Wisconsin loses heartbreaker to Purdue


first_imgSenior captain Brittney Dolgner ended her career on a sour note, watching from the sidelines as UW fell to the Boilermakers.[/media-credit]It was a frustrating end to a frustrating season for the Wisconsin volleyball team as the Badgers lost their season finale in five sets to the Purdue Boilermakers at the Field House.After Purdue took the first two sets by a score of 25-23 and 25-19, UW answered with an impressive 25-15 win in the third set and 25-20 result in the fourth, forcing a fifth set. The Boilermakers escaped Madison with the season-ending victory as they took the final set 15-11 over the Badgers.“I was real proud of how they battled to come back to the fifth (set),” head coach Pete Waite said. “I just wish they could have been rewarded by winning that fifth and getting it done here tonight for the seniors or for the whole team finishing off the season.”Wisconsin was shorthanded from the beginning Saturday night after losing freshman Kirby Toon to an injured left thumb a night earlier. Toon’s absence forced UW to alter its lineup, which may have led to the Badgers’ slow start.The Badgers’ attack was abysmal in the first set as they finished with just a .098 hitting percentage and just 14 kills to 10 errors. Purdue was not much better, but the Boilermakers hit .114 in the first set, which allowed them to escape with the 25-23 result.UW continued to struggle in the second set but improved as the Badgers hit .212. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, the Purdue attack had its best set on the night, hitting .375 with just four errors to 16 kills, which allowed PU to take the 25-19 win and a two-set lead.Despite the slow start, Waite was happy with the way his team reacted to the loss of Toon.“It is tough … but I think they really stepped up and adjusted well,” Waite said of his team. “Especially someone like Mary Ording, who has hardly practiced on the right all season and yet we asked her to do that, and she did well. Kelsey Maloney (had a) great match — 10 kills and one error.”“I think just everyone has to step their game up a little bit,” freshman Alexis Mitchell added. “Mary did a great job coming in on the right side. She stepped it up for us and got some big blocks at the end there.”Mitchell led the UW attack, tallying 15 kills to just three errors for a .375 hitting percentage on the night, which was second only to Maloney. Ording and Maloney were especially important as they helped UW bounce back after dropping the first two sets.With the team struggling through the first two sets, Waite changed things up beginning with the third set, including removing seniors Brittney Dolgner and Caity DuPont in favor of younger players.Waite’s changes worked, as the Badgers dominated the third set, 25-15 to extend the match to a fourth set. UW had 13 kills to just three errors in the third, improving their percentage again as the Boilermakers hit just .108, their worst in any set on the night.“I think our serve receive picked up a lot,” Dolgner said. “Tougher serving and keeping them out of their offense was definitely a key factor in that. And then we were just blocking a lot more balls and just being really scrappy and picking up a lot of our defense.”The fourth set was not quite as easy as the third, but the Badgers still came out on top, 25-20, in order to force a fifth and final set, which would be the last of their season.It looked like UW could finally get a victory and avoid ending the year on nine match losing streak and a home loss, but the Boilermakers responded well in the final set.After the two teams battled to a 7-7 tie, Purdue took control, scoring four straight points and forcing a UW timeout.Although the Badgers battled back to cut the lead to three points at 13-10 and again at 14-11, they couldn’t escape the Field House with a win Saturday, falling 15-11 in the final set.With nine straight losses to end the season, Wisconsin will not compete in its second straight NCAA Tournament, the first time the Badgers have missed back-to-back tournaments since 1988-89.“That’s no fun; we want to stop that,” Waite said of the losing streak. “But I think the team has stayed really positive throughout the whole last half of the Big Ten season. They continued to work hard … looking to next year, they’ll be much more experienced and savvy on the court.”last_img read more

