There were three things that the ninth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team was looking to do on Saturday in its final match of the Clemson Invitational – serve, pass and defend.
The Badgers (4-2) did all three things well to pick up a 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 win over Clemson on Saturday afternoon. The win gave Wisconsin a 2-0 record on the weekend and the team title of the Clemson Invitational
Wisconsin scored on five service aces against the Tigers (5-4), who were held scoreless from the service line. Clemson entered the match averaging more than 2.0 service aces per set. Junior Dana Rettke and freshman Izzy Ashburn both recorded two aces in the match.
Behind 11 digs from Sydney Hilley and 10 saves from Tiffany Clark, UW finished with a 42-37 advantage in digs. The Badgers also outblocked Clemson 6-4.
That defense held the Tigers to a .196 (39 kills – 18 errors – 107 attempts) team hitting percentage while Wisconsin hit .343 (46-11-102).
The Badgers had three players record 10-or-more kills behind a match-high 14 kills from Clemson Invitational MVP Rettke. The 6-foot-8 middle blocker hit and impressive .609 (14-0-23) while adding a team-best four blocks. Molly Haggerty, who was named to the all-tournament team along with Ashburn, added 12 kills while Grace Loberg put away 10 attacks offensively.
Hilley put up 35 assists, running the Badger offense, recording her second double-double of the season with her 11 digs.
Wisconsin wraps up the non-conference season with a home-and-home series against No. 12 Washington. The Badgers face the Huskies in the UW Field House on Thursday at 8 p.m. live on FoxSports 1. Wisconsin then travels to Seattle where it will take on Washington on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT from Alaska Airlines Arena live on the Pac-12 Networks.
— UW-Madison Athletic Communications