Hoosiers Fall 3-1 to No. 15 Wisconsin
Nov. 1, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana volleyball team jumped to a 1-0 lead to open this evening’s match with the No. 15-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, but the Hoosiers would fall in the next three sets to drop to 9-13 on the season and 1-10 in Big Ten conference play (25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 19-25). The Badgers improve to 18-5 (7-4).
Indiana hit .197 in the contest, while Wisconsin posted a .284 clip. The Hoosiers had solid performances from Jordan Haverly and Amelia Anderson. Haverly strung together her second consecutive double-digit kill performance after terminating 17 on 37 swings for an impressive .351 mark. She averaged 4.25 kills per set and went through the first two frames without committing a single attack error. Anderson found the floor 11 times and added two blocks. Awele Nwaeze tallied six blocks for the Hoosiers, while Caitlin Hansen and Courtney Harnish had 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Megan Tallman had 41 assists and added four kills on eight attempts (.375) with five digs.
Haverly highlighted the Hoosiers’ .441 hitting percentage in Indiana’s 25-23 win in the opening set. The redshirt senior hit at a staggering .889 clip with eight kills on nine errorless swings. Anderson chipped in with five kills on nine attempts (.556), while Tallman handed out 13 assists. Indiana jumped to a three-point lead at 8-5 in the early going, but an eventual 5-0 run by the Badgers would give the visitors a slight 13-10 advantage midway through the opening frame. The score would land deadlocked at 17-all, and back-and-forth it would go with both teams tied again at 20 and 21 before a kill by George clinched set one for the Hoosiers at 25-23.
Indiana would go up by as many as five in set two, with a 13-7 and 17-12. Three consecutive errors by the Badgers starting at 17-16 pushed the Hoosiers lead to four at 20-16, however Wisconsin answered with a 6-0 run to take a late 21-20 advantage. After an IU timeout, a Morgan Leach kill knotted it up at 21, but the Badgers eventually closed out the set to tie the match at 1-1. Haverly again paced the Hoosiers’ attack with five kills, while Tallman dished 11 assists.
Another closely contested game resulted in the third with both teams tied on 11 different occasions before the Badgers took a 2-1 lead with a 25-22 taking of set three.
The Hoosiers would fall in a match-ending fourth set, 25-19.
IU is back in action at U-Gym tomorrow, Nov. 2, when the Hoosiers host No. 10 Minnesota. Opening serve is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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