After battling back from a two-set deficit, the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team’s comeback came up short as the sixth-seeded Badgers fell to 11th-seeded Florida 25-17, 25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 15-12 in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in Austin, Texas.
“it’s two teams that I don’t think anybody should hang their heads about. I thought it was a great, great college volleyball match,” UW Head Coach Kelly Sheffield said. “It’s the Sweet Sixteen and unfortunately somebody has to lose but it was one heck of a battle and I’m proud of my kids.”
Wisconsin (26-7) hit .275 (69 kills – 27 errors – 153 total attempts) and was paced by sophomores Kelli Bates and Lauryn Gillis. Bates led the Badgers with a career-high 21 kills while Gillis tied her career high with 20 kills.
Florida’s high-powered attack overwhelmed the Badgers as the Gators hit .349 (68-15-152).
After dropping the first two sets, the Badgers roared back against Florida to force a fifth set.
The Badgers lose only one player (Taylor Morey) to graduation, returning six starters and 12 letter winners for next season.