Sept. 2, 2017
The No. 2 University of Minnesota volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-14) win over University of Texas San Antonio, this morning, to kick off the second day of the Diet Coke Classic. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 4-0 this season and 2-0 at home in the 2017 season.
Minnesota hit .382 for the match to UTSA's .121 and out dug the Roadrunners, 46-34. The Gophers also held a 6-3 advantage in blocks. The Gophers had 11 student-athletes see action in the match, including two that earned their first collegiate kill. Stephanie Samedy led the Gophers with a double double when she had 11 kills (hit .333) and 11 digs, while Jasmyn Martin had nine kills and hit .421. Regan Pittman added eight kills and hit .571, while Molly Lohman had five kills in eight attempts (.625). Samantha Seliger-Swenson had 36 assists, two aces and three digs. Dalianliz Rosado had 10 digs and two aces.
The Gophers finish the Diet Coke Classic with the last match of the tournament, tonight at 7 p.m., or 30 minutes following the West Virginia/UTSA match (4:30 p.m. start). The Gophers will also honor former athletics director Joel Maturi as the Pavilion has undergone a name change, Sports Pavilion to Maturi Pavilion, in honor of Minnesota's longtime AD. A ceremony will be conducted at 5 p.m. outside the main ticket gate.
First Set: The Gophers opened the match hitting .600 in the first set en route to a 25-12 win. Minnesota opened the match with a 4-0 start as the Roadrunners called its first timeout. The Gophers built up a 13-6 lead off an Alexis Hart kill as UTSA called its second timeout of the set. A Hart/Lohman block pushed the Gopher lead to 17-9. Gophers added another block from Martin and Pittman for a 23-11 lead. The Gophers closed out the set with back-to-back kills from Martin to finish the set and take a 1-0 lead.
Second Set: The Gophers came from behind and finished the set on an 8-0 run to win the set, 25-17. Minnesota opened the set with a 4-1 lead before UTSA responded to tie the set at 5-5. After the two teams traded points through 9-9, UTSA built a 13-10 lead and forced the Gophers to call a timeout. Minnesota, however, responded out of its timeout and tied the set at 15-15 off a Pittman kill and later took a 16-15 lead off a Lohman ace. It forced UTSA to call its first timeout of the set. After the two teams tied at 16 and again at 17, Minnesota went on a 3-0 run and a 20-17 lead as the Roadrunners called a timeout. Minnesota continued to pour on the pressure as the Gophers finished off the set with five more points to close out the set and go up, 2-0.
Third Set: Minnesota opened the third on a 7-3 run as the Roadrunners used their first timeout. The Gophers went up 13-5 off a UTSA attack error, which forced the Roadrunners to call their second timeout. A Lohman kill later pushed the Gopher lead to 14-9, while Martin put the Gophers at 17-11. Kayla Buford added her first collegiate kill and a 21-13 lead. Sydney Kleinman added her first collegiate kills when she gave the Gophers their 23rd point and match point in her third attempt.
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