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Wisconsin volleyball sweeps Marquette in first round of NCAA tournament

The Badgers face the Iowa State-Princeton winner on Saturday.

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Wisconsin women’s volleyball swept its first-round NCAA tournament match 3–0 against Marquette University on Friday in Ames, Iowa.

The Badgers, shaking off the disappointment of not being selected as one of the tournament’s top 16 seeds, struggled in the first set, hitting .244 en route to a 27–25 win, before rolling the Golden Eagles 25–21 and 25–11 in the final two frames.

Wisconsin finished the match hitting .337, including .583 in the third. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Dana Rettke finished the match with 11 kills, as did senior Kelli Bates and fellow freshman Grace Loberg, who established a new career high. All-Big Ten freshman setter Sydney Hilley hit .800 and doled out 42 assists.

Marquette managed to hit just .184 for the match, including .148 in the final set.

Wisconsin will play the winner of the match between host Iowa State and Princeton on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The match can be heard at 100.9 FM and on the iHeart Radio app.