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No. 3 Badgers volleyball still perfect in the Big Ten following sweep of Indiana

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Per UW Athletics) -- The third-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team rolled to a 4-0 start in Big Ten Conference play on Saturday, sweeping Indiana, 25-19, 25-21, 25-15, in Bloomington.

Wisconsin (12-1, 4-0 Big Ten) recorded a .386 hitting percentage (37-10-70) and collected six team blocks to narrowly out block the Hoosiers 6-5. Indiana (12-5, 1-3 Big Ten) hit only .233 percent (38-17-90) and recorded 11 service errors in the match.

Junior Kelli Bates led the UW offense, hitting nine kills and adding one assist. Senior Lauren Carlini hit a season-high .667 hitting percentage (4-0-6) and led the Badgers with 28 assists.

Freshman Molly Haggerty and junior Lauryn Gillis each hit seven kills for Wisconsin, while senior Haleigh Nelson added six.

Freshman libero M.E. Dodge saved a match-high nine digs for Wisconsin while Carlini added seven saves and three blocks. Sophomore Tionna Williams recorded a match-high four blocks, adding four kills.

The Badgers started the match strong, running to a 13-9 lead and forcing the Hoosiers to take a timeout. The Hoosiers were able to steal a few points back from Wisconsin, but two Hoosier service errors gave Wisconsin an 18-13 advantage. Back-to-back kills from Williams sealed the first-set victory for the Badgers, 25-19.

Indiana put up a fight in the second set, forcing 10 tied points and three lead changes. Redshirt freshman Kendall Beerman hit four kills in the second period, keeping Wisconsin on its toes.

The Badgers finally claimed and kept the lead after a Hoosier ball handing error, then went on a 6-3 run to force a Hoosier timeout with a 20-16 advantage. Indiana rallied again for a 3-0 run to cut the UW lead, but the Badgers held out for the 25-21 win and a 2-0 set lead.

The Badgers sprinted to a 5-0 start in the third stanza, keeping the ball rolling through the set to lead by as many as eight points. Four Hoosier errors in the final 7-5 run finished out the set to clinch the Wisconsin sweep, 25-15.

The Badgers travel east to continue Big Ten play at Rutgers on Wednesday, facing the Scarlet Knights at 6 p.m. (CT). Wisconsin returns home Saturday for a matchup with #24 Illinois at the UW Field House, set for 7:30 p.m.

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