CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The sixth-seeded Wisconsin volleyball team is headed to the NCAA Elite Eight after sweeping San Diego in the regional semifinals. The Badgers downed the Toreros 25-13, 25-16, 25-10, Friday afternoon at Huff Hall.
Wisconsin (25-6) out muscled San Diego (18-13) all three sets to punch its ticket to the regional finals. The Badgers sided out at 80 percent and used multiple long offensive scoring runs, including a 7-0 rally at the end of the first set and a another 7-0 run near the end of the third set, to terminate the Toreros.
UW hit a season-best .515 (38 kills – 4 errors – 66 attempts) while holding USD to a .045 (28-24-89) hitting percentage. Sophomore Dana Rettke paced the offense with nine kills while senior Tionna Williams and sophomore Dana Rettke both added eight kills apiece.
The Badgers also flexed their muscles at the net, out blocking San Diego, 15-2. Williams led all players with 10 stuffs, including her 500th career block. With such strong blocking, Wisconsin recorded only 26 digs while the Toreros tallied only 20 saves.
Seven service aces propelled Wisconsin through today’s match. The Badgers served seven aces while only allowing three. Junior Madison Duello and sophomore Grace Loberg each tallied two aces.
The Badgers return to Huff Hall to play in the NCAA Regional final against No. 3 Illinois tomorrow at 3 p.m. The match airs live on ESPNU.
–UW-Madison Athletic Communications