The No. 1 University of Minnesota volleyball program earned its second sweep of the day when it defeated Corpus-Christi, today at the American Campus Classic in Austin, Texas.
Minnesota was led by Stephanie Samedy, who had 11 kills and hit .348, followed by Alexis Hart with eight and Molly Lohman with seven (.545). Samantha Seliger-Swenson recorded her second double-double of the day when she had 34 assists, 11 digs, three blocks and one ace. In all, Minnesota had 12 student-athletes see action in the win.
As a team, the Gophers had 42 kills, hit .297, had 10 blocks and 48 digs. They held CC to 35 kills, 38 digs and four blocks as the Islanders hit .134.
Minnesota plays No. 5 Texas, tomorrow night at 8 p.m. The match will be televised on the Longhorn Network.
First Set: Minnesota capitalized on a 33.3 hitting percent to take a 25-20 win. After a kill by Jasmyn Martin, the Gophers took a 7-4 lead, which caused TAMUCC a timeout. A block from Samedy/Morgan placed the Gophers at a 12-9 advantage. The Gophers later took a 17-12 lead after Hart added her second kill of the set. It forced TAMUCC to call its second timeout of the set. Pittman added an ace for a 19-15 Gopher lead, while Morgan later added a kill for a 22-17 lead.
Second Set: The Gophers used a 5-1 run in the middle of the set to win it, 25-19. Corpus Christi held a 7-5 lead, but the Gophers came back and tied the set at 8-8. From there, the two teams traded points before a Samedy kill and an Islander attacker error put the Gophers up, 14-12. After the Islanders pulled within one at 15-14, the Gophers rattled off a 5-1 run as they lead, 20-15 and forced CC to call a timeout. A Samedy/Lohman block later pushed the score to 23-16, while Samedy added a kill and an overpass kill for a 2-0 Gopher lead.
Third Set: Minnesota closed out the match with a 25-20 set win. After the two teams tied early, Minnesota took a 10-6 lead, capped off by a Samedy kill. Minnesota added back-to-back blocks from Samedy/Lohman for a 13-8 lead as Corpus-Christi called its first timeout. Minnesota cushioned the lead to 16-9 off a Lohman kill and a CC double contact. Minnesota went up 19-13 off a Sydney Kleinman kill and later 21-15 off a Hart kill. Minnesota closed out the match with a Morgan/Kleinman block and a Kleinman kill for a 3-0 win.
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