second set. The Wolverines on the first set 28-26.

7:43
The Badgers get their first kill of the second set to make it Michigan 6, Wisconsin 3.

7:44
UW wins a nice long volley to pull within one 6-5 in the second.

7:45
Badger block ties the second set at 7-7.

7:46
Elle wasn't fooled by that! Another UW block to put Wisconsin up 9-7.

7:50
Wisconsin is on a 4-0 to go up 14-10 in the second set. Wolverines won the first set 28-26.

7:51
It wasn't pretty but Mitchell gets the kill to put Badgers up 15-11 in the second set.

7:54
Michigan has two straight kills to pull within one (16-15) in the second set.

7:55
2-0 run for UW to go up 19-15 in the second set. Michigan won the first set 28-26.
Michigan takes its second timeout.

7:57
Nellie takes the second ball and tips it over for a kill! UW leads 20-16 in the second. Kuzma serving.

7:59
Great play by both teams on that rally but Michigan wins. Wisconsin leads 21-18 in the second set.

7:59
Michigan gets its first ace of the match to pull within one (21-20) in the second set.

8:00
Still a one-point game with Badgers leading 22-21.

8:01
High off the hands of the Michigan blockers - a kill for Wack! Wisconsin up 23-21 in the second set.

8:01
Big block from Toon and Mitchell! Set point Wisconsin.

8:02
Wolverines score but still set point!

8:03
Another Wolverine kill - third set point!

8:03
Badgers call a timeout, leading 24-23.

8:04
Wolverines serving for fourth set point for Badgers.

8:05
A Wack kill gives Wisconsin a 25-23 win in the second set! The match is tied at a set apiece after Michigan won the first set 28-26.

8:07
Stats after two sets:
Wisconsin 27 kills, 11 errors, 94 attempts (.170) - Wack 8 kills, Dolgner 7 kills
Michigan 37 kills, 15 errors, 93 attempts (.237) - Hunt 10 kills, Paz and Rood, 7 kills

8:08
Assists - Wisconsin 26 (Gabrielsen 21); Michigan 36 (Zimmerman 30)
Digs - Wisconsin 38 (Dolgner 13); Michigan 49 (Donhoff 14, Bower 10, Zimmerman 10)
Blocks - Wisconsin 7 (Ohlander 5, Gabrielsen 4); Michigan 5 (Zimmerman 4)

8:17
Time for the start of the third set. Wisconsin sends out Dolgner, Ohlander, Kuzma, Wack, Gabrielsen, Toon and Mitchell

8:18
Michigan gets its second service ace of the match to go up 2-1 in the third set.

8:19
Kind of replay of the second set with the slow UW start. Several hitting errors are hurting the Badgers. Michigan leads 4-1.

8:20
Wisconsin needs to use its middle and right side more. Ohlander gets a kill. Michigan 4, UW 3.

8:20
Ohlander swipes the overpass. Tied at 4-4.

8:22
Big swing from Dolgner - Wisconsin leads 6-5 in the third set.

8:23
Bad set was hit long. Wolverines up 7-6 in the third after teams split the first two sets.

8:23
Nice back row from Wack! Badgers back up 8-6.

8:24
Bad pass - good set from Brittney leads to big kill from Allison out of the back row. UW up 9-8. Make that 9-9 on a kill from Hunt.

8:25
Dolgner in double figures for the second straight night. Wisconsin up 10-9.

8:26
Wisconsin leads by two (12-10) off a block from Elle and Allison

8:27
Badgers take advantage of the free ball and get another kill from Wack. She has 12 for the match to share match-high honors. Wisconsin leads 14-11 in the third set after Michigan won the first and Badgers won the second. Michigan calls its first timeout of the set.

8:31
Dolgner is taking some big swings tonight. She has 11 kills to put UW up 18-13 in the third set.

8:32
Wisconsin leads 19-13 in the third set and Michigan calls its second timeout. The Badgers are hitting at .556 (12-2-18) for this set.

8:33
Wisconsin was on a 10-3 run to go up 20-13. Kuzma service ace and Wolverine kill makes it 20-15 Wisconsin.

8:35
Brittney is on fire! Another kill to put UW up 22-16 in the third.

8:35
Wiedmeyer in to serve with Badgers leading 23-17 in the third.

8:36
Nellie sets the second ball over. Set point!

8:37
UW wins the third set 25-18 to take a 2-1 lead in the match!

8:39
Stats after three sets:
Wisconsin - 43 kills, 14 errors, 120 attempts (.242); Dolgner - 14 kills; Wack 11 kills
Michigan - 49 kills, 22 errors, 119 attempts (.227); Hunt - 13 kills; Rood - 12 kills

8:40
Time for the start of the third set. Wisconsin starts Mitchell, Toon, Dolgner, Kuzma, Gabrielsen, Ohlander and Wack.

8:42
Wisconsin leads 3-2 in the fourth set.

8:44
Block solo from Alexis! Fourth set is tied at 4-4.

8:45
Service error from Wolverines ties the fourth set at 5-5.

8:47
Two Michigan blocks in a row tie the fourth set at 8-8.

8:49
Allison out of the back row again! Badgers lead 10-9 in the fourth set and are up 2-1 in the match.

8:51
Wack with another kill to tie the fourth set at 12-12.

8:52
Wack with a block solo puts Wisconsin up 14-12 in the fourth.

8:54
Two Wolverine kills tie the score at 15-15 in the fourth set.

8:54
The crowd is really getting it - chanting "Let's go Red!"

8:56
Nellie gets a block solo to tally a career high 7 stuffs. She puts the Badgers up 18-16 in the fourth set. Michigan calls a timeout as Wisconsin leads the match 2 sets to 1.

8:57
Ohlander is also in double figures as her tip puts Wisconsin up 19-17 in the fourth.

8:59
Mitchell kill in the middle puts Badgers up 21-19 in the fourth.

9:00
Ace from Brittney! Wisconsin up 22-19 in the fourth and leading 2-1 in the match.
Michigan calls its second timeout of the set.

9:02
Dolgner's serve is just long and Badgers get a break on a blocking error from Michigan. Wisconsin leads 23-20.

9:02
Michigan kill - 23-21 Wisconsin in the fourth.

9:02
Wack kill - match point!

9:04
Another Wack kill! Wisconsin Wins 25-21. The Badgers upset two ranked teams in a row! Go Big Red.

9:04
 

 



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