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Stanford rallies, end Wisconsin's season in the Elite 8

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MADISON, Wis. – The season for the third-seeded Wisconsin volleyball team came to an end on Saturday evening with an 18-25, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 15-9 loss to sixth-seeded Stanford in the UW Field House.

Wisconsin ended the season in the Elite Eight on the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in program history. The Badgers are now 42-20 in 20 years of tournament play.

The Badgers finished the year 28-5, their fourth straight season with 26-or-more wins. Wisconsin also tied for second in the Big Ten  Conference at 17-3.

Four UW players tallied double-figure kills in the match as Lauryn Gillis (15), Haleigh Nelson (15), Romana Kriskova (13) and Tionna Williams (11) led the Badgers

Wisconsin hit .244 (69 kills – 28 errors – 168 attempts) and Stanford hit .271 (67-21-170).

The Cardinal outblocked the Badgers 18-9.

UW finished with a 72-65 advantage in digs behind 24 digs from Kelli Bates. Bates also tied her career high with four service aces.

Seniors Lauren Carlini and Haleigh Nelson as well as freshman Molly Haggerty were named to the regional all-tournament team. They were joined on the team by Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku (MVP), Kathryn Plummer and Morgan Hentz.

The Badgers lose four seniors to graduation – Carlini, Nelson, Kriskova and Tori Blake. The class has a four-year record of 113-25.

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