After a relatively easy first 4 rounds of the tournament, the 12th seeded Badgers faced the overall No. 1 seed, the University of Texas on Thursday night. The end result was a 3-1 win over the best team in the tournament.
Their huge front line was supposed to be a major obstacle in Wisconsin’s chances of advancing.
Wisconsin came into the game and looked unfazed from the first serve. They attacked the big block of Texas and did not back away from the challenge.
In the backcourt, senior libero Annemarrie Hickey and junior outside hitter Deme Morales led the team in digs. Their play on the court saved many points and turned the tide in favor of Wisconsin.
Tonight, the Badgers play for the national championship against a Penn State team that has already beaten them twice. The newly found confidence that has grown during this playoff run will be a huge factor in their match tonight.
The other main factor in their success during the tournament has been the strong serving of the Badgers. By serving certain spots on the court, they get the opposing team out of system, which weakens their attacking strength.
Penn State is another big and physical team, just like Texas. Wisconsin can use what they learned in beating Texas as a way to defeat Penn State as well. With the tournament ending today, Wisconsin hopes to cement their legacy as the first 12 seed to win the tournament, but most importantly, bring home the first championship in Wisconsin volleyball history.