Badger Volleyball takes down Nebraska, wins first national championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time ever, the Badger volleyball team are national champions.

On the biggest stage, Wisconsin took down Nebraska, 3-2, on Saturday night in the NCAA Championship in Columbus.

National Player of the Year Dana Rettke had a big night for the Badgers, managing 9 kills and 13 total blocks, but it was Anna Smrek’s match-high 14 kills that were a difference maker.

Great performances from Devyn Robinson, Grace Loberg and Lauren Barnes also helped seal the game for the Badgers.

After dropping the first set, it took a heroic effort from Wisconsin to come out on top in a 31-29 marathon second set. The Badgers found their groove in the third set, winning it 25-23. Kelly Sheffield’s team attempted a comeback late in the fourth set, but fell 25-23, setting up a fifth set where Wisconsin took it 15-12.

No. 4 Wisconsin (31-3) took down top-seeded and undefeated Louisville in the national semifinals on Thursday to secure at date with the Huskers, who the Badgers swept now this season.