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Down Goes Texas; Badgers Into NCAA Championship Match


The price of a gallon of gas was under a dollar the last time the UW Women’s Volleyball team played for a National Championship. And they’ll do it one more time 13-years later after chanting “Down Goes Texas.”

The 12-seeded Badgers completed what might be considered the upset of the season in college sports, toppling the overall No. 1 seeded, Texas Longhorns, beating them three sets to one (25-19, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23)

“I don’t have any words right now. I couldn’t be prouder of my team,” Lauren Carlini, freshman setter for UW, said. “There was no way I thought (playing for a national championship) was going to happen my freshman season.”

Head coach Kelly Sheffield said afterwards he was proud of his team and how they attacked the defending champs, and quite possibly UW’s most intimidating opponent of the season to date.

“We talked about going in, take their best punch,” Sheffield said. “Beat a team that lives in a moment is what I told them in the final timeout. Go get what you want.”

Ellen Chapman led the offensive push for Wisconsin, pushing down 17 kills (.189) and throwing in three aces and four digs.

Domonique Thompson was right behind her with 12 kills (.222) and five blocks.

Carlini assisted on 50 points in the match.

Wisconsin will play the winner of Washington and Penn State in the National Title game.

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  • Thomas N. Dickman

    Badgers were in the final in 2000. They lost to Nebraska to finish second in the nation. Please edit your story.