MILWAUKEE — With a record-breaking crowd of 17,032 fans in attendance for Wednesday night's in-state rivalry match at Fiserv Forum, No. 1 Wisconsin (8-0) dropped Marquette (2-6) in four sets: 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, and 25-18.
Wednesday night's crowd surpassed the NCAA regular-season indoor record (16,833), which was set by the Badgers on Sept. 16, 2022 at Kohl Center against the Florida Gators. It also is the most-attended women's sporting event in Wisconsin state history.
"To play in front of this kind of crowd and environment was great," Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield said.
Marquette senior outside hitter Aubrey Hamilton recorded a match-high 16 kills, one of which included her 1,000th career hill in the opening set. She also added eight digs.
Three Badgers produced double-figure hitting performances with Anna Smrek and Sarah Franklin both tallying 15 kills, while Temi Thomas-Ailara notched 10.
Marquette senior outside hitter Aubrey Hamilton led the Golden Eagles (2-6) with 16 kills and eight digs, and recorded her 1,000th career kill on her third of the night midway through the opening set.
Wisconsin hit .244 (60 kills - 19 errors - 168 attempts) on the night while holding the Golden Eagles to .092 (46 - 31 - 163).
What's next after selling out Fiserv Forum?
TMJ4 Sports asked Marquette Athletic Director Bill Scholl if there could be a bigger venue in the future for this in-state rivalry.
He jokingly responded, "One potential venue could be a Final Four venue, but the other option — you know, Lambeau Field isn't that far away."
Both teams close out non-conference play this week. No. 1 Wisconsin travels to Gainsville, Fla. for a tough test with No. 3 Florida on Saturday. Marquette travels to the Milwaukee Panthers Thursday for a quick turnaround match.
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