No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State shocks No. 2 seed Michigan State, will face Syracuse on Sunday


first_imgWhen Matt Costello’s and-one cut the lead to two early in the second half, MTSU scored six points in the span of 47 seconds to make the lead eight. Bryn Forbes responded with a 3. Then Potts hit now of his own.Costello cut it to 65-64 with a layup. Then Harris hit an and-one. Colby Wallenman made two free throws to bring it to 77-76, then Perrin Buford hit an and-one layup. Every sniff at a run or any hope of momentum was always dashed by a Blue Raiders basket.“In my wildest dreams I didn’t think they’d hit some of the shots they hit,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said in a tear-filled press conference. “We didn’t guard them real good. But, man, they made some shots. Boy, really take my hat off to the shots they made.”After the game, players in the MTSU locker room spoke with large throngs of reporters. A lot of them looked as their phones started blowing up. Some, like Jaqawn Raymond stood with an ear-to-ear, smile on his face.“We know it’s a big win. We know nobody think we was gonna win this game,” Raymond said. “I’m pretty sure there’s some brackets that’s not gonna win no money … We got our jobs done.”For the Spartans, the locker room was quiet. In the press room, Izzo cried. He shot back at a reporter who asked about what the game meant for the future, saying he refused to look past today. Denzel Valentine lamented MTSU’s changing defense — everything from a 1-3-1 to 2-3 zone to man-to-man.The loss pits Michigan State with Duke and Missouri from 2012, both No. 2 seeds that lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But Michigan State was arguably the best team in the country. It had been snubbed of a No. 1 seed. It had Valentine, the consensus best player in the country. And suddenly, it was all over.Margaret Lin | Senior Staff Photographer“I will never forget this day,” Michigan State’s Marvin Clark said. “I just can’t let this happen again.”The Blue Raiders will spend all of Friday night relaxing and celebrating. Then at 6 a.m. on Saturday, they’ll meet and go over tape. Assistant coach Win Case already spent the week watching Syracuse tape, he’s seen six of its games.They were readying for a game that only they thought was possible. On Friday morning, Middle Tennessee State was just another 15 seed. Now, it’s a Cinderella story. It’s the winner of one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history.“We weren’t scared of the moment,” Buford said. Comments Published on March 18, 2016 at 7:31 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 ST. LOUIS — The game wasn’t over, but Darnell Harris raised both his arms as high as they would go. Just 6.6 seconds were on the clock — a fraction of a game that was already in Middle Tennessee’s grasp.The Blue Raiders cheering section, The Blue Zoo, was small but loud, synchronizing in one continuous roar. This was a moment that seemed possible as soon as MTSU jumped out to a 15-2 lead, but wasn’t a certified reality until it actually was.“We played our ass off today, man,” Giddy Potts said.15th-seeded MTSU (25-9, 13-5 Conference USA) shocked second-seeded Michigan State (29-6, 13-5 Big Ten) and the college basketball world with its 90-81 win on Friday afternoon at the Scottrade Center. Every Spartan run was met with an MTSU answer.All five of MTSU’s starters scored in double figures. They combined to make 11 3s, take 21 free throws and never let the Spartans take a lead or score more than eight consecutive points. The Blue Raiders will now face Syracuse on Sunday afternoon. The Orange defeated Dayton in the first round earlier on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s so much national attention,” head coach Kermit Davis said. “And on CBS, on a Friday afternoon, and when you beat a team like that … And to do it on that kind of stage, it’s a great day for our whole university.”MORE COVERAGE: Time Machine: 15th-seeded Richmond upsets 2nd-seeded Syracuse, 73-69Syracuse puts 2014 NCAA Tournament loss to Dayton in past with 70-51 win over FlyersFast Reaction: 3 quick takeaways after Syracuse’s 70-51 blowout of DaytonTyler Roberson falls 1 rebound short of Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament record in win over DaytonGallery: Syracuse beats Dayton in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament matchup Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse beats Dayton in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament matchupDayton collapses under pressure of Syracuse’s early second-half runFast Reaction: 3 quick takeaways after Syracuse’s 70-51 blowout of DaytonSyracuse dominates Dayton center Steve McElvene in the paintTime Machine: 15th-seeded Richmond upsets 2nd-seeded Syracuse, 73-69 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Conway Springs gets a big early-season win with 21-6 victory over Caney Valley


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