The University of Minnesota improved to 6-0 this season when it earned a 3-0 win over Denver, today, in Austin, Texas, in conjunction with the American Campus Classic (hosted by Texas). The Golden Gophers defeated the Pioneers, 25-16, 25-19, 25-13, in the first of six matches during this four-team tournament.
Minnesota was led by Stephanie Samedy who had 10 kills, while Alexis Hart had nine. Molly Lohman added the team’s best hitting clip at .462 when she had seven kills and added a team-best eight blocks. Samantha Seliger-Swenson had 34 assists and 12 digs for her first double-double of the season and added three aces. Dalianliz Rosado also had 12 digs, an ace and five assists. As a team, Minnesota hit .292 to Denver’s .066, held a 49-38 dig advantage and outblocked the Pioneers, 12-6.
The Gophers had a quick turnaround as they compete again tonight, 5 p.m., against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi.
First Set: Gophers hit .344 in the first set to win, 25-16. Minnesota opened up the first set with a 5-0 run and forced Denver to call a timeout. As Denver cut the Gopher lead to 9-7, Minnesota responded with a 5-0 run, which forced the Pioneers to call their second timeout. A combined block from Lohman and Hart pushed the Gopher lead to 11-7, while Lohman provided a kill the 14-7 advantage. The Gophers were able to get six points off Rosado’s serve rotation. Minnesota continued to add the pressure and pushed the lead to 20-12 off a Samedy kill. The Gophers pushed the score to set point off a Samedy kill, while Denver committed a ball handling error for Minnesota to go up, 1-0.
Second Set: Minnesota hit .424 in the second, while it limited Denver to a 15.4 percent for a 25-19 set win. Denver took an early lead at 8-6, but the Gophers went on a 5-0 run to push ahead for an 11-8 lead as the Pioneers called a timeout. Back-to-back kills from Lohman tied the set at 8-8, while she and Samedy combined for a block. A Hart kill pushed the Gophers lead to 11-8 as DU used its first timeout. Minnesota continued to add to its lead after a 17-12 lead from Martin and Pittman. A Hart kill later pushed the Gopher lead to 21-15, while Samedy added set point. The Gophers went up, 2-0, after a Pittman kill.
Third Set: Minnesota used six blocks in the third set to win it, 25-13. The Gophers opened the third set with a 5-0 run as Seliger-Swenson added her second ace of the match. Minnesota continued to cruise and built up an 11-3 lead off a Pittman block as it forced the Pioneers to call their second timeout. Minnesota added back-to-back blocks, one by Seliger-Swenson/Lohman, another solo by Lohman for a 15-8 lead. Lohman also later added an ace for a 19-10 lead. Minnesota pushed it to set point off a long rally finished off with a Pittman kill. The Gophers closed out the match off a Denver attack error to go up, 3-0.
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