Sept. 2, 2017
The No. 2 University of Minnesota volleyball program won its home tournament with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20) over Tennessee, to conclude the Diet Coke Classic, tonight at Maturi Pavilion. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 5-0 on the season and remain undefeated at home in the last 39 straight matches. The home win streak spans over four seasons, dating back to 2014.
Stephanie Samedy was named the tournament's most valuable player when she accumulated 43 kills, averaged 4.78 kills per set and hit .363. Samantha Seliger-Swenson added 126 sets and averaged 14.00 per set. Molly Lohman added a hitting clip of .625.
Against Tennessee, Samedy had 17 kills and hit .371, while Regan Pittman had 15 kills and hit .684 and a team-best five blocks. Outside hitters Alexis Hart and Jasmyn Martin had nine and eight kills, respectively. Seliger-Swenson posted a season-high 49 assists, while Dalianliz Rosado posted 12 digs. As a team, the Gophers hit .396 against the Volunteers, added seven blocks, 51 digs and three aces. Tennessee hit .264 in the match, had 33 digs and 5.5 blocks.
Minnesota has a short turnaround this week as it plays in Austin, Texas, Sept. 7-8. The Gophers battle Denver and Corpus-Christi on Sept. 7, and faces No. 4 Texas, Sept. 8. The Longhorn Network will televise all matches as a part of the American Campus Classic.
First Set: Minnesota built a 12-9 lead with back-to-back kills from Samedy as the Volunteers called a timeout. Taylor Morgan pushed the score to 14-11 in favor of the Gophers with a kill, while a Pittman kill added a 16-12 lead. Tennessee, however, battled back and tied the set at 16-16 off a Gopher attack error. The two teams traded points until the Vols took a 20-18 lead. The Gophers, however, responded and rattled off four-straight points and took a 22-20 lead off four-straight kills (Samedy, two by Martin and Pittman). The run forced Tennessee to call a timeout. The Gophers pushed it to set point on a solo block, while Maddie Beal finished off the set with a kill.
Second Set: The Gophers hit .429 in the second set for a 25-15 win. After tying at 11, the Gophers took a 15-12 lead after a Samedy/Pittman block attempt as the Vols used its first timeout. An ace by Lauren Barnes pushed the Gopher lead to four (19-15), while a Tennessee attack error gave the Gophers a 20-15 lead. The attack error forced the Vols to call their second timeout of the set. Minnesota, however, continued to cushion the lead with a block and four-straight kills to close out the second set and take a 2-0 lead.
Third Set: Minnesota hit .424 to Tennessee's .312 to win the set and match, 3-0. The two teams traded two-points leads before Tennessee took a 10-7 lead as the Gophers called a timeout. Minnesota responded out of its timeout and tied the set at 11 off a Tennessee attack error. Minnesota and Tennessee continued to battle within two points. The Gophers took an 18-16 lead after Samedy added her 14th kill of the match. A Samedy/Lohman block pushed the Gopher lead to 20-17 and forced Tennessee to use its second timeout. A Lohman kill put the Gophers at a 22-19 advantage. Pittman and Samedy combined for a block for match point, while Pittman added the final kill for a 25-20 set and match win.
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