Wisconsin Volleyball beats Marquette in NCAA tournament

Badgers sweep Golden Eagles in 1st round
Wisconsin Volleyball beats Marquette in NCAA tournament

The 11th-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team opened up the 2017 NCAA tournament with a first-round sweep of in-state rival Marquette. The Badgers downed the Golden Eagles 27-25, 25-21, 25-11 at Hilton Coliseum Friday evening.

The Badgers staged a balanced offensive attack with Kelli Bates, Dana Rettke, and Grace Loberg earning 11 kills apiece. Bates also added 10 digs to earn her ninth double-double of the season.

As a team, Wisconsin (21-9) hit .337 (49 kills – 14 errors – 104 attempts). Marquette (22-10) earned a .184 (34-15-103) hitting percentage.

Libero Tiffany Clark was phenomenal in the backcourt, notching a match-high 19 digs. Wisconsin had 49 saves to Marquette’s 33.

At the net, Rettke had three stuffs to help the Badgers out block MU, 4-2.

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