W (3-0) vs Maryland
Let’s start with the jaw-dropping – Dana Rettke went off for 17 – 0 – 29 = .654, which are her top marks in conference play this season for kills and hitting percentage. Wisconsin needed something to lean on at times in this match, because they did themselves no favors for stretches. Maryland cut a 20-11 first set lead to 21-18 with the aid of a Badger service error, bad set and two service aces. In the third set, Maryland was able to stay close early because of three Badger service errors. It was a sloppy game from Wisconsin, with the stellar attacking line doing the heavy lifting to make sure a sweep was the result against an overmatched Terrapins team.
A heck of a point for the #Badgers courtesy of @laurenbarnes_2 and @sydhil_— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) October 31, 2019
It's a battle in set ✌️ pic.twitter.com/LIpOEVr9KR
W (3-0) at Indiana
Wisconsin clobbered the Hoosiers in almost every facet on the scoreboard – more kills, more digs, more aces and more blocks. Indiana had a horrendous 19 attack errors on the day to boot. The Hoosiers had a few runs in them to make Wisconsin work in the first set, but it was after a few Badger runs to put the set at 15-5. Just a nice, complete team effort from Bucky in this one.
Hitting .417 as a team? Probably thanks to smart plays like this one from @gv11loberg ♂️#OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/7bTFbecc2Z— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) November 3, 2019
Elsewhere Around The Conference
Rutgers won again. It was a road sweep at Iowa. They’re now above Indiana and Northwestern in the conference standings. I don’t quite know how to deal with this information.
No. 7 Nebraska beat No. 8 Penn State in five sets, putting them at a 10-2 tie. No. 6 Minnesota still remains at 11-1, as No. 4 Wisconsin’s 12-0 record still leads the conference.
If you’re a Badger and you know it, you probably took home a weekly honor. Dana Rettke was Player of the Week, Tiffany Clark was co-Defensive Player of the Week with Nebraska’s Kenzie Knuckles (what a name!) and Sydney Hilley took Setter of the Week. Ohio State’s Jenaisya Moore rounded out the honors with Freshman of the Week.
Look like she's at it again...your Big Ten Player of the Week, @dana_rettke!— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) November 4, 2019
⭐️17 kills against Maryland, with no hitting errors
⭐️Match-high five blocks against Indiana pic.twitter.com/QgYopdZ9eQ
Fri, Nov 8th @ Ohio State
The Buckeyes are currently 12-12, 5-7 in conference with a pair of ‘almost had ‘em!’ five set losses against Purdue and Minnesota in Minneapolis. They’re more of a defensive team, holding opponents to .202 on the season, helped by 15.54 digs a set, second in the conference. Kylie Murr is responsible for a third of them, putting her atop the individual conference standings.
Saturday, Nov 9th @ Maryland
Since I previewed them a week ago, Maryland got swept by Wisconsin and Ohio State. They probably won’t find any footing when they play the Gophers before the Badgers. This match should be about Wisconsin cleaning up the sloppy play from the match on Oct 30th, because after this the rest of the top-ten ranked Big 10 foes are on the docket. Make sure the shaky play was a quirky Halloween one-time thing, and just slowly suffocate the Terrapins in three sets.
How To Watch
Not only are both games only on BTN+, but Friday’s 6 p.m. match will overlap with the men’s basketball home opener, and Saturday’s 5 p.m. will be at the tail end of the Iowa football game.
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5️⃣0️⃣— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) November 3, 2019
Jordan Thompson absolutely on her senior day, blasting the most kills of any player in 20 years and the 7th most all time in NCAA DI Volleyball history!#NCAAVB | @GoBearcatsVB pic.twitter.com/LiYRe8HCJs
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