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No. 1 Wisconsin volleyball opens season with sweep over No. 13 Purdue

One year, one month, and one day later, the long-awaited return of the No. 1 Wisconsin volleyball team did not disappoint on Friday night. The well-rounded Badgers (1-0, 1-0 B1G) dominated No. 13 Purdue, 25-14, 25-15, 25-16, at the UW Field House.

New and experienced players alike powered the Badgers to their first win of the season. Senior Dana Rettke did Dana Rettke things, notching 11 kills, four blocks, three digs and a .733 hitting percentage (11 kills-0 errors-15 attempts). Freshman Devyn Robinson had a fantastic collegiate debut with nine kills, two digs, a block while hitting .750 (9-0-12). Senior Lauren Barnes tallied a team-high 11 digs in the back row.

As a team, Wisconsin hit .415 (45-6-94) while holding the Boilermakers (0-1, 0-1) to just .116 (30-19-95). The Badgers served three aces to Purdue's two, with senior Grace Loberg scoring both aces. UW finished with a 41-32 advantage in digs while outblocking the Boilermakers 4-2.

Five players made their Badger debuts -- freshman Jade Demps, redshirt senior Deahna Kraft, freshman MJ Hammill, senior Giorgia Civita and Robinson.

The Badgers wrap up their series with Purdue tomorrow at 8 p.m.

(UW Athletics contributed information to this article.)

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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