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College volleyball: Badgers sweep Indiana to remain undefeated

Despite a slow start, the No. 1-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team rallied to remain undefeated on the season. The Badgers (7-0, 7-0 B1G) swept Indiana 25-21, 25-17, 25-13 on Friday afternoon from Wilkinson Hall.

Wisconsin jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set but Indiana (2-5, 2-5) rallied to take a 6-5 lead. The set was tied seven times including at 16-16 as Indiana out-blocked the Badgers 8-1 in the period. A service ace by Izzy Ashburn put the Badgers up 17-16, a lead they would not relinquish. While other hitters struggled early, freshman Devyn Robinson put away five kills in the first set while hitting .400 (5 kills – 1 error – 10 attempts). 

As the match went on, Wisconsin got better and better and so did Robinson. The 6-foot-2 right-side hitter put away nine kills in the second set on 10 attempts for a .900 hitting percentage, leading the Badgers to a 2-0 lead. 

In the third set, the score was tied six times early before the Badgers went on an 8-2 run to take a 14-8 lead and complete the sweep.

After hitting just .140 (15-9-43) in the first set, Wisconsin hit better than .400 in the remaining two sets to end the match hitting .316 (44-14-95). The Badgers held the Hoosiers to an opponent season-low negative .022 (21-23-93).

Robinson finished with a career-high 18 kills, which ties for third on the UW single-match record list under 25-point rally scoring. No other UW player put away more than seven kills.

Wisconsin was outblocked for the first time this season, 10-9. Rettke led all players with seven stuffs while Sydney Hilley added a season-high four blocks.

The Badgers finished with a 41-33 advantage in digs as Grace Loberg had 10 saves. Hilley and Lauren Barnes both added nine digs.

UW struggled from the service line, recording 12 errors and only four service aces. Rettke led the Badgers with two aces.

Wisconsin wraps up its weekend series against the Hoosiers on Saturday. First serve is at 3 p.m.

(UW Athletics contributed information to this article.)

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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