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Wisconsin Athletics | October 12, 2017

Wisconsin snaps three-game losing streak in upset over Nebraska

Wisconsin's upset over No. 4 Nebraska split the series with the two teams 1-1 for the season.

MADISON, Wis. – The 11th-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team gave the UW Field House a lot to cheer about Wednesday night, defeating No. 4 Nebraska 25-16, 25-15, 17-25, 25-23. 

Sophomore Madison Duello was the hero of the night, leading the team with 13 kills including the match-clinching bomb. Three other Badgers added double-digit kills as Dana Rettke (12), Lauryn Gillis (11) and Tionna Williams (10) added to the UW attack.

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Setter Sydney Hilley guided the Wisconsin (12-4 overall, 3-4 Big Ten) offense to a .296 (51 kills – 14 errors – 125 attempts) hitting percentage. The freshman earned her fourth-straight double-double with 40 assists and 13 digs. Nebraska (13-4, 6-1) hit .163 (46-24-135).

Sophomore Tiffany Clark had a match-high 16 digs to pace the UW defense. Wisconsin topped Nebraska in the backcourt, earning 58 digs to their 52.

The Badgers also earned the advantage at the net, out blocking the Huskers 13-8. Rettke led the charge with a match-high eight blocks and Duello added five.

Junior Tiffany Clark led all players with 16 digs, marking her sixth straight match with 10-plus saves.

Freshman Sydney Hilley earned her fourth straight double-double and her fifth of the season with 40 assists and 13 digs. The 6-0 setter picked up her first career block solo.

Freshman Dana Rettke finished with a match-high eight blocks, just one off her career high of nine blocks.

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Wisconsin outblocked Nebraska 13-8, marking the 13th match this season it has outblocked its opponent and the 11th match with 10-or-more stops.

The win snapped a three-match losing streak for the Badgers. It was also the first win over the Huskers since the 2014 season.

The victory over No. 4 Nebraska was the highest-ranked opponent that Wisconsin has defeated since downing No. 2 Texas on Sept. 18, 2016. It is also the third ranked foe UW had downed this season.

The Badgers won the match with balanced offense and defense. Wissconsin had four players record 10-or-more kills - Duello (13), Rettke (12), Gillis (11), and Williams (10). Three players also had double-figure digs - Clark (16), Hilley (13), and Bates (11).

It was over when Wisconsin was up two sets to one going into the fourth frame. After trading points for the majority of the set, the Badgers found themselves down by two (20-18) late in the game. Dana Rettke's attack was called out but a UW challenge determined there was a Husker touch on the play. A Badger block by Rettke and Lauryn Gillis evened the score at 20 and forced a Nebraska timeout. 

UW went on a 3-0 run behind two kills from Madison Duello and a kill from Rettke to take a 23-21 lead. Nebraska countered with two kills from Jazz Sweet to tie the score at 23-23, the 14th tie of the set. After a UW timeout, Rettke and Duello hit back-to-back kills giving the Badgers a much-needed win over No. 4 Nebraska.

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