The top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers women’s volleyball team is heading to the Final Four for the second straight season. On Monday night, the Badgers defeated the No. 8 seed Florida Gators in a thrilling five-set match (30-28, 18-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-12) to punch their ticket back to the national semifinals.
Can't beat that feeling! #NCAAVB x @BadgerVB pic.twitter.com/S5w3YpNF6d— NCAA Women's Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) April 20, 2021
Here are some match notes, stats and fun facts as the Badgers continue their march to try and win the program’s first national title.
- Wisconsin hit a season-low .153 (59 kills – 30 errors – 189 attempts) against the Gators that hit .170 (63-31-188).
- The Badgers were outblocked 12-9, marking just the second time this season that this has happened.
- UW had a season-high 87 digs.
- This was Wisconsin’s first five-set match of the whole season and they nearly doubled their lost sets on the year as well, going from three to five.
Before we share Top Plays...@laurenbarnes_2 requested we give @haggerty_molly extra air time with this one-handed block. pic.twitter.com/2fxhLT1xGX— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) April 20, 2021
- Redshirt senior Molly Haggerty led Wisconsin with 17 kills while Dana Rettke (16) and Grace Loberg (10) also put away double figures.
- Freshman Devyn Robinson recorded a career-high six blocks to lead UW.
- Lauren Barnes had a match-high 28 digs, which tied her career-high as well. Sydney Hilley and Giorgia Civita both chipped in 17 digs.
- Hilley also recorded 49 assists, giving her a double-double.
- Barnes and Civita each had two service aces.
A look inside the broadcast as @BadgerVB advances to #NCAA National Semifinals. @JonAriasRadio on the call, remotely!— Justin Helm (@JustinKHelm) April 20, 2021
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- There were 31 ties and 17 lead changes in the heart-pounding match.
- Wisconsin will make its fourth overall appearance in the NCAA National Semifinals. The Badgers also advanced in 2000, 2013 and 2019.
- The Badgers will take on the No. 4 seed Texas Longhorns on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. CT live on ESPN.