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College Volleyball: Badgers open NCAA tournement with 3-0 win

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The No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball team opened NCAA tournament with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-11) win over Marquette University in Ames, Iowa, Friday afternoon.

The Badgers staged a balanced offensive attack with Kelli Bates, Dana Rettke, and Grace Loberg earning 11 kills apiece. Bates also added 10 digs to earn her ninth double-double of the season.

As a team, Wisconsin (21-9) hit .337 (49 kills – 14 errors – 104 attempts). Marquette (22-10) earned a .184 (34-15-103) hitting percentage.

Libero Tiffany Clark was phenomenal in the backcourt, notching a match-high 19 digs. Wisconsin had 49 saves to Marquette’s 33.

At the net, Rettke had three stuffs to help the Badgers out block MU, 4-2.

The Badgers advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament and will play the winner of tonight’s match between Iowa State vs. Princeton Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.

(UW Athletics contributed information to this article.)

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