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The Sett, Week 10: Maryland, at Indiana

The Badgers just keep rolling through the Big Ten.

W (3-0) at Michigan State

Once again Dana Rettke was wearing a boot, so Nicole Shanahan started her second consecutive game. But the big story was the continued development of Izzy Ashburn’s serve - she had four aces to one error in a three set match. She currently leads the Big 10 in aces per set, one spot above Rettke.

Overall, No. 4 Wisconsin was able to outproduce Michigan State at kills, hitting errors, aces, service errors and digs, leading to a tidy 25-19, 25-16, 25-21 line.

W (3-1) at Michigan

Michigan jumped out to a 16-11 lead midway through the first, and the Badgers Rettke served an ace to send the first set to extra scoring after staving off three set points, but two Badger collided on a free ball right after and Michigan took the first set 26-24. The Wolverines wouldn’t get more than 16 points in any set the rest of the match.

For the next three sets, the Badgers went off on big runs and limited Michigan servers to one-and-done opportunities. The highlight was the fourth set, where Rettke took it from 13-14 to 22-14. Everything was clicking for Wisconsin - blocks were on point, the service game was amazing. Even though Wisconsin was out-killed 56-51, the Wolverines had 20 more hitting errors resulting in doubling up their attack percentage.

Elsewhere Around The Conference

Two massive upsets to report on! No 16. Purdue took down No. 8 Nebraska in five sets in West Lafayette. Also:

No 19. Illinois had three match points fought off by No. 7 Penn State on Wednesday in the fourth set, which would have been a welcome upset had they been able to seal the deal.

Conference player of the week honors went to Purdue’s Grace Cleveland (overall), Penn State’s Gabby Blosson (setter), Minnesota’s Regina Pittman (defensive) and Michigan State’s Biamba Kabengele (freshman).

Oct 30th - vs Maryland

At 4-6 in conference, the best game Maryland had so far was taking Penn State to five sets in University Park. They’re middle of the conference in most stats, aside from last in kills and assists. Katie Meyers is second in the B1G with 1.38 blocks a set.

Nov 3rd - at Indiana

When I previewed the Hoosiers coming to the Field House in the first weekend of conference play, I noticed they filled up on sweets to get to a 11-2 record. They’re now 12-11. They’re best stat is holding opponent hitting percentages to .185, fifth in the conference (with two other teams at .186).

How To Watch

Wednesday’s game against Maryland is on BTN at 7 p.m. CT, but Sunday’s Indiana noon CT matchup is either BTN+ or the radio call.