Gophers Win in Straight Sets to Go 2-0 on the Season
Aug. 25, 2012
The University of Minnesota added its second win of the day when it won in straight sets over Appalachian State, 25-10, 25-14, 25-19 to conclude the James Madison Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va. With the win, the Golden Gophers are 2-0 in the early 2012 season.
Minnesota was led by Katherine Harms, Ashley Wittman and Tori Dixon, who all had a double digit kill match. Daly Santana led the team with 16 digs, while Wittman added a double double (13 digs) and Lindsey Lawmaster had 12. Santana also led the Gophers with three aces. Karlie Hauer recorded her first kills as a Golden Gopher when she had two in three attempts.
Minnesota outhit ASU .412 to .098 and outblocked the Mountaineers, 7.0-6.0. Out of the starters, Wittman held the best hitting percentage at .611. Minnesota made quick work as the match ended in an hour and eight minutes.
The Gophers dominated the first set as they went on a 9-0 run and took a commanding 15-4 lead in the first set. After a sideout by ASU, Wittman would increase the Gopher lead with three-straight kills at 18-5. Minnesota would close out the first set with an ace from Santana, a kill by Dixon and an attack error by ASU. The Gophers hit .520 in the first set, led by Harms and Wittman with four kills.
Minnesota added a .359 kill percent in the second to win 25-14. Like the first set, Minnesota jumped out to a 19-12 lead when Harms added a kill. The Gophers would make quick work and ended the set with another kill by Harms and an attack error by ASU. The Gophers rebounded from an early 3-0 deficit to tie the match at 3-3. As the two teams were tied 9-9, Minnesota took the lead for good when it went on a 5-1 run. aA kill by Santana and two by Wittman pushed the Gopher lead to 15-11. Santana would then provide back-to-back aces to bring the score to 20-13. The Gophers closed out the set and the match with a kill by Harms for the set point and Santana for the match point to end the game.
Minnesota hosts the Diet Coke Classic, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Sports Pavilion. They welcome Miami (OH), Long Island and Albany. Minnesota will face Long Island at 8 p.m. Friday and play Miami at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Albany at 8 p.m.