SEATTLE – For the second time in program history, the No. 12-seeded Wisconsin volleyball team will play in the NCAA national championship game after defeating No. 1-seeded Texas 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23) in the national semifinals on Thursday night at KeyArena.
Leading the Wisconsin charge was junior Ellen Chapman, who tallied 17 kills to pace the Badgers and to tie for match-high honors. Junior Deme Morales added 14 kills, while Dominique Thompson collected 12 kills. Freshman setter Lauren Carlini, who earned second-team All-America honors on Wednesday, recorded 50 assists and 12 digs for her 22nd double-double.
Senior Annemarie Hickey collected a game-best 21 digs, while Morales chipped in 14 digs to earn her 19th double-double of the season.
Wisconsin will face the winner of the second national semifinal match between Washington and Penn State on Saturday in an 8:30 p.m. (CT) contest at KeyArena.
- Wisconsin also made the national championship game in 2000, when the Badgers defeated USC in the semifinal game before falling in five sets to No. 1 Nebraska in the championship match.
- The Badgers held the Longhorns to a season-low .156 attack percentage.
- Wisconsin tallied seven service aces, including six in the first two frames, while Texas only aced UW twice. Texas also committed nine service errors.
- The Badgers tied their season low in service errors recording only three errors at the line. The last time UW recorded three service errors was against Cal in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Dec. 7, 2013.
- Wisconsin overcame a dominant Texas net defense, which outblocked the Badgers 19-10.