MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin rallied numerous times to snap its three-match losing streak, upsetting No. 6 Penn State in front of 4,391 fans at the UW Field House on Sunday afternoon.
The Badgers beat the reigning NCAA champion Nittany Lions 26-24, 25-19, 32-34, 14-25, 15-12 to win their first five-set match of the season. Sixth-ranked PSU is also the highest-ranked opponent that Wisconsin (14-12, 6-8 Big Ten) has beat since upsetting then-No. 2 Penn State on Oct. 27, 2006, in the Field House.
The Nittany Lions outnumbered the Badgers in kills (77-59) and also kept Wisconsin to a .173 hitting percentage (59 kills-28 errors–179 attempts) while Penn State hit .212 (77-34-203) for the match.
Freshman Ellen Chapman led the Badgers with a career-high 18 kills and 14 digs for her third double-double of the season. Junior Bailey Reshel chipped in a season-high 14 kills, while classmate Alexis Mitchell put away 10.
Ariel Scott led all players with 23 kills for Penn State (18-6, 11-3).
Despite Penn State also outblocking the Badgers (15-14), Mitchell led all players individually with seven blocks, including two solo stuffs.
No. 1 UCLA 3, Washington State 0
LOS ANGELES — Freshman Priscilla Duke-Ezeji set career highs with 14 kills and a .478 hitting percentage with only three errors in 23 attacks, as the top-ranked Bruins swept Washington State 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 on Sunday at the John Wooden Center. Junior Rachael Kidder was also in double figures with 13 kills to go with eight digs.
The Bruins improved to 22-3 overall and 15-2 in Pac-12 play, staying tied with USC for the top spot in the league standings. The Cougars fell to 12-14 and 4-12 in Pac-12 action.
Senior Sara Sage had eight kills and only one error in 14 attacks (.500) to go with four blocks, while sophomore Kelly Reeves was just shy of a double-double with eight kills and nine digs, adding four blocks. Senior Lainey Gera recorded 12 digs and junior Bojana Todorovic posted seven.
Senior Lauren Van Orden tallied 44 assists, while sophomore Mariana Aquino had five kills and no errors in 10 swings (.500) with three blocks while the Bruins hit .381 as a team.
Information and photos compiled from university athletic department websites